Washington at Florida

W: G. Majewski (1-0) L: M. Herges (0-1)
S: C. Cordero (2)
HR: WAS - R. Church (1), R. Church (2)   FLA - M. Olivo (1)

Nationals 7, Marlins 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MIAMI -- More than a week later than he expected, Ryan Church is in the middle of the Washington Nationals' offense.

Church hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive in a three-run ninth inning, to lead Washington over the Florida Marlins 7-5 on Sunday.

Left off the 25-man roster when the season started, Church was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. He was 0-for-5 the following day in his season debut, walked in his only plate appearance Saturday, then keyed Washington from the No. 5 slot in the batting order Sunday.

"I didn't let myself get down for not being here at the beginning of the year," Church said. "You have to let the game come to you and wait for your opportunities. This is definitely a good start."

Florida took a 5-4 lead in the eighth against Gary Majewski (1-0) when Miguel Olivo hit an RBI double and scored on a triple by pinch-hitter Wes Helms, a ball that landed just in front of Church in right and skidded past him.

Alfonso Soriano doubled off Matt Herges (0-1) leading off the ninth, was sacrificed to third by Marlon Anderson and tied the game when Nick Johnson grounded to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who checked Soriano at third and threw wildly to first for an error.

Ryan Zimmerman walked, Johnson was out trying to advance to third on a pitch that initially got past Olivo, and Church homered to right.

"He struck me out and made me look stupid the other night," Church said of Herges. "He threw me a curveball then, and I figured he would come back with it again, and he did. I wasn't sitting on it, but I was looking for it."

Herges wasn't able to seal it for the Marlins in the ninth.

"I was glad to be given the opportunity, but you have to come through in that situation," Herges said. "No matter what happens, you have to get out of the inning. I hung a curveball. These are the ones you remember for a long time."

Chad Cordero pitched the bottom half for his second save.

With the score 3-3, both benches emptied in the seventh after Anderson struck out against reliever Carlos Martinez, then pointed toward the reliever with his bat and headed for the mound. Anderson was restrained by Olivo, Florida's catcher, and while the benches and bullpens emptied, there were no punches thrown and no ejections.

"He made some antics that I didn't like," Anderson said. "There is a way to play this game as a professional, and I don't think he did."

Washington starter Ramon Ortiz, winless in three starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. Florida's Sergio Mitre allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Zimmerman's sacrifice fly put Washington ahead in the first -- just the third time this season Washington scored the first run of a game.

Olivo's first homer of the season tied the score in the fourth and Florida took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Miguel Cabrera hit a run-scoring single and scored on a single by Mike Jacobs, sliding under the tag of catcher Brian Schneider to beat Church's throw.

Church's sixth-inning homer to left tied it at 3-3.

"I really liked the first one he hit because it went the other way," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "The second one was impressive because he hit an offspeed pitch. He had a good approach today, and he had great results."


Washington's Royce Clayton left after being hit on the left arm by a Mitre pitch in the sixth. He is day-to-day. ... Alfredo Amezaga stole his first base of the year in the third. ... Josh Willingham (2-for-4) had his fifth multi-hit game of the season for Florida. ... The Marlins are 3-8. Their worst 11-game start was 1-10 in 1998, after the previous payroll purge.

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Players of the Game

R. Church
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110100 .294
Marlon Anderson, 2B4110011 .167
Nick Johnson, 1B3120200 .357
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3101123 .204
Ryan Church, RF4324111 .222
Marlon Byrd, CF4010011 .161
Brian Schneider, C4010011 .179
Royce Clayton, SS2000011 .227
    Damian Jackson, PR-SS0000000 .154
   a- Jose Vidro, PH0001000 .348
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Ramon Ortiz, P2000011 .250
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000002 .286
    Felix Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Brendan Harris, PH-SS1000001 .200
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Jackson in the 8th
b-flied out for Ortiz in the 6th
c-flied out for F. Rodriguez in the 8th
2B - Alfonso Soriano (3, Herges), Marlon Byrd (2, Mitre)
HR - Ryan Church 2 (2, Mitre, Herges)
SF - Ryan Zimmerman (1), Jose Vidro (1)
SH - Marlon Anderson (1)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (6), Ryan Church 4 (4), Jose Vidro (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Church 2 (2)
SB - Ryan Church (1, 2nd base off Martinez/Olivo)
CS - Marlon Byrd (2, 2nd base by Mitre/Olivo)
PK - Nick Johnson (1, Herges)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Clayton-Anderson-N. Johnson
E - Ramon Ortiz (1, wild throw)
Washington Nationals
Ramon Ortiz 5833211 7.31
Felix Rodriguez 2000120 5.87
Mike Stanton (H,1) 0.1000010 1.93
Gary Majewski (BS,1; W,1-0) 0.2222110 2.70
Chad Cordero (S,2) 1000010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 73-50, Felix Rodriguez 32-16, Mike Stanton 4-3, Gary Majewski 20-12, Chad Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-7
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 24, Felix Rodriguez 7, Mike Stanton 1, Gary Majewski 5, Chad Cordero 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5110021 .333
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B4010100 .375
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111210 .275
Josh Willingham, LF4020003 .350
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Treanor, PH1000000 .000
Mike Jacobs, 1B4021012 .200
Chris Aguila, RF-LF3100103 .261
Miguel Olivo, C4222000 .222
Reggie Abercrombie, CF-RF4000011 .095
Sergio Mitre, P2000010 .167
    Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Dan Uggla, PH1000000 .222
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH1011000 .400
    Eric Reed, CF0000000 .095
a-popped out for Herges in the 9th
b-flied out for Nolasco in the 6th
c-tripled for Martinez in the 8th
2B - Josh Willingham (5, Ortiz), Miguel Olivo (3, Majewski)
3B - Wes Helms (1, Majewski)
HR - Miguel Olivo (1, Ortiz)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (10), Mike Jacobs (10), Miguel Olivo 2 (2), Wes Helms (1)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (3), Mike Jacobs (3), Miguel Olivo (1), Wes Helms (1)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (1, 2nd base off Ortiz/Schneider)
Team LOB - 8
E - Miguel Cabrera (1, throwing error), Hanley Ramirez (3, throwing error)
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre 5.2533261 4.08
Ricky Nolasco 0.1000000 1.80
Carlos Martinez 2111220 2.70
Matt Herges (BS,1; L,0-1) 1233101 10.38
HBP - Byrd (by Sergio Mitre), Clayton (by Sergio Mitre)
WP - Sergio Mitre (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 93-54, Ricky Nolasco 5-3, Carlos Martinez 39-21, Matt Herges 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 8-3, Matt Herges 3-0
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 26, Ricky Nolasco 1, Carlos Martinez 9, Matt Herges 6
Game Information
Attendance - 10296
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Gary Darling