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Nationals 9, Marlins 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- What a difference a day off makes.

A day after sitting out his first game of the season, slumping Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday night.

Soriano entered the game in a 2-for-33 slump over his last eight games and had not homered since June 16. After playing the first 81 games of the season, he sat out Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

"When I hit that first one, I said, 'You know what, that's good, because I took my big monkey off my back,'" Soriano said. "Now I can be more relaxed at the plate."

Pedro Astacio (1-0), who missed the first three months of the season with a right forearm strain, was strong in his first start with the Nationals, allowing one run in five innings.

Using a fastball that topped out at 89 mph and a sharp curveball, the right-hander allowed three hits and one walk and struck out two. He gave up his only run on Reggie Abercrombie's homer in the fifth.

"That was a very pleasant surprise, how sharp he was, how effective he was," manager Frank Robinson said. "That was what we needed."

The Nationals won their third straight, which follows a dismal stretch in which they had lost nine of 10 games.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (6-5) was hit hard in four innings, lasting only 62 pitches. He was tagged for a season-high eight runs and seven hits before being removed with none out in the fifth. He walked one and struck out two.

Jose Guillen had a three-run drive in the fifth, and Jose Vidro had three hits.

Soriano, elected by fans to start the All-Star Game in his first season as an outfielder, led off the bottom of the first with a home run and added a two-run shot in the fifth for his third multihomer game this season.

"Anytime you leave balls down the middle of the plate to a great hitter like that, that's what's going to happen," Nolasco said. "You can expect that."

In Nationals victories this season, Soriano is batting .357 with 18 homers and 40 RBI.

"It just seems like it just goes down through the lineup whenever he has a good night," Robinson said.

The Nationals added three runs in the second on Brian Schneider's RBI single, a wild pitch that scored Royce Clayton, and Soriano's sacrifice fly.

Washington chased Nolasco during a five-run fifth. Pinch-hitter Damian Jackson was hit by a pitch and scored on Soriano's 26th homer. Vidro and Ryan Zimmerman followed with singles, ending Nolasco's night. One out later, Guillen hit his ninth home run down the left-field line off reliever Matt Herges.

Saul Rivera pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Nationals.

Notes

Soriano's leadoff home run was his second this year and the 25th of his career. His previous one came on April 21 against Atlanta, when he finished with three homers. His four RBI were his most since driving in five runs on June 4 at Milwaukee. ... Soriano's outfield assist in the seventh was his 12th of the season. ... With an attendance of 24,943, the Nationals passed the 1 million mark in their 38th home game. Last year, their first in Washington, the Nationals passed the 1 million plateau in their 32nd game. ... Schneider got his first RBI since June 19. ... Nolasco has alternated wins and losses in his last eight starts, going 4-4 since May 22. ... During his major league career as a catcher, Marlins manager Joe Girardi was successful against Astacio, hitting .375 (9-for-24) with a home run. ... CF Marlon Anderson left the game in the eighth inning with a strained muscle on the left side of his rib cage. He is listed as day-to-day.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Florida

R. Abercrombie
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000001
    Alfredo Amezaga, SS1000001
Dan Uggla, 2B3010011
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000001
    Wes Helms, 1B-3B1000001
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3010001
    Chris Resop, P0000000
   a- Matt Treanor, PH1010000
Josh Willingham, LF-1B4000023
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000012
Miguel Olivo, C3010000
Reggie Abercrombie, CF2111100
Ricky Nolasco, P1000010
    Matt Herges, P0000000
    Joe Borchard, LF0000100
Totals291512511 
a-singled for Resop in the 9th
Batting
HR - Reggie Abercrombie (, Astacio)
SH - Ricky Nolasco ()
RBI - Reggie Abercrombie ()
2-OUT RBI - Reggie Abercrombie ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo ()
E - Jeremy Hermida (, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,-) 4787122
Matt Herges 2411021
Chris Resop 2200000
HBP - Jackson (by Ricky Nolasco)
WP - Ricky Nolasco ()
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 62-39, Matt Herges 34-19, Chris Resop 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-5, Matt Herges 1-3, Chris Resop 4-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 21, Matt Herges 10, Chris Resop 8
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4224000
Jose Vidro, 2B5130000
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5120012
Nick Johnson, 1B4000014
Jose Guillen, RF4113001
Marlon Anderson, CF3110100
    Marlon Byrd, CF0000000
Royce Clayton, SS4120011
Brian Schneider, C4121001
Pedro Astacio, P1000002
   a- Damian Jackson, PH1100012
    Saul Rivera, P0000000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000000
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000
Totals3691381413 
a-hit by pitch for Astacio in the 5th
b-flied out for Rivera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Vidro (, Nolasco), Ryan Zimmerman (, Herges)
3B - Marlon Anderson (, Resop)
HR - Alfonso Soriano 2 (, Nolasco, Nolasco), Jose Guillen (, Herges)
SF - Alfonso Soriano ()
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 4 (), Jose Guillen 3 (), Brian Schneider ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Clayton-Vidro-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Pedro Astacio (W,-) 5311121
Saul Rivera 3100110
Jason Bergmann 1100020
HBP - Uggla (by Jason Bergmann)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Astacio 71-45, Saul Rivera 31-19, Jason Bergmann 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Astacio 5-7, Saul Rivera 4-3
Batters Faced - Pedro Astacio 18, Saul Rivera 10, Jason Bergmann 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24943
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim McClelland