Florida at Washington

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Washington (36-72) «20120000x580

Nationals 5, Marlins 4

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WASHINGTON -- Cristian Guzman and the Washington Nationals are starting to get used to winning, even the tight ones.

Guzman fell a home run shy of the cycle, Adam Dunn homered in his third straight game and the Nationals tied a season high with their fourth straight win, 5-4 over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Ryan Zimmerman and Ronnie Belliard also homered for the Nationals, who have won 10 of 16. Washington has won the first two games of this series after dropping the first nine meetings with Florida this year.

"It's good for them to realize that we can win these close games," Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "It's been tough for us to win close games."

Washington has won three consecutive series, beating the Mets, San Diego and now Florida. Starting pitcher John Lannan said the Nationals are gaining more confidence. They scored six in the eighth to rally for a 6-4 victory in Tuesday's game.

"We definitely wouldn't have won these last two games earlier in the season," Lannan said. "Our attitude's changed, and it's a good sign. We're finishing this year strong. We know we can compete."

Riggleman said there was never a question about the team's hitting. The Nationals just weren't getting timely hits.

But they've been doing more of that lately. Guzman finished 3 for 4 with two RBI. He had an RBI double in the third plus a run-scoring triple in the fourth that gave the Nationals a 5-1 lead.

The Nationals got solid bullpen work from Jorge Sosa and Mike McDougal after Lannan (8-8) escaped several jams to get through six innings. He gave up two runs and eight hits.

Sosa came on in the seventh and, after giving up a two-run single to Dan Uggla that made it 5-4, got the next four batters.

MacDougal then retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 10th save.

"They're a very dangerous offensive team, but I think they are most improved pitching-wise," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think their pitching has stabilized a little bit. The bullpen has improved a little bit."

Uggla hit a solo homer for the Marlins in the second inning and finished with three RBI. But the Marlins missed on a number of scoring chances, stranding eight.

Nyjer Morgan continued to give the Nationals a spark from the leadoff spot. He went 1 for 2, walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs. Five of the Nationals' eight hits went for extra-bases.

The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the first when Zimmerman and Dunn homered on consecutive pitches off Florida starter Rick VandenHurk (1-1), who gave up all three homers. Zimmerman sliced a homer just inside the right-field foul pole, and Dunn followed with a long shot to right-center.

Belliard homered leading off the fourth.

"Winning fixes a lot of things," Dunn said. "We've been playing good the last couple of weeks, and hopefully we can continue that the rest of the season."

Notes

Guzman extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Jorge Padilla made his major league debut after playing 12 years in the minors, flying out while pinch-hitting for Lannan in the sixth. ... Uggla has reached base in eight of his first nine plate appearances in this series, getting five walks and three hits. ... Despite these two losses, the Marlins are 23-5 vs. Washington since the start of 2008.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5120000 .268
Nick Johnson, 1B4110100 .297
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120012 .340
Jorge Cantu, 3B4010011 .285
Dan Uggla, 2B3123100 .232
Cody Ross, RF4010014 .260
Ronny Paulino, C4010010 .263
Emilio Bonifacio, CF3000112 .246
Rick VandenHurk, P2000021 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000012 .283
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Hermida, PH1000010 .253
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals36410339  
a-struck out for Sanches in the 6th
b-struck out for Donnelly in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (29, Lannan), Cody Ross (28, Lannan)
HR - Dan Uggla (20, Lannan)
RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (57)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (25)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
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Brian Sanches 1000100 0.92
Luis Ayala 1000000 4.19
Renyel Pinto 0.2100110 2.72
Brendan Donnelly 0.1000010 0.79
Matt Lindstrom 1000000 6.10
IBB - Dunn by Rick VandenHurk
HBP - Morgan (by Rick VandenHurk)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 77-47, Brian Sanches 20-10, Luis Ayala 8-7, Renyel Pinto 15-7, Brendan Donnelly 5-3, Matt Lindstrom 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 4-4, Luis Ayala 1-2, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 21, Brian Sanches 3, Luis Ayala 3, Renyel Pinto 4, Brendan Donnelly 1, Matt Lindstrom 3
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF2210100 .305
Cristian Guzman, SS4032000 .314
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111004 .293
Adam Dunn, 1B3111112 .280
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B0000000 .251
Josh Willingham, LF4010022 .304
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
Elijah Dukes, RF3000103 .237
Ronnie Belliard, 2B-1B4111010 .206
Wil Nieves, C4000010 .250
John Lannan, P2000010 .175
   a- Jorge Padilla, PH1000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
    Willie Harris, LF0000000 .232
Totals3158536  
a-lined out for Lannan in the 6th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (20, VandenHurk)
3B - Cristian Guzman (6, VandenHurk)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (22, VandenHurk), Adam Dunn (29, VandenHurk), Ronnie Belliard (3, VandenHurk)
RBI - Cristian Guzman 2 (39), Ryan Zimmerman (71), Adam Dunn (81), Ronnie Belliard (12)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (19), Ryan Zimmerman (20), Adam Dunn (21)
SB - Nyjer Morgan 2 (34, 2nd base off VandenHurk/Paulino, 2nd base off Pinto/Paulino)
CS - Elijah Dukes (8, 2nd base by Sanches/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Guzman-Dunn
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (W,8-8) 6822261 3.39
Sean Burnett0122100 2.80
Jorge Sosa (H,2) 2100020 2.45
Mike MacDougal (S,10) 1000010 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 102-65, Sean Burnett 7-3, Jorge Sosa 29-20, Mike MacDougal 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 8-3, Jorge Sosa 3-1, Mike MacDougal 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 27, Sean Burnett 2, Jorge Sosa 7, Mike MacDougal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18312
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom