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Washington at Florida

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Washington (6-12)011010000371
Florida (7-10) «22001220x9111

Marlins 9, Nationals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- For the Florida Marlins, it was someone old and someone new.

Hanley Ramirez, in his second full season, and Jason Wood, a 37-year-old journeyman, each homered to help Florida beat the Washington Nationals 9-3 on Saturday night, ending the Marlins' six-game losing streak.

Anibal Sanchez (2-0) pitched five innings, giving up three runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out four. He left the game before throwing a pitch in the top of the sixth because of cramping in his right hamstring. Matt Lindstrom and Randy Messenger combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

"I felt my leg getting cramps and I couldn't push," Sanchez said. "I didn't want to hurt my team but if I can't push, I lose my command. I felt strong today and I was hoping to go seven or more innings."

Matt Chico (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six, but struggled with his control, walking seven and throwing two wild pitches.

"It was one of those days when I was having trouble finding the zone," said Chico, who also walked the opposing pitcher twice. "I was starting to press trying to throw strikes but, unfortunately, I threw more balls."

Leading 5-3, the Marlins scored two runs in the sixth inning. Dan Uggla led off with a double and scored when pitcher Ryan Wagner fielded a bunt by Aaron Boone and threw the ball by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Josh Willingham singled in Boone.

"It was nice to get some hits and actually do something for my team," Uggla said. "It was about time after six games when we're on a skid like that it's only a matter of time until you break out of it."

Florida added two runs in the seventh. Wood homered off Wagner and Boone doubled home Uggla. It was Wood's first home run since July 23, 1999, when he was with Detroit.

"The first of this century," Wood said. "It's been a while but it's nice to get after it. It's nice to come out on top and contribute like this."

The Marlins scored a run with two outs in the fifth when Chico threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Cody Ross to score to make it 5-3.

Trailing 4-1, Washington cut the deficit to 4-3 on an RBI single by Zimmerman in the third inning and an RBI double by Ryan Church in the fourth.

"They kept putting runs on the board and we couldn't counter it," Church said. "We swung the bats well but let Sanchez off the hook."

Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the second inning to give Florida a 4-1 lead. It was his third homer of the season.

Florida scored two runs in the first when Chico walked the first two batters, who advanced on a wild pitch. Two outs later, he walked Joe Borchard to load the bases. Ross then bounced a grounder past Zimmerman to drive in two runs.

Washington made it 2-1 in the second, helped in part by a miscue by third baseman Boone. With runners on first and second and no outs, Boone apparently thought someone called him off on a pop-up by Church and it dropped in the outfield grass behind him for a hit, loading the bases. Brian Schneider then drove in a run on a fielder's choice.

The Nationals failed to score in the first inning for the 18th consecutive game. The Nats have been outscored 22-0 in the first inning this season.

Notes

Since his last season in 1999 with Detroit and a brief stint with the Marlins last year, Wood has played in 1,785 minor league games, more than any other active player. ... Sanchez is 3-0 against Washington...Chico threw a wild pitch in the first inning that landed in the first row behind the Marlins dugout. The ball got away from Chico as he brought his left arm around toward home plate and it went sideways instead. ...The last team to go more than 18 games to begin a season without scoring a first-inning run was the 1975 Cincinnati Reds (19 games). ... Four-time boxing world champion Roberto Duran threw out the first pitch.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS5120011 .308
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000001 .284
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4121100 .231
Dmitri Young, 1B3110113 .290
Austin Kearns, RF-CF2000114 .261
Ryan Church, CF4021014 .299
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Brian Schneider, C4001002 .169
    Jesus Flores, C0000000 .000
Chris Snelling, LF3000112 .231
Matt Chico, P2000003 .000
    Levale Speigner, P0000000 .000
   a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000010 .083
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Michael Restovich, RF1000000 .400
Totals3337346  
a-struck out for Speigner in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ryan Church (8, Sanchez)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (4), Ryan Church (8), Brian Schneider (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Church (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ryan Wagner (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Matt Chico (L,1-2) 4.2655761 6.38
Levale Speigner 0.1000000 3.86
Ryan Wagner 1.2543111 6.00
Saul Rivera 1.1000120 0.00
WP - Matt Chico 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 111-53, Levale Speigner 4-3, Ryan Wagner 40-22, Saul Rivera 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 2-6, Levale Speigner 1-0, Ryan Wagner 4-1
Batters Faced - Matt Chico 27, Levale Speigner 1, Ryan Wagner 12, Saul Rivera 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4212113 .364
Dan Uggla, 2B3320200 .235
Aaron Boone, 3B4111023 .308
Josh Willingham, LF5031012 .270
Joe Borchard, RF4000115 .224
Cody Ross, CF5122010 .314
Miguel Olivo, C4010113 .224
Jason Wood, 1B3111201 .214
Anibal Sanchez, P1100211 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Reed, PH1000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P1000011 .000
Totals35911799  
a-grounded out for Lindstrom in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (6, Wagner), Aaron Boone (3, Wagner)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (3, Chico), Jason Wood (1, Wagner)
SH - Aaron Boone (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (5), Aaron Boone (5), Josh Willingham (10), Cody Ross 2 (7), Jason Wood (3)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Boone (3), Cody Ross 2 (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Wood
E - Anibal Sanchez (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,2-0) 5532340 4.15
Matt Lindstrom (H,3) 2100120 2.16
Randy Messenger 2100000 0.00
HBP - Kearns (by Anibal Sanchez), Belliard (by Anibal Sanchez)
WP - Anibal Sanchez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 94-56, Matt Lindstrom 36-21, Randy Messenger 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-6, Randy Messenger 1-4
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 25, Matt Lindstrom 8, Randy Messenger 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24107
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Mike Reilly