Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Washington at Florida

Scoreboard
Washington (13-11)010000000142
Florida (12-12) «00122020x7100

Marlins 7, Nationals 1

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

MIAMI -- With his Florida Marlins slumping, manager Fredi Gonzalez has heard a lot of second-guessing lately -- even at home.

"That was the discussion I had with my wife last night," Gonzalez said before Saturday's game. "She said, `Why don't you run more?' I said, `What's on TV?"'

Gonzalez managed to laugh about the conversation, and he wore a wider grin a few hours later after the Marlins broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 7-1.

Chris Volstad pitched a four-hitter for the second complete game of his career, and Hanley Ramirez snapped a 3-for-20 slump with three hits, including an RBI double and a two-run homer.

"It feels great to get back on the winning side," Volstad said. "Hopefully, we'll get the ball rolling right here."

The Marlins improved to 12-12 and on Sunday have a chance to win a series for the first time in two weeks.

"We haven't been playing well," catcher John Baker said. "We haven't been getting hits with runners in scoring position, we haven't been holding leads, we haven't been running the bases well. Anytime you get a win, it's a step in the right direction -- especially a dominating one."

Volstad (2-2) provided that. He struck out eight, walked one and lowered his ERA from 5.79 to 4.45.

His only other complete game was a five-hitter last July 8 at San Francisco.

"That's what pitchers try to do every time," Volstad said. "It's really satisfying."

The 6-foot-8 right-hander had some defensive help. Third baseman Jorge Cantu robbed Ryan Zimmerman of a hit, and left fielder Chris Coghlan threw out Adam Kennedy from foul territory trying to stretch a single in the ninth inning.

When Volstad struck out Adam Dunn to end the game, there was one final roar from the crowd of 34,886, the Marlins' largest since their home opener.

"It's good to see people coming out, good to have the stands full," Volstad said. "That's what we would like to see every night."

Volstad threw 114 pitches. He estimated 60 percent were sinking fastballs, and he also threw sliders, curves and about a dozen changeups.

"He can throw all his pitches for strikes," Baker said. "When you can throw four pitches for strikes and have a 92 mph fastball that sinks, it's going to be a difficult game for any opposing team when he's on."

There's another aspect to facing Volstad.

"He's very tall," Washington catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. "Sometimes when you see a guy like that, it feels like the ball is coming from a building."

Volstad also had two singles, hiking his average to .333, and he scored a run. Jorge Cantu, who began the day tied for the NL lead with 23 RBI, hit a two-run homer.

Craig Stammen (1-1) allowed four runs, three earned, in four-plus innings.

"Not good enough," he said. "I didn't quite have my fastball location that I need."

The defeat ended a three-game winning streak for the Nationals.

Florida took the lead for good in the fourth when two Marlins slid home safe ahead of throws. Baker singled and scored with a slide when Cody Ross tripled. That made it 2-1.

Center fielder Nyjer Morgan then charged forward to catch Gaby Sanchez's liner and made a wild throw home. Stammen retrieved the ball near the backstop but his throw was too late to get Ross, who scored despite a jarring collision with Rodriguez that left both players shaken up. They stayed in the game.

"I took away the hit," Morgan said. "I had to come up firing, and it just sailed on me."

The Marlins were 1 for 13 in the series with runners in scoring position before Cantu hit his sixth homer in the fifth off Tyler Walker for a 5-1 lead.

The Marlins won for only the second time in seven games.

"What creates a winning streak?" Gonzalez said. "Usually good pitching starts that, and we got that from Chris."

Notes

Washington gave up an unearned run for the first time since April 16. ... Stammen has an ERA of 9.00 in three career starts against Florida. ... The Nationals went 13-10 in April, their first winning full month since September 2007. ... RHP Josh Johnson, scheduled to start Sunday, is 5-0 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 games against the Nationals.

 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

C. Volstad
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF4000020 .275
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010010 .231
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4020000 .373
Adam Dunn, 1B3110112 .229
Josh Willingham, LF3000013 .273
Ivan Rodriguez, C2001001 .400
Cristian Guzman, SS3000010 .262
Roger Bernadina, RF2000010 .111
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000000 .158
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Craig Stammen, P1000010 .300
    Willy Taveras, RF2000000 .143
Totals2914118  
a-grounded out for T. Walker in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Volstad), Adam Dunn (6, Volstad)
SF - Ivan Rodriguez (2)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (10)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Nyjer Morgan (3, Throwing), Craig Stammen (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen (L,1-1) 4743220 6.75
Tyler Walker 3333032 6.28
Sean Burnett 1000000 3.38
WP - Tyler Walker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 78-51, Tyler Walker 50-33, Sean Burnett 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 4-5, Tyler Walker 3-2, Sean Burnett 3-0
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 20, Tyler Walker 11, Sean Burnett 3
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF4210012 .247
Chris Coghlan, LF3000102 .188
Hanley Ramirez, SS4133011 .300
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4112011 .309
Dan Uggla, 2B3000120 .286
John Baker, C4120000 .281
Cody Ross, RF4111001 .261
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000002 .261
    Brian Barden, 3B0000000 .143
Chris Volstad, P3120000 .333
Totals32710625  
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (3, Stammen), Hanley Ramirez (5, Stammen)
3B - Cody Ross (1, Stammen)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (3, T. Walker), Jorge Cantu (6, T. Walker)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (10), Jorge Cantu 2 (25), Cody Ross (12)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (6), Jorge Cantu 2 (9)
CS - Chris Coghlan (1, 2nd base by T. Walker/Rodriguez), Hanley Ramirez (2, 2nd base by Stammen/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Coghlan 1
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (W,2-2) 9411180 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 114-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 11-7
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 31
Game Information
Attendance - 34886
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman