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Marlins' Beckett beats Nationals from plate, mound

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Josh Beckett's arm and bat helped the Florida Marlins move closer to the NL wild-card lead.

Beckett hit his first career home run, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Pierre drove in three runs each to lead the Marlins over the Washington Nationals 8-4 Thursday night.

"We've still got little more than half a month to go, probably three-quarters of a month actually," Beckett said. "We've got to keep winning. This thing ain't over yet."

Beckett (13-8) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He had been 0-2 in three starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 23.

"He got me out with fastballs, changeups, curveballs," Washington's Marlon Byrd said. "He was on today. ... That's the Beckett from the World Series a couple of years ago."

Cabrera hit his 30th homer and became the first Marlins player to reach 30 homers and 100 RBI twice. At 22 he is the youngest major-league player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Albert Pujols was a few months older when he did it in 2001-2.

Florida won three straight, outscoring Washington 24-7, after losing the series opener. The Marlins moved within a half-game of Houston, the NL wild-card leader, while Washington dropped four games behind the Astros.

"It takes a while for a team to jell and I think it's starting to come together now. It's really tough when you're losing and not doing well to jell like that," Beckett said.

John Patterson (8-5), pitching despite a sinus infection, gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He had been 6-0 with a 1.79 ERA in 15 starts at RFK Stadium.

"He's a little under the weather, so it wasn't surprising," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "He pitched like he could go out there and go as long as he could go. But he wasn't effective."

Washington's bullpen has been taxed this week because of short outings by the starters. Darrell Rasner got just eight outs Tuesday in his major-league debut and John Halama got only two outs Wednesday.

Manager Jack McKeon said the Marlins didn't want to make things easy for Patterson.

"We took him deep into the counts. That was one of our better games for making him pitch," McKeon said. "We're always up there swinging at first pitches and making outs, but we took him deep into the count."

The game drew 27,625 and increased the Nationals' home attendance to a franchise-record 2,333,091 in the team's first season in Washington. The previous mark was set when the Expos drew 2,320,651 to Montreal's Olympic Stadium in 1983.

Florida stole four bases on catcher Brian Schneider, and the first two led to runs.

Luis Castillo led off the game with a single, swiped second and scored on Cabrera's single for a 1-0 lead. Brad Wilkerson's triple and Jose Guillen's sacrifice fly tied the score in the bottom half, but Florida went ahead in the fourth when Damion Easley singled, stole second and scored on Pierre's bloop single to left.

Pierre stole second on a close play, and Patterson showed his frustration by flipping his glove into the air. He drew a rebuke from third base umpire Tim McClelland.

"He saw me flip my glove, and that's how frustrated I am. I was sick, there wasn't anything going right. I shouldn't have done it," Patterson said. "He thought I was showing the umpire up."

Beckett started a five-run fifth by homering in his 180th career at-bat. Cabrera hit an RBI single, Pierre had a two-run single that chased Patterson, and Matt Treanor added a run-scoring single off Travis Hughes for a 7-1 lead.

"I'm not a hitter," Beckett said. "It's cool, but like I said, I'm not here to show anybody up. I'm not a home run hitter now. It's just kind of part of the game."

Cristian Guzman had a run-scoring infield single in the bottom half. Cabrera homered in the sixth off Jon Rauch.

Washington crept closer in the ninth on pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman's RBI grounder and Brandon Watson's run-scoring triple.

Notes

  • Beckett has pitched a career-high 158 1/3 innings, 2 1/3 innings more than last year.
  • Washington's Nick Johnson drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. It was his first appearance since leaving a Sept. 3 game after aggravating a right heel injury.
 
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Josh Beckett allows two runs and strikes out seven over 6 2/3 and hits his first career homer.  (AP)
Josh Beckett allows two runs and strikes out seven over 6 2/3 and hits his first career homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Luis Castillo, 2B4220101 .304
Jeremy Hermida, LF4110012 .273
   a- Jeff Conine, PH-1B1000001 .302
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4233101 .333
Carlos Delgado, 1B5020015 .290
    Jim Mecir, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Juan Encarnacion, RF5010023 .298
Damion Easley, SS4210101 .235
Juan Pierre, CF5023001 .266
Matt Treanor, C5011022 .209
Josh Beckett, P2111112 .132
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Aguila, PH-LF1000000 .215
Totals4081484719 
a-flied out for Hermida in the 8th
b-grounded out for Villone in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado 2 (34, Patterson, Rauch)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (30, Rauch), Josh Beckett (1, Patterson)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (103), Juan Pierre 3 (40), Matt Treanor (11), Josh Beckett (6)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (35), Juan Pierre 3 (20), Matt Treanor (5)
SB - Luis Castillo (9, 2nd base off Patterson/Schneider), Jeremy Hermida (1, 3rd base off Patterson/Schneider), Damion Easley (2, 2nd base off Patterson/Schneider), Juan Pierre (48, 2nd base off Patterson/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Matt Treanor (3)
Florida Marlins
Josh Beckett (W,13-8) 6.2622170 3.58
Ron Villone 0.1000010 3.42
Jim Mecir 1100110 2.85
Guillermo Mota 1322000 4.83
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 96-66, Ron Villone 6-3, Jim Mecir 30-15, Guillermo Mota 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-7, Guillermo Mota 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 27, Ron Villone 1, Jim Mecir 5, Guillermo Mota 6
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, 1B5110025 .250
Marlon Byrd, LF4000031 .267
    Brandon Watson, LF1011000 .200
Jose Guillen, RF3011000 .297
    Tony Blanco, PR-RF1000001 .186
Preston Wilson, CF3010100 .256
Brian Schneider, C4000013 .273
Vinny Castilla, 3B4110022 .248
Jamey Carroll, 2B4120000 .247
Cristian Guzman, SS4131010 .202
John Patterson, P1000000 .120
    Travis Hughes, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Baerga, PH1000000 .257
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Darrell Rasner, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Johnson, PH0000100 .286
    Kenny Kelly, PR0000000 .400
    John Halama, P0000000 .250
   c- Ryan Zimmerman, PH1001000 .273
Totals3641042912 
a-grounded out for Hughes in the 5th
b-walked for Rasner in the 7th
c-grounded out for Halama in the 9th
Batting
2B - Vinny Castilla (32, Beckett), Jamey Carroll (5, Mota), Cristian Guzman (13, Beckett)
3B - Brad Wilkerson (7, Beckett), Brandon Watson (1, Mota), Preston Wilson (2, Beckett)
SF - Jose Guillen (8)
RBI - Brandon Watson (3), Jose Guillen (72), Cristian Guzman (20), Ryan Zimmerman (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Watson (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1
DP - Guzman-Carroll
E - Marlon Byrd (2, Misplayed batted ball)
Washington Nationals
John Patterson (L,8-5) 4.2977341 2.74
Travis Hughes 0.1100010 2.16
Jon Rauch 1211011 4.26
Darrell Rasner 1000000 7.36
John Halama 2200110 5.69
Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 105-66, Travis Hughes 6-5, Jon Rauch 23-14, Darrell Rasner 12-8, John Halama 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Patterson 5-4, Darrell Rasner 2-1, John Halama 2-3
Batters Faced - John Patterson 25, Travis Hughes 2, Jon Rauch 5, Darrell Rasner 3, John Halama 9
Game Information
Attendance - 27625
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim McClelland