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Jacobs powers first-place Marlins past Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Mike Jacobs is not about to play down the importance of the Florida Marlins' current status as NL East leaders.

Sure, it's awfully early in the season, as anyone in baseball will quickly point out, including the Washington Nationals, losers of six games in a row. Jacobs, though, thinks it's important to open the newspaper and see his team in first place, where it stayed after he hit two homers to back Scott Olsen's solid pitching in Florida's 10-4 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

"It's big. When everybody writes you off from Day 1 and says, 'These guys can't play' and 'They're young,' 'Their payroll,' this and that," Jacobs said.

"To see the Marlins right there in first place, it's definitely a confidence booster," he added. "It lets everybody know we can play a little bit."

Jacobs' pair of two-run shots give the first baseman four homers in the past five games, a surge that featured his first career game-ending homer Friday, his first career grand slam Saturday -- and now his first multihomer game since Aug. 24, 2005.

"A big night," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team finished last in 2007 and is enjoying a 4-1 spurt to get to 5-3.

"These games count as much as the ones in June, July, August, September," Gonzalez had said before the game. "We're swinging it OK, and we're playing OK."

The Nationals are doing neither at the moment, and they have gone from 3-0 to 3-6.

"We've played terrible the last six games," said Paul Lo Duca, who took a ball off his left thumb while catching in the seventh inning but pronounced himself OK. "There's no sugarcoating it. We've played terrible, and we need to play better."

They've been having problems hitting in the clutch -- leaving the bases loaded nine times already in 2008 -- but they simply had problems hitting against Olsen (1-0). The left-hander went 7 2/3 innings, one out shy of tying his career high, and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and four walks.

"Outstanding," Gonzalez said.

Nationals starter Jason Bergmann (0-1), in contrast, managed to fool Florida for four innings -- but that was it. The first pitch he threw in the fifth was deposited in the left-field stands by Jorge Cantu, tying the score at 1. And the Marlins were just getting started, sending 10 men to the plate in the inning.

Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida -- coming off the disabled list for his first game of the season -- produced consecutive two-run doubles after Hanley Ramirez was walked intentionally to load the bases.

"I just fear Hanley Ramirez," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

Before Bergmann faced Jacobs, pitching coach Randy St. Claire came out of the dugout for a mound visit, but whatever the message was, it didn't work: Jacobs' homer made it 7-1.

That brought out boos from the announced crowd of 23,340, an audience that was far smaller by the latter innings at 41,888-seat Nationals Park.

Bergmann got Cantu on a groundout to end the inning, and was done for the night. The right-hander's ERA rose to 10.45 thanks to a five-inning, seven-run, nine-hit effort.

"I tried to do too much in that last inning, and it shouldn't be that way. These guys rely on us starters to go out there and give quality innings and it didn't happen," Bergmann said. "I'm usually a pretty happy guy before and after each game, and I'm livid right now."

Notes

  • Marlins RHP Burke Badenhop pitched the ninth, his major league debut. He will start Sunday at Houston.
  • SS Cristian Guzman, who homered off Olsen, leads Washington in hits (14) and RBI (six).
  • Nationals closer Chad Cordero (15-day DL, shoulder tendinitis) made a rehab appearance at Class A Potomac, allowing a hit and striking out a batter in one scoreless inning.
  • Washington C Johnny Estrada, activated off the disabled list, struck out as a pinch hitter.
 
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Mike Jacobs hits one of his two homers Wednesday to lead the Marlins.  (AP)
Mike Jacobs hits one of his two homers Wednesday to lead the Marlins. (AP)

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4111120 .414
Dan Uggla, 2B4122120 .188
Jeremy Hermida, RF5122013 .400
Josh Willingham, LF3110101 .219
Mike Jacobs, 1B5224003 .212
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B4111100 .242
Matt Treanor, C5120001 .273
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4210103 .333
Scott Olsen, P2000010 .250
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 1B0000000 .000
Totals3610121056  
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla 2 (2, Bergmann, Colome), Jeremy Hermida 2 (2, Bergmann, Bergmann)
HR - Mike Jacobs 2 (4, Bergmann, Hanrahan), Jorge Cantu (1, Bergmann)
SH - Scott Olsen 2 (2)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (6), Dan Uggla 2 (6), Jeremy Hermida 2 (2), Mike Jacobs 4 (9), Jorge Cantu (1)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (5), Mike Jacobs 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Jorge Cantu (3, Throwing), Jeremy Hermida (1, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,1-0) 7.2443421 4.61
Lee Gardner 0.1100000 13.50
Burke Badenhop 1000010 0.00
IBB - F. Lopez by Scott Olsen
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 120-75, Lee Gardner 7-5, Burke Badenhop 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 9-13, Burke Badenhop 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 32, Lee Gardner 2, Burke Badenhop 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5121001 .326
Lastings Milledge, CF4120000 .316
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000002 .231
Nick Johnson, 1B3100101 .267
Austin Kearns, RF3100103 .233
Paul Lo Duca, C4012000 .231
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000002 .219
Felipe Lopez, LF3000100 .227
Jason Bergmann, P1000012 .000
   a- Johnny Estrada, PH1000010 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Boone, PH0000100 .143
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
   c- Rob Mackowiak, PH1000010 .000
Totals3345343  
a-struck out for Bergmann in the 5th
b-walked for Hanrahan in the 7th
c-struck out for King in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (2, Gardner)
HR - Cristian Guzman (2, Olsen)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (6), Paul Lo Duca 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Lo Duca 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann (L,0-1) 5977142 10.45
Joel Hanrahan 2233211 9.00
Jesus Colome 1100010 1.80
Ray King 1000200 2.45
IBB - H. Ramirez by Jason Bergmann
HBP - Willingham (by Joel Hanrahan)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 78-53, Joel Hanrahan 40-19, Jesus Colome 15-9, Ray King 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 5-5, Joel Hanrahan 3-2, Ray King 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 24, Joel Hanrahan 11, Jesus Colome 4, Ray King 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23340
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Adrian Johnson