Florida at Washington

W: R. Nolasco (2-1) L: M. Stanton (1-3)
S: J. Borowski (4)
HR: FLA - R. Abercrombie (2), W. Helms (1)   WAS - B. Schneider (1)

Marlins 6, Nationals 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

WASHINGTON -- Hours after learning that Major League Baseball finally agreed to sell their team for $450 million, the Washington Nationals went out and showed off some of their worst traits.

The starting pitching was erratic. The clutch hitting was nowhere to be found. The crowd was thin. And yet another home loss went in the books -- against the low-budget, rookie-laden Florida Marlins, no less.

One of those rookies, Hanley Ramirez, delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single off closer Chad Cordero in the ninth, and Florida beat Washington 6-5 on Wednesday to end a five-game losing streak.

It was the first time this season that Ramirez, acquired from Boston in the Josh Beckett trade, was not in the starting lineup.

"You know, you try to give a guy a day off, let him relax his mind," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said, "and he's in the biggest situation in the game."

It was a tedious game that lasted nearly four hours and looked exactly like what it was: A game between two teams that ended the night with two fewer combined victories (16) than the NL East-leading New York Mets.

There were 13 walks -- including one with the bases loaded by Florida starter Brian Moehler -- three wild pitches and three hit batsmen. There were 23 runners left on base. Washington stranded 13, leaving the bases loaded in the third and hitting into a bases-loaded double play to end the fifth.

"It's probably been our biggest fault this year, hitting with people on base," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

At about 4:30 p.m., the Nationals received official word that Major League Baseball would sell the team to Maryland-based real estate developer Theodore Lerner, whose group includes former Braves executive Stan Kasten. At 7:06 p.m., Tony Armas Jr. threw the game's first pitch. Less than an hour later, he exited to boos after the Marlins took a 5-0 lead.

"I let my team down," Armas said. "The offense and bullpen did their job, and I wasn't able to do my job."

True, but Washington came all the way back to tie it on Brian Schneider's first homer of the season, leading off the seventh.

Then, in the ninth, Washington's fifth pitcher, Mike Stanton (1-3), gave up a leadoff double to Dan Uggla. One out and one intentional walk later, Stanton gave way to Cordero, who was an All-Star in 2005 and led the majors with 47 saves.

Cordero struck out Wes Helms for the second out, but then Ramirez lifted a blooper to center on a full count to end an 0-for-14 drought.

"We haven't won for like seven days," Ramirez said. "I was like, 'Let's do it."'

It made a winner of Ricky Nolasco (2-1), who pitched a perfect eighth a day after giving up four runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Joe Borowski threw the ninth for his fourth save.

There was a bit of promising news for Washington, aside from the ownership progress. Jose Guillen had two hits and two RBI; he came in on a 2-for-27 slide that dropped his batting average 71 points in eight days, down to .220 entering Wednesday. Schneider also had two hits and drove in three runs; he came in hitting .198.

Armas was yanked with one out in the third inning. He gave up five hits -- including two homers -- hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. Reggie Abercrombie hit a two-run shot and Helms hit first homer of the season.

It all unfolded before an announced crowd of 21,918, the fifth consecutive Nationals home game with fewer fans than the worst turnout in 2005. Washington dropped to 1-8 at RFK Stadium this season, and 1-7 in one-run games. The Nationals are 9-19 overall, losers of nine of their last 11.

"It's a good feeling to know you do have ownership now that will be in place shortly," Robinson said. "You can work and perform or whatever -- or lack of performance -- just like anybody else."


Florida's Mike Jacobs was ejected from the dugout in the fifth by plate umpire Larry Young. Girardi said he didn't hear what Jacobs said. ... Florida LF Josh Willingham had three hits, including two doubles. ... On Tuesday, Nolasco allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning and was charged with the loss against Philadelphia.

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Players of the Game

B. Schneider
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H 2
HR 1

W. Helms
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H 2
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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS5010001
Dan Uggla, 2B5110000
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4110012
Josh Willingham, LF4130110
Wes Helms, 1B4122124
Miguel Olivo, C3100014
    Franklyn German, P0000000
    Ricky Nolasco, P0000000
   a- Hanley Ramirez, PH1011000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000
Chris Aguila, RF4010113
Reggie Abercrombie, CF3112101
Brian Moehler, P3000023
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000
    Matt Treanor, C1000000
a-singled for Nolasco in the 9th
2B - Dan Uggla (, Stanton), Josh Willingham 2 (, Armas, Bergmann), Chris Aguila (, Bergmann)
HR - Wes Helms (, Armas), Reggie Abercrombie (, Armas)
RBI - Wes Helms 2 (), Hanley Ramirez (), Reggie Abercrombie 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez ()
CS - Wes Helms (, 2nd base by Rauch/Schneider)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Amezaga-Uggla-Helms
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler 4933410
Todd Wellemeyer 2011310
Franklyn German (BS,) 1111201
Ricky Nolasco (W,-) 1000020
Joe Borowski (S,) 1000010
WP - Todd Wellemeyer ()
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 101-57, Todd Wellemeyer 39-20, Franklyn German 38-19, Ricky Nolasco 8-7, Joe Borowski 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 5-6, Todd Wellemeyer 3-1, Franklyn German 1-2, Ricky Nolasco 1-0, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 25, Todd Wellemeyer 8, Franklyn German 6, Ricky Nolasco 3, Joe Borowski 3
Washington Nationals
Marlon Byrd, CF3000202
Jose Vidro, 2B2210301
Alfonso Soriano, LF5120014
Nick Johnson, 1B4000106
Jose Guillen, RF4122012
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4020121
    Chad Cordero, P0000000
Brian Schneider, C4123110
Royce Clayton, SS5000006
Tony J. Armas, P1000001
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000
   a- Ryan Church, PH1010000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH0000100
    Jon Rauch, P0000000
   c- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
    Damian Jackson, 3B1000000
a-singled for Bergmann in the 4th
b-walked for Majewski in the 5th
c-fouled out for Rauch in the 7th
2B - Jose Guillen (, Moehler)
HR - Brian Schneider (, German)
SF - Jose Guillen ()
RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (), Brian Schneider 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (), Brian Schneider ()
Team LOB - 13
DP - Schneider-Clayton
Washington Nationals
Tony J. Armas 2.1555022
Jason Bergmann 1.2300220
Gary Majewski 1000100
Jon Rauch 2100020
Mike Stanton (L,-) 1.1111110
Chad Cordero 0.2100010
IBB - Abercrombie by Jason Bergmann, by Helms, Willingham by Mike Stanton
HBP - Olivo (by Tony J. Armas), Cabrera (by Tony J. Armas)
WP - Tony J. Armas (), Jason Bergmann ()
Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 65-43, Jason Bergmann 33-17, Gary Majewski 17-9, Jon Rauch 24-17, Mike Stanton 21-12, Chad Cordero 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 2-3, Jason Bergmann 1-2, Gary Majewski 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-2, Mike Stanton 1-2
Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 14, Jason Bergmann 10, Gary Majewski 4, Jon Rauch 6, Mike Stanton 6, Chad Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21918
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Rob Drake