Florida at Washington

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Florida (82-76) «2050000209180
Washington (59-99)002000020490

Marlins 9, Nationals 4

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WASHINGTON -- His Florida Marlins were officially eliminated from playoff contention a day earlier, and the opposing Washington Nationals would end this night with their 99th loss.

A game of no significance? Try telling first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

He made his first major league start Wednesday and picked up his first major league hit -- his first three, actually -- in Florida's 9-4 victory over Washington. Another top Marlins prospect, Cameron Maybin, also contributed three hits, and Hanley Ramirez homered on the game's first pitch.

"Playing in the major leagues, you're always going to have some type of butterflies. I mean, the nerves are there, you just have to try and get over it," said Sanchez, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles. "Once you get that first swing out of the way, basically it goes away and you just play the game."

His first plate appearance Wednesday didn't go all that well: He struck out.

"After that first at-bat," Sanchez said, "I was just telling myself to calm down, relax."

Next time up, Sanchez hit an RBI double off the wall in left-center during Florida's 10-batter, five-run third inning. When Sanchez got back to the dugout, teammates greeted him with hugs -- and with descriptions of how he nearly had a homer.

"They told me it was pretty close to being out. To me, it didn't really matter," he said. "I was just glad to get that first hit."

Maybin, Sanchez's teammate at Double-A Carolina this season, went 3-for-3 plus a sacrifice bunt to raise his average to .500 (14-for-28) with Florida.

"That's good to see -- those guys come up and put some good at-bats on some big-league pitchers," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Maybin came up awkwardly after stealing second base in the sixth and was replaced in center field for the bottom half because of a stiff left hip.

"You want to be more safe than sorry, but it feels fine," Maybin said.

Josh Johnson (7-1) wrapped up a strong finish to 2008, with wins in his final three starts. The right-hander, whose season began in July after he was sidelined about a year because of reconstructive elbow surgery, went six innings and allowed two runs and six hits.

"He's got a lot of heart," Gonzalez said.

Washington's Tim Redding (10-11) turned in his shortest start of the season, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

"He couldn't make good pitches," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

Redding's first pitch became Ramirez's 33rd homer, the ninth leading off a game this season.

His third pitch became a double by Maybin.

His fourth hit Jorge Cantu.

His 10th was a wild pitch, allowing Maybin to score.

In the third, Sanchez's first hit in the majors came off Redding's final pitch of the season.

Sanchez was a fourth-round draft pick in 2005 and the Marlins' minor league player of the year in 2006. This season, he was the MVP of the Southern League after hitting .314 with 17 homers, 42 doubles and 92 RBI at Carolina.

"You hate to put any kind of pressure on anybody, but he's close" to being ready for the majors, Gonzalez said. "With the year he had in Double-A, and what we saw in spring training, I think the man is close."

Maybin was part of the package Florida acquired when it sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers.

"It's fun to see new faces doing well," Johnson said.

Redding, meanwhile, was hoping to reach 11 wins in a season for the first time in a major league career that began in 2001.

He began the season 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA, prompting talk of an All-Star appearance. He didn't get a decision in any of his next nine starts, though, and went 0-3 with a 9.17 ERA over his last four.

"First half, real good," Redding said. "Second half ... not good."

Notes

LF Roger Bernadina made a spectacular catch, diving face-first toward the wall to rob Cantu of a hit. "I'm not scared to go out there and do those things," said Bernadina, who scraped his right elbow on the warning track. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman and SS Cristian Guzman were out with the flu.

 
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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5231103 .298
Cameron Maybin, CF3130000 .500
    Cody Ross, CF2000013 .261
Jorge Cantu, 3B4111002 .277
    Alfredo Amezaga, 3B1010000 .271
Josh Willingham, LF4211212 .255
Dan Uggla, 2B4110234 .262
Jeremy Hermida, RF5232003 .248
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5031013 .375
Matt Treanor, C4022112 .238
Josh Johnson, P3000025 .133
   a- Mike Jacobs, PH1000001 .251
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
   b- Dallas McPherson, PH1000002 .182
    Ryan Tucker, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals42918869  
a-flied out for Johnson in the 7th
b-flied out for Nelson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (34, Redding), Cameron Maybin (1, Redding), Jorge Cantu (40, Redding), Gaby Sanchez 2 (2, Redding, Bergmann)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (33, Redding), Josh Willingham (14, Speigner)
SH - Cameron Maybin (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (67), Jorge Cantu (94), Josh Willingham (48), Jeremy Hermida 2 (61), Gaby Sanchez (1), Matt Treanor 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (38), Jeremy Hermida 2 (28), Gaby Sanchez (1), Matt Treanor 2 (12)
SB - Cameron Maybin (3, 2nd base off Bergmann/Nieves)
CS - Jeremy Hermida (1, 2nd base by Redding/Nieves)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,7-1) 6622310 3.61
Joe Nelson 1000000 2.06
Ryan Tucker 1322110 8.27
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 3.25
WP - Josh Johnson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 99-59, Joe Nelson 14-10, Ryan Tucker 28-17, Matt Lindstrom 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 11-5, Joe Nelson 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 26, Joe Nelson 3, Ryan Tucker 7, Matt Lindstrom 3
Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5121000 .244
Alberto Gonzalez, SS4001110 .263
Lastings Milledge, CF5010002 .270
Elijah Dukes, RF3110102 .271
Kory Casto, 1B4110001 .213
Pete Orr, 3B4021001 .246
Wil Nieves, C3011111 .266
Roger Bernadina, LF4010014 .191
Tim Redding, P0000000 .170
    Marco Estrada, P0100100 .000
   a- Anderson Hernandez, PH1000002 .306
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000000 .253
    Levale Speigner, P0000000 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
   c- Aaron Boone, PH1000002 .247
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals3549443  
a-hit into fielder's choice for M. Estrada in the 4th
b-flied out for Mock in the 7th
c-flied out for Manning in the 8th
Batting
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (5, Johnson)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (13), Alberto Gonzalez (9), Pete Orr (7), Wil Nieves (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Bonifacio-Casto, Nieves-Bonifacio
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding (L,10-11) 2.2777241 4.95
Marco Estrada 1.1200010 7.59
Jason Bergmann 2300220 5.18
Garrett Mock 1100100 4.12
Levale Speigner 0.2322101 11.25
Charlie Manning 0.1000000 5.27
Saul Rivera 1200020 3.96
HBP - Cantu (by Tim Redding)
WP - Tim Redding (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 64-40, Marco Estrada 26-18, Jason Bergmann 49-30, Garrett Mock 14-9, Levale Speigner 24-13, Charlie Manning 5-4, Saul Rivera 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 2-0, Marco Estrada 2-1, Jason Bergmann 1-3, Garrett Mock 1-2, Levale Speigner 2-0, Saul Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 16, Marco Estrada 6, Jason Bergmann 11, Garrett Mock 5, Levale Speigner 6, Charlie Manning 1, Saul Rivera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23299
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Kevin Causey, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson