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Helms singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, and the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Saturday night.
Helms, acquired April 5 from Philadelphia, came into the game with two outs in the seventh to run for Jacobs. He had only one hit in 10 at-bats.
"It was good to get that second hit out of the way, it was also good it was at the right time," Helms said. "It was a team effort and also myself. I'm feeling pretty good about it."
Helms played with the Marlins in 2006, when he hit .329 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 140 games.
"Every day I've been here it feels more comfortable," Helms said. "I'll keep working until it gets the way it was back in '06."
Uggla led off the ninth, and worked an 0-2 count into a walk. He advanced to second on Jeremy Hermida's ground out. On Helms' hit, he never hesitated rounding third and center fielder Lastings Milledge's throw to home pulled catcher Johnny Estrada to the right of the plate.
"I thought it was going to be real close," Uggla said. "If the throw had been on line it would have been a close play."
Felipe Lopez went 2-for-4 and was the only Washington hitter with more than one hit. The Nationals came in to the game hitting .223, lowest in baseball.
"We were making some mistakes and it's costing us," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "For us to get out of this funk we have to start playing better baseball."
Behind 5-3, the Nationals tied the score with two runs in the ninth off reliever Kevin Gregg (2-0). With runners on first and second and two out, a passed ball by catcher Mike Rabelo allowed the runners to advance. Austin Kearns then poked a two-run single to right.
It was Gregg's first blown save of the year.
Washington starter Shawn Hill threw five-plus innings in his season debut, yielding four runs and eight hits with six strikeouts. Hill had hoped to be Washington's opening day starter, but went on the disabled list during spring training with a bothersome right forearm.
"Overall, not very good," Hill said. "I didn't execute my pitches when I had to."
Trailing 3-1, the Marlins took their first lead of the game during a three-run sixth inning. Josh Willingham led off with a triple and scored on Jacobs' single. Jacobs later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Ross. Jorge Cantu doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on an error by second baseman Felipe Lopez.
Florida added a run in the seventh on Jacobs' RBI double to make it 5-3.
Florida starter Burke Badenhop pitched three innings, allowing three runs and four hits in his second career start.
"Three innings is never enough," Badenhop said. "I just couldn't find the strike zone."
Florida made it 3-1 in the third when Uggla's double to right-center scored Hanley Ramirez, who reached base safely for the 42nd straight game.
|After blowing the lead in the top of the ninth, the Marlins win it in the bottom. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Cristian Guzman, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.227|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||1||0||1||2||0||3||.259|
|Willie Harris, PR-LF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|Lastings Milledge, CF||3||1||0||0||2||1||2||.282|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||1||2||0||0||4||.206|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.130|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Johnny Estrada, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.158|
|Shawn Hill, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||4||.000|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Aaron Boone, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronnie Belliard, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.212|
|a-grounded out for C. Cordero in the 8th|
|2B - Cristian Guzman (5, Badenhop)|
|RBI - Nick Johnson (12), Austin Kearns 2 (9), Wily Mo Pena (1), Johnny Estrada (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns 2 (7), Wily Mo Pena (1), Johnny Estrada (1)|
|SB - Lastings Milledge (2, 2nd base off Badenhop/Rabelo)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Johnny Estrada (1, Throwing), Felipe Lopez 2 (2, Throwing)|
|Saul Rivera (L,1-1)||0.1||1||1||1||2||0||0||2.19|
|IBB - Willingham by Saul Rivera|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 85-57, Jesus Colome 28-17, Ray King 2-1, Chad Cordero 12-7, Joel Hanrahan 18-13, Saul Rivera 18-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 7-3, Jesus Colome 2-1, Chad Cordero 1-0, Saul Rivera 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 24, Jesus Colome 7, Ray King 1, Chad Cordero 2, Joel Hanrahan 3, Saul Rivera 4|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.364|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.188|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.237|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||2||2||0||1||1||0||.297|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||.323|
|Wes Helms, PR-1B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.182|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Cody Ross, CF||3||0||0||1||0||1||4||.167|
|Mike Rabelo, C||4||0||0||1||0||1||0||.160|
|Burke Badenhop, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Robert Andino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Luis Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.188|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Kensing in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Pinto in the 8th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (5, Hill), Josh Willingham (3, Colome), Mike Jacobs 2 (6, Hill, King), Jorge Cantu (3, Hill)|
|3B - Josh Willingham (2, Hill)|
|SF - Cody Ross (1)|
|SH - Renyel Pinto (2)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (7), Mike Jacobs 2 (14), Wes Helms (2), Cody Ross (1), Mike Rabelo (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (3), Mike Jacobs (9)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (5, 3rd base off Hill/Estrada)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Cantu-Uggla|
|PB - Mike Rabelo (2)|
|E - Mike Jacobs 2 (3, Misplayed grounder), Hanley Ramirez (1, Misplayed grounder(Harris enters with a 2-1 count on Kearns)), Dan Uggla (3, Throwing)|
|Kevin Gregg (BS,1; W,2-0)||1||1||2||0||1||1||0||2.89|
|HBP - Kearns (by Logan Kensing)|
|WP - Burke Badenhop (1), Kevin Gregg (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Burke Badenhop 80-41, Logan Kensing 42-26, Renyel Pinto 36-23, Kevin Gregg 31-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Burke Badenhop 3-2, Logan Kensing 3-4, Renyel Pinto 7-2, Kevin Gregg 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Burke Badenhop 18, Logan Kensing 9, Renyel Pinto 10, Kevin Gregg 6|
|Attendance - 18944|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mike Everitt|