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Marlins 7, Nationals 5 (7)

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MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez and the Florida Marlins struck right before the weather ended the Washington Nationals night.

Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, and the Marlins erased a four-run deficit to beat Washington 7-5 Tuesday in a game that was called in the seventh inning because of rain.

Ramirez's two-run single in the seventh put the Marlins ahead 6-5. Jorge Cantu followed with an RBI single moments before play was stopped, and Washington never got another chance to bat.

"Mother Nature is on our side, I guess," Marlins outfielder Cody Ross said.

Florida took advantage of three errors by Ryan Zimmerman, normally a slick fielder at third base. Adam Dunn homered and drove in three runs for the Nationals, who dropped to 0-8 against Florida this year.

"It's not a secret, you don't need to be an expert on math to know that walks plus errors equals runs," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "We lead the world in walks and we are right there too in errors."

The Marlins have won nine straight meetings dating to last season.

"We have played them better than what the record indicates," Acta said. "But over the last two years they have flat out beat us."

Ramirez set a franchise record by driving in at least one run for the ninth consecutive game. He has 21 RBI during the stretch.

"I think I've been more patient and hitting the ball all over the place," Ramirez said. "I'm taking whatever they give me."

Florida trailed 5-4 heading into the pivotal seventh. Ross walked leading off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Zimmerman's third error allowed Ross Gload to reach. Chris Coghlan walked and, with two outs, Ramirez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.

Facing left-hander Joe Beimel (0-4), Ramirez delivered a two-run single through the right side of the infield. Cantu's single made it 7-5.

"[Ramirez] is just flat out good," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "He's one of the best players in the game especially his offense, it is off the charts. He really is one of those guys you don't want to see at the plate with the game on the line."

Brett Carroll followed and the count was 2-2 when umpires signaled for the tarp. The game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes.

"Perfect," Dunn said. "[The rain delay] couldn't happen the inning before. What else can go wrong? I'm beginning to think the baseball Gods really do hate us."

Renyel Pinto (3-1) earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning in relief.

"Good timing," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We were able to get those three runs in the seventh with the rain coming. We were able to sneak out a victory."

Dunn hit an RBI double off Sean West in the first but Florida tied it in the bottom half. Zimmerman bobbled a grounder by Ramirez and then overthrew first base, allowing Emilio Bonifacio to score from second. Zimmerman was charged with two errors on the play.

In the fourth, the Nationals loaded the bases with one out for pitcher Craig Stammen, who knocked in two runs with a single to center for a 3-1 edge.

Dunn hit a two-run drive to right in the fifth for his 20th homer of the season.

"Adam Dunn has done that to a lot of people," Gonzalez said.

The Marlins answered in the sixth. Alejandro De Aza scored on a wild pitch and, with a runner on, Ramirez hit his 13th homer to cut it to 5-4.

"I threw a fastball that stayed down and he hit it pretty good, I was surprised he did what he did with it, but that's why he's a good hitter," Stammen said.

Notes

Before the game, the Nationals traded RHP Joel Hanrahan and OF Lastings Milledge to the Pirates for LHP Sean Burnett and OF Nyjer Morgan. Morgan and Burnett are expected to join the team on Wednesday. Nationals OF Elijah Dukes threw out Dan Uggla at second for his major league-leading 10th outfield assist. Dunn is two homers shy of 300. Cantu is hitting .407 against the Nationals this season.

 
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Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4000013 .320
Nick Johnson, 1B4000020 .295
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4220020 .301
Adam Dunn, LF4123010 .260
Josh Willingham, RF1100201 .282
Elijah Dukes, CF3120001 .244
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B3000004 .315
Wil Nieves, C3010000 .240
Craig Stammen, P2012100 .300
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Totals2858536  
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (22, West), Adam Dunn (11, West)
HR - Adam Dunn (20, West)
RBI - Adam Dunn 3 (56), Craig Stammen 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1
E - Josh Willingham (4, Dropped fly(Game called due to rain)), Ryan Zimmerman 3 (12, Throwing(Ramirez reaches first on Zimmerman's fielding error Bonifaci)
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen 5.1643021 5.44
Tyler Clippard (H,1) 1110110 6.00
Joe Beimel (BS,3; L,0-4) 0.1220110 3.52
Jesus Colome0000000 7.07
WP - Craig Stammen (4), Tyler Clippard (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 72-47, Tyler Clippard 22-11, Joe Beimel 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 8-5, Tyler Clippard 2-0, Joe Beimel 1-0
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 21, Tyler Clippard 5, Joe Beimel 5
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF3210100 .262
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4110014 .250
Hanley Ramirez, SS4124000 .341
Jorge Cantu, 1B4031001 .287
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000012 .253
   a- Brett Carroll, PH0000000 .290
Dan Uggla, 2B3010001 .224
Cody Ross, CF2100110 .271
John Baker, C2000000 .240
Sean West, P1000010 .000
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
   b- Alejandro De Aza, PH1110000 .263
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1100000 .286
Totals2879524  
a-announced for Hermida in the 7th
b-singled for Leroux in the 6th
c-grounded out for Pinto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu 2 (20, Stammen, Clippard)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (13, Stammen)
SH - John Baker (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 4 (56), Jorge Cantu (47)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (24), Jorge Cantu (18)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (17, 2nd base off Stammen/Nieves), Hanley Ramirez (12, 2nd base off Stammen/Nieves)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (7, 3rd base by Stammen/Nieves)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Sean West 4.1855321 4.06
Chris Leroux 1.2000010 7.71
Renyel Pinto (W,3-1) 1000030 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 81-53, Chris Leroux 26-15, Renyel Pinto 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 7-3, Chris Leroux 3-1
Batters Faced - Sean West 23, Chris Leroux 5, Renyel Pinto 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11821
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Bill Welke