Washington at Florida

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Nationals 11, Marlins 1

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MIAMI -- At this point, not even Dontrelle Willis could help the Florida Marlins.

Seeking his 23rd victory, Willis instead gave up a career-high nine runs -- four unearned -- to the Washington Nationals, who beat reeling Florida 11-1 on Tuesday night.

"I didn't do anything right," Willis said. "It's a terrible feeling."

The Marlins were mathematically eliminated from the wild-card race and fell into a tie with Washington for last place in the NL East.

"It's unfortunate, because I think as a team we've underachieved," Willis said.

Marlon Byrd homered, scored four times and tied a career high with four hits, including three off Willis (22-10). The Marlins committed three errors behind their ace, who trotted off the mound and out of the game after the first three batters reached in the fifth.

The dismal display was the latest in a series by the injury-plagued Marlins, whose turbulent September has included the banishment of pitcher A.J. Burnett and hints by manager Jack McKeon that he won't return in 2006. Florida held a one-game lead in the NL wild-card race on Sept. 14 and has since lost 11 of 13 games, including the past five in a row, a season high.

"It's tough when your hopes and expectations are high and it doesn't happen," McKeon said.

Willis hurt his bid for the Cy Young Award by giving up nine runs and three walks, and his ERA rose to 2.59. He had little help: Florida's errors all came in the first three innings, helping the Nationals score six runs, four unearned.

Willis declined to blame his defense -- or the distraction of the Cy Young race.

"I definitely wasn't thinking about that going out there," he said. "It wasn't any added pressure. Bottom line is I didn't get it done."

Nationals manager Frank Robinson said he still thinks Willis deserves the award.

"I said it before the game; I'll say it after," Robinson said. "He's a tough customer."

Willis is scheduled to get one more shot at win No. 23 in the final game of the season Sunday against Atlanta.

Jamey Carroll drove in three runs in the Nationals' most lopsided win this year. They had 15 hits and left 13 men on base.

Mike Stanton (2-1) pitched two shutout innings for the win. Jon Rauch, making his first start of the year after recovering from a torn labrum, threw three scoreless innings and drove in the first run.

"I wouldn't say I've re-established myself," Rauch said. "I'm still not the same. I've got to get myself back in shape for spring training."

With both teams playing out the string, there was no sign of D-Train mania in the stands. The small crowd was so quiet that fans in the club seats behind home plate could hear Byrd's two doubles off Willis slam against the scoreboard.

Willis was one strike from getting out of the second inning with the game scoreless, but he walked .211 hitter Gary Bennett on a 3-2 pitch with two outs to put runners at first and third.

Rauch topped a 1-2 pitch down the third-base line for a 60-foot RBI single. Carlos Delgado and Mike Lowell committed errors before the inning ended with the Nationals ahead 4-0.

That was as many runs as Willis gave up in 21 innings over three previous starts this year against Washington.

"It'll be good to go into the winter saying we got to him," Robinson said. "It's nice to beat him."

Notes

Willis batted eighth -- the third time he has hit higher than ninth -- and singled and walked, hiking his average to .258. ... Byrd improved his average against left-handers to .322. ... With the Marlins out of the playoff race, RHP Josh Beckett won't pitch again this season, McKeon said. Beckett has been bothered by shoulder tendinitis.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Carroll
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Washington

M. Byrd
AB 6
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, LF-1B5111101 .250
Jamey Carroll, 2B5023111 .253
Preston Wilson, CF5020115 .256
Nick Johnson, 1B3000224 .290
    Junior Spivey, PR0000000 .232
    Brandon Watson, LF1000010 .189
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6120005 .409
Marlon Byrd, RF6442021 .265
Cristian Guzman, SS5221001 .217
Gary Bennett, C2111211 .214
Jon Rauch, P1111000 .143
    Mike Stanton, P1100001 .000
   a- Kenny Kelly, PH0000100 .364
    Travis Hughes, P0000000 .000
    John Halama, P1000001 .200
Totals41111598821 
a-walked for Stanton in the 6th
Batting
2B - Brad Wilkerson (40, Valdez), Jamey Carroll (8, Valdez), Ryan Zimmerman (8, Willis), Marlon Byrd 2 (13, Willis, Willis), Cristian Guzman (19, Willis)
HR - Marlon Byrd (2, Quantrill)
SF - Gary Bennett (3)
SH - Jon Rauch (1)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson (57), Jamey Carroll 3 (21), Marlon Byrd 2 (25), Cristian Guzman (31), Gary Bennett (20), Jon Rauch (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson (25), Jamey Carroll (9), Marlon Byrd (12), Jon Rauch (1)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Guzman-N. Johnson, Carroll-Guzman-N. Johnson, Guzman-Carroll-Wilkerson
Washington Nationals
Jon Rauch 3200230 3.77
Mike Stanton (W,3-3) 2300100 4.75
Travis Hughes 1.2211400 5.11
John Halama 2.1200000 5.71
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Rauch 53-32, Mike Stanton 26-15, Travis Hughes 51-23, John Halama 27-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Rauch 2-4, Mike Stanton 2-3, Travis Hughes 3-1, John Halama 4-2
Batters Faced - Jon Rauch 13, Mike Stanton 9, Travis Hughes 10, John Halama 8
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5020001 .272
Jeff Conine, LF3110101 .313
    Chris Aguila, LF1010000 .221
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000113 .302
    Joe Dillon, 1B1000001 .125
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4011112 .321
Juan Encarnacion, RF2010200 .287
    Jeremy Hermida, RF0000000 .148
Mike Lowell, 2B3010105 .237
    Josh Wilson, 2B0000000 .000
Paul Lo Duca, C2000013 .284
    Josh Willingham, C2010001 .357
Dontrelle Willis, P1010100 .258
    Ismael Valdez, P0000000 .182
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1000001 .284
    Paul Quantrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Treanor, PH1000001 .195
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
Robert Andino, SS4000006 .162
Totals331917325 
a-grounded into a double play for Valdez in the 6th
b-popped out for Quantrill in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (18, Rauch), Josh Willingham (1, Halama)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (112)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (38)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Andino-Lowell-Delgado
E - Robert Andino (2, missed catch), Carlos Delgado (14, misplayed grounder), Mike Lowell (7, wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,22-10) 4995330 2.59
Ismael Valdez 2311420 5.32
Paul Quantrill 2211101 5.35
Ron Villone 1100030 4.33
IBB - N. Johnson by Ismael Valdez
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 92-62, Ismael Valdez 50-22, Paul Quantrill 30-19, Ron Villone 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 7-4, Ismael Valdez 2-2, Paul Quantrill 4-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 26, Ismael Valdez 13, Paul Quantrill 8, Ron Villone 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11507
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Ed Rapuano