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Washington (1-9)51000000000673

Hermida homer in 11th boosts Marlins to 10-1 mark

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WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Hermida hit two late-inning home runs Saturday, and that's only a small part of the reason why he is enjoying the season so far.

Hermida hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning after tying it with a two-run shot in the ninth, and the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 9-6 Saturday for their sixth straight win.

"During the regular season, I don't know if you can ask for any more fun, not so much today but what we've been able to do the past couple of days and the first 11 games," said Hermida, who had a career-high five RBI.

"It's been a blast. We're just out there having a good time with it and rolling with it as long as we can," he said.

The Marlins improved to a big league-best 10-1 record by rallying for their second straight extra-inning win. On Friday night, Hermida's 10th inning single proved to be the winning run.

Hermida has three home runs this season -- all against Washington -- and the home fans, who are pulling for a team with the worst record in the majors at 1-9, paid a lot of attention to Florida's left fielder.

"They were ragging on me after the first one, but after the second one, most of the people were actually giving me some congratulations, so it was nice," Hermida said.

Hermida's first home run -- off closer Joel Hanrahan, who blew his second save opportunity in as many games -- was a two-run shot. It came with two outs in the ninth.

The go-ahead drive came off Wil Ledezma, who had just relieved Julian Tavarez (0-1).

"Down by three, it's hard to get those wins," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I could see one run or two runs, but three runs to come back and tie the ballgame and then win it, it's big."

Florida fell behind 5-0 in the first when Austin Kearns hit a grand slam off Josh Johnson. Washington led 6-2 after two, but had just one hit in the game's final 9 1/3 innings.

"We have to step on their throats," Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Instead of trying to coast. ... We have to have a little bit more attitude."

The Nationals, who lost a league worst 102 games in 2008, dropped the first seven games of the season before finally winning, 8-2 on Thursday against Philadelphia.

"We should have won the series already," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "This is very disappointing and discouraging. It's deflating."

Acta's bad day began when center fielder Elijah Dukes reported late for pregame stretching. According to Acta, Dukes was making an appearance at a local Little League event -- which was encouraged by the Nationals -- but he was still benched.

Roger Bernadina started in center field instead, and while making a difficult catch on Dan Uggla's fly ball in the eighth inning, he broke his right ankle. Bernadina has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Kiko Calero (1-0), Florida's fifth pitcher, worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Ross Gload led off the 11th with a walk off Tavarez. He advanced to second on a wild pitch. Wes Helms reached on an error by shortstop Alberto Gonzalez.

The Nationals scored six runs in the first two innings off Johnson, who was last week's NL Player of the Week with a 2-0 and a 0.57 ERA.

Johnson was on the verge of his first loss until Hermida got going.

"I love Hermida. I loved him before, but I love him even more now," Johnson said.

Scott Olsen, who was traded to Washington by Florida over the winter, had two horrible starts, and was much better. Hen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs -- one unearned -- and six hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Notes

  • OF Justin Maxwell will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Bernadina on the roster.
  • Kearns' grand slam was the second of his career. The last came on May 21, 2002 -- also against the Marlins.
  • Washington purchased the contract of INF Alex Cintron from Triple-A Syracuse. Cintron pinch hit and struck out.
  • Florida has homered in six of 11 games. They're 4-1 in games they don't homer.
  • Acta believes a possible new contract for Zimmerman is a positive development. "It will mean a lot for the kid, our franchise and the fans. Whenever it happens, it's going to be worth it because this guy means a lot to this ballclub," Acta said. "He deserves it." Zimmerman declined comment: "no answers here," he said after the game.
 
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Jeremy Hermida homers in the ninth and 11th innings as Florida wins on the road. (AP)
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Players of the Game
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
Washington

A. Kearns
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4000012 .347
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B2100011 .250
Jeremy Hermida, LF6335010 .316
Hanley Ramirez, SS6010000 .245
Jorge Cantu, 1B5020021 .378
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    John Baker, C1000000 .321
Dan Uggla, 2B6100024 .268
Ronny Paulino, C4122101 .333
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
Cody Ross, RF5010022 .205
Cameron Maybin, CF2000101 .206
   b- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF2110011 .333
Josh Johnson, P2000012 .143
   c- Brett Carroll, PH1000000 .125
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   d- Ross Gload, PH-1B1211100 .364
Totals479118311  
a-struck out for Bonifacio in the 9th
b-singled for Maybin in the 9th
c-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
d-singled for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (3, Beimel), Cody Ross (1, Olsen)
HR - Jeremy Hermida 2 (3, Hanrahan, Ledezma), Ronny Paulino (1, Olsen)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida 5 (8), Ronny Paulino 2 (4), Ross Gload (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida 2 (4)
SB - Ronny Paulino (1, 2nd base off Tavarez/Bard)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 6666261 2.91
Logan Kensing 1000130 4.50
Renyel Pinto 1100100 2.25
Dan Meyer 1.2000120 3.38
Kiko Calero (W,1-0) 1.1000010 1.59
HBP - N. Johnson (by Josh Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 101-70, Logan Kensing 21-13, Renyel Pinto 21-15, Dan Meyer 29-17, Kiko Calero 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-5
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 26, Logan Kensing 4, Renyel Pinto 5, Dan Meyer 6, Kiko Calero 4
Washington Nationals
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4110120 .294
Nick Johnson, 1B4121021 .371
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5121012 .277
Adam Dunn, LF3100212 .281
Josh Bard, C5010015 .200
Austin Kearns, RF4114111 .179
Roger Bernadina, CF3000010 .250
    Elijah Dukes, CF2000002 .323
Alberto Gonzalez, SS5000002 .353
Scott Olsen, P1100110 .000
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000010 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000000 .100
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
   c- Jesus Flores, PH1000010 .250
Totals39676512  
a-struck out for Olsen in the 7th
b-popped out for Hanrahan in the 9th
c-struck out for Ledezma in the 11th
Batting
HR - Austin Kearns (2, Johnson)
RBI - Nick Johnson (2), Ryan Zimmerman (9), Austin Kearns 4 (8)
SB - Anderson Hernandez (1, 2nd base off Kensing/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Alberto Gonzalez 2 (2, Throwing), Nick Johnson (1, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
Scott Olsen 7632151 9.00
Joe Beimel (H,3) 1100000 1.35
Joel Hanrahan (BS,2) 1333031 9.00
Julian Tavarez (L,0-1) 1021220 4.05
Wil Ledezma 1111011 9.53
WP - Joel Hanrahan (1), Julian Tavarez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 103-71, Joe Beimel 20-11, Joel Hanrahan 27-20, Julian Tavarez 32-16, Wil Ledezma 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 10-7, Joe Beimel 1-2, Joel Hanrahan 1-0, Julian Tavarez 2-0, Wil Ledezma 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 29, Joe Beimel 4, Joel Hanrahan 7, Julian Tavarez 6, Wil Ledezma 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19864
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Tim Timmons