Washington at Florida

W: S. Olsen (7-10) L: S. Martis (0-2)
S: M. Lindstrom (3)
HR: WAS - None   FLA - J. Cantu (25)

Olsen stops funk, Cantu becomes fourth Marlin with 25 HRs

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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins were just as excited to set a record as they were to get a win.

Scott Olsen got his first victory in 10 starts, Jorge Cantu hit a record-setting home run for Florida and the Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night.

Cantu's solo homer that tied the score at 1 in the fourth was his 25th of the season. The Marlins are now the first team in Major League history to have four infielders hit at least 25. Mike Jacobs (32), Dan Uggla (30), Hanley Ramirez (29) and Cantu have accounted for 116 of the Marlins 188 homers this season.

"I got it done and it's a great thing, too, that we won," Cantu said. "When they look back a hundred years from now we're the first team to do it."

Cantu last homered Tuesday night at Philadelphia and the other players were aware they were on the verge of the record.

"Anytime you can be part of history or do something that's never been done before it's something they can never take away from us," Jacobs said.

Olsen (7-10) gave up one run and six hits in six innings for his first win since July 19th against Philadelphia.

"My best stuff wasn't there and they had guys on base in just about every inning," Olsen said. "That's usually what hurts me. I tried to focus when guys are on base. I tried to keep my team in the game."

Kevin Gregg and Joe Nelson pitched one scoreless inning each and Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect ninth to get his third save in six opportunities.

Florida went ahead 2-1 in the sixth on a throwing error by the Nationals. With Ramirez on second, John Baker hit a sharp grounder to Washington starter Shairon Martis, who threw behind Ramirez to second as he ran to third. Shortstop Cristian Guzman, who was covering second on the play, then threw wildly to third, allowing Ramirez to score.

"I threw behind him and he took the lead on me," Martis said. "Those are the things that can cost me a game. Maybe if I get one out I get out of the inning."

Martis (0-2) pitched 5-plus innings, giving up two runs while striking out nine. It was the 21-year-old rookie's second career start. Martis and three Washington relievers combined to finish with 13 strikeouts.

Ramirez was glad to be involved in the historical aspect but also excited to win the game.

"It's a good feeling," Ramirez said. "We have a game to play. We did it and we just congratulated each other and that's it."

Uggla has 84 home runs as a second baseman in his first three seasons.

"You expect those numbers out of your first or third baseman," Uggla said. "Everybody that plays in our infield has big-time power. This is something for all of us, knowing that we did it."

Washington threatened in the eighth with runners on the corners and two outs, but Nelson got pinch hitter Kory Casto to hit a popup.

"If our offense doesn't show up we have to catch the ball," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "We continue to play poor defense."

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second. Willie Harris singled, moved to second on a walk to Wil Nieves, then scored on a double by Anderson Hernandez.


  • Olsen was 0-6 with a 5.74 ERA in his previous nine starts.
  • Guzman was 0-for-4 with a walk, going hitless for just the sixth time in the last 22 games he's started.
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Four infielders with at least 25 homers? Hanley Ramirez greets the newest member: Jorge Cantu. (AP)
Four infielders with at least 25 homers? Hanley Ramirez greets the newest member: Jorge Cantu. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Cantu
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

S. Olsen
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 4

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4011100 .354
Cristian Guzman, SS4000102 .312
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010113 .284
Lastings Milledge, CF4010001 .257
Elijah Dukes, RF4010022 .274
Aaron Boone, 1B4000011 .255
Willie Harris, LF3120110 .251
Wil Nieves, C2010101 .254
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1010000 .230
    Luke Montz, C0000000 .000
Shairon Martis, P3000012 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
   b- Kory Casto, PH1000002 .219
    Michael Hinckley, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Nieves in the 8th
b-fouled out for Shell in the 8th
2B - Anderson Hernandez (1, Olsen)
RBI - Anderson Hernandez (10)
2-OUT RBI - Anderson Hernandez (6)
SB - Willie Harris (11, 2nd base off Olsen/Baker)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1
E - Cristian Guzman 2 (17, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
Shairon Martis (L,0-2) 5221391 2.70
Charlie Manning 0.1000010 5.15
Steven Shell 1.2100030 1.80
Michael Hinckley 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Shairon Martis 99-60, Charlie Manning 3-3, Steven Shell 26-18, Michael Hinckley 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shairon Martis 3-4, Michael Hinckley 1-1
Batters Faced - Shairon Martis 21, Charlie Manning 1, Steven Shell 6, Michael Hinckley 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS2100210 .294
John Baker, C4010001 .289
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B3111101 .273
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000013 .246
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
   a- Paul Lo Duca, PH1010000 .241
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B3010020 .262
Josh Willingham, LF3000023 .252
Cody Ross, CF3000023 .260
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000030 .246
Scott Olsen, P2000020 .145
    Wes Helms, 3B1000000 .245
a-singled for Nelson in the 8th
HR - Jorge Cantu (25, Martis)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (79)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (33, 2nd base off Martis/Nieves, 2nd base off Martis/Nieves)
Team LOB - 5
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Hanley Ramirez (21, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,7-10) 6611440 4.31
Kevin Gregg (H,2) 1000100 3.68
Joe Nelson (H,10) 1200010 1.72
Matt Lindstrom (S,3) 1000010 3.44
WP - Scott Olsen (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 97-64, Kevin Gregg 13-8, Joe Nelson 15-10, Matt Lindstrom 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 8-5, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 27, Kevin Gregg 4, Joe Nelson 5, Matt Lindstrom 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12121
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Brian Runge