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Uneven D-Train leads Marlins past Nats

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MIAMI -- Dontrelle Willis got his first win of the season in his worst outing.

Willis overcame a two-run first inning and also drove in a run with a bunt to help the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Friday night.

Josh Willingham homered, Chris Aguila had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera an RBI single for the Marlins, who have won consecutive games for the first time under new manager Joe Girardi.

"The resilience of the team showed tonight," Willis said. "We could have packed it in early, especially the way they were hitting the ball. We didn't. We kept the game close."

Willis (1-0), 22-10 last year, had no-decisions and received little offensive support in his first two starts. He improved his career April record to 9-0 despite giving up three runs (two earned), eight hits, two walks and three hit batters in 5 2/3 innings.

"When he's trying to put guys away, he's going to throw some back-foot sliders," Girardi said. "Tonight he hit a couple of back feet."

Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his first save.

Ryan Drese (0-2) left because of a sore right elbow with two outs and two on in the fifth. The Nationals plan to place Drese on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

"It makes it very difficult because we're not real deep in the first place," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "It's not easy to lose front-line people. We can't afford it."

Drese was charged with four runs, four hits and four walks.

"I felt good all night, but those two last pitches, something happened," Drese said. "It was pretty painful -- I've never felt anything like this before, so I don't know how to describe it."

Ryan Zimmerman and Matt LeCroy had RBI singles in the first to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Willis threw 29 pitches and surrendered four hits in the first.

"They did a great job of making me throw some pitches early," Willis said. "After they scored their first two runs, I just wanted to keep it close and not turn into a five- or six-run inning."

Florida scored its first run in the third. Miguel Olivo led off with a double, and took third on Eric Reed's bunt single. Olivo scored on Willis' safety squeeze bunt.

"I finally got a bunt down -- I can't remember the last time I did that," said Willis, a good hitting pitcher who batted as high as seventh last season under former manager Jack McKeon said.

Aguila's two-out, two-run double in the fourth gave Florida a 3-2 lead.

"We want every pitcher on our staff to know we're going to battle for them," Aguila said. "Dontrelle worked his butt off, and once he came out of the game, it was our job to keep that lead and keep working hard for him."

Cabrera's two-out single in the fifth scored Hanley Ramirez to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead.

Willingham led off the bottom of the eighth with his third home run of the season.

Not only did the Nationals' poor start continue, Washington had three players get injured -- Drese, Jose Guillen (strained left oblique in batting practice) and Jose Vidro (tight left hamstring in the sixth).

"We didn't expect to be 2-9, nothing is going our way," Vidro said. "The energy is there. Guys are relaxed. Guys are playing hard, for some reason we're not getting wins."

Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping an eight-game hitting streak.

Notes

  • Florida announced it had returned Rule 5 draft pick LHP Mike Megrew to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • LeCroy made his second start this season and first behind the plate.
  • Florida's Jeremy Hermida (right hip flexor strain) was not in the lineup for a third straight game but took batting practice.
  • Retired boxer Roberto Duran threw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The announced crowd was 12,913.
 
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Before Dontrelle Willis takes the mound, Roberto Duran warms it up for him.  (AP)
Before Dontrelle Willis takes the mound, Roberto Duran warms it up for him. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Willis
IP 5.2
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 2
Washington

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5130000 .302
Jose Vidro, 2B4010000 .348
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Brian Schneider, C1000000 .188
Marlon Byrd, RF2000201 .167
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5111016 .233
Nick Johnson, 1B4020110 .342
Matt LeCroy, C2011101 .273
    Damian Jackson, PR-2B1000001 .111
Ryan Church, CF5000035 .000
Royce Clayton, SS3120000 .237
Ryan Drese, P2000002 .000
    Joey Eischen, P0000000 .000
   a- Brendan Harris, PH-2B1000011 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000002 .333
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3631024619 
a-struck out for Eischen in the 6th
b-flied out for Harris in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (5), Matt LeCroy (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (2), Matt LeCroy (1)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (3, 3rd base off Willis/Olivo), Marlon Byrd (2, 2nd base off Willis/Olivo), Nick Johnson (2, 2nd base off Borowski/Olivo)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Royce Clayton (2, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Ryan Drese (L,0-2) 4.2444420 5.19
Joey Eischen 0.1000010 18.00
Jon Rauch 1100020 2.00
Gary Majewski 1100010 0.96
Chad Cordero 1111011 5.40
WP - Ryan Drese (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 80-0, Joey Eischen 3-0, Jon Rauch 24-0, Gary Majewski 18-0, Chad Cordero 9-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 6-5, Gary Majewski 3-0, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 21, Joey Eischen 1, Jon Rauch 4, Gary Majewski 5, Chad Cordero 4
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3100100 .389
Dan Uggla, 2B3000100 .258
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3121100 .294
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000015 .182
Josh Willingham, LF3211110 .344
    Reggie Abercrombie, RF0000000 .118
Chris Aguila, RF-LF4022000 .294
Miguel Olivo, C4110012 .174
Eric Reed, CF4010021 .105
Dontrelle Willis, P1001010 .000
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000010 .500
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals30575478 
a-struck out for Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Aguila 2 (2, Drese, Rauch), Miguel Olivo (2, Drese)
HR - Josh Willingham (3, C. Cordero)
SH - Dontrelle Willis (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (9), Josh Willingham (11), Chris Aguila 2 (3), Dontrelle Willis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (2), Chris Aguila 2 (2)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (3, 2nd base off Drese/LeCroy)
CS - Eric Reed (1, 3rd base by Drese/LeCroy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Dan Uggla (1, )
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (W,1-0) 5.2832220 1.93
Carlos Martinez (H,1) 1.1100230 1.93
Matt Herges (H,1) 1000000 5.40
Joe Borowski (S,1) 1100010 6.75
HBP - Byrd (by Dontrelle Willis), LeCroy (by Dontrelle Willis), Clayton (by Dontrelle Willis)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 113-0, Carlos Martinez 32-0, Matt Herges 14-0, Joe Borowski 21-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-6, Matt Herges 3-0
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Carlos Martinez 7, Matt Herges 3, Joe Borowski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12913
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman