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Marlins 9, Nationals 3

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MIAMI -- The game had been over for half an hour, and cheers kept ringing in Hanley Ramirez's ears. He stood at his locker, trying to hold his squirmy 2-year-old son, Hansel, who grinned at the TV cameras trained on his dad and hollered sound bites.

"Papi! Papi!" Hansel screamed.

The return of Ramirez's home-run swing had his fans roaring Sunday, when he helped the Florida Marlins rally past the Washington Nationals 9-3.

Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, Josh Johnson overcame a slow start and the Marlins took the rubber game to win a series for the first time in two weeks.

"When you've got a shortstop hitting the ball like that, it's fun to watch," Johnson said.

Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third inning to put Florida ahead, then added a solo homer in the sixth. The 2009 NL batting champion had only two homers and seven RBI in April, but in two games this month, he has three homers and seven RBI.

"I had a tough April. I was waiting for May," Ramirez said. "I told everybody, 'No worries. I know I'm going to get hot, and when it's hot, it's hot."'

Ramirez's 10th multihomer game left him one shy of Mike Lowell's franchise record. His surge has been contagious, with the Marlins outscoring the Nationals 16-4 and out-hitting them 23-10 in the past two games.

"He makes this team go," Johnson said. "It's such a big lift for our team when he's hitting. And everybody knows he's going to hit."

Johnson (3-1) gave up two runs in the second and then settled down, departing after six innings on a sunny, 85-degree afternoon with a 7-2 lead.

"This was the first day it was hot," the Marlins' ace said. "It's good to get that feeling back, because it's going to be like this the rest of the summer. I sweated a lot. I feel like I lost 20 pounds."

Johnson walked four and struck out eight. Four relievers completed a six-hitter, after Florida's Chris Volstad pitched a four-hitter to beat Washington on Saturday.

The Nationals, still above .500 in May for the first time since 2005, concluded a 3-3 trip.

"They are agitated and irritated that they lost these two games," manager Jim Riggleman said. "I like the fact that they don't brush it off."

With runners in scoring position, the Nationals went 5 for 28 in the series, including 2 for 11 Sunday, when they struck out 11 times.

"Everybody is trying to get the big hit," outfielder Willie Harris said. "You just keep searching for the big hits. They'll come."

John Lannan (1-2) allowed six runs in five innings and remained winless in his past four starts.

"I started missing some pitches on the outside corner," the left-hander said. "I've got to live on that corner. I'm not throwing hard enough to blow balls by guys."

Florida trailed 2-0 before scoring four in the third. Brett Carroll was hit by a pitch, Cameron Maybin walked and Gaby Sanchez hit an RBI single for Florida's first hit. Ramirez followed with a homer to center.

Ramirez hit a two-out homer in the sixth, and a single in the eighth hiked his average to .316 To regain his pop, he said he has been working in the batting cage to shorten his swing and focus on driving the ball.

The surge comes just in time for a three-game series beginning Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. Is he ready to face the starting staff with the lowest ERA in the major leagues?

"They're going to have to face me," Ramirez said. "No worry. It doesn't matter who we're facing. They're coming to our house, and we've got a pretty good team."

Notes

  • The teams matched diving catches. Marlins right fielder Cody Ross misjudged Josh Willingham's fly in the third inning and retreated several steps, then sprinted forward to make a sprawling backhanded grab. Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan robbed Jorge Cantu of a hit in the fifth.
  • Before his first homer, Ramirez was 4 for 24 against lefties this season.
  • With a left-hander pitching, Marlins 2B Chris Coghlan was given the day off. Coghlan does not have an extra-base hit this season.
  • Washington SS Ian Desmond played his 18th consecutive errorless game.
  • The Nationals have Monday off, then begin a season-high stretch of playing 20 days in a row.
 
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Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Florida

J. Johnson
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 8
 

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    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
   a- Cristian Guzman, PH1010000 .271
Adam Kennedy, 2B5000012 .214
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3110101 .370
Adam Dunn, 1B3011122 .233
Josh Willingham, LF3100123 .263
Willie Harris, RF2110110 .175
   b- Justin Maxwell, PH-CF0000100 .174
Ian Desmond, SS4011034 .247
Wil Nieves, C4000012 .200
John Lannan, P2001010 .000
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   c- Roger Bernadina, PH-CF^RF2000000 .091
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a-doubled for Capps in the 9th
b-walked for Harris in the 8th
c-grounded out for Batista in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (5, Nunez), Ryan Zimmerman (10, Badenhop), Willie Harris (4, Johnson), Ian Desmond (5, Johnson)
RBI - Adam Dunn (10), Ian Desmond (11), John Lannan (1)
CS - Nyjer Morgan (5, 2nd base by Johnson/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Justin Maxwell 1, Nyjer Morgan 1
Washington Nationals
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Miguel Batista 1111001 5.71
Brian Bruney 1.2322330 6.23
Matt Capps 0.1000000 0.66
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HBP - Carroll (by John Lannan)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 88-53, Miguel Batista 7-6, Brian Bruney 48-26, Matt Capps 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 5-7, Miguel Batista 2-1, Brian Bruney 1-0, Matt Capps 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 27, Miguel Batista 4, Brian Bruney 10, Matt Capps 1
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF4210110 .247
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4121000 .274
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Hunter Jones, P0000000 .000
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   a- Mike Lamb, PH1012000 .176
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Dan Uggla, 2B4120100 .295
Ronny Paulino, C4020113 .318
Cody Ross, RF3111111 .264
Brett Carroll, LF2211103 .281
Josh Johnson, P3000012 .231
    Wes Helms, 3B1000011 .417
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a-doubled for Leroux in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gaby Sanchez (8, Lannan), Mike Lamb (1, Bruney), Ronny Paulino (4, Lannan), Cody Ross (6, Lannan), Brett Carroll (3, Lannan)
HR - Hanley Ramirez 2 (5, Lannan, Batista)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (12), Mike Lamb 2 (3), Hanley Ramirez 4 (14), Cody Ross (13), Brett Carroll (6)
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Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Josh Johnson (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-4, Burke Badenhop 1-2, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 25, Burke Badenhop 7, Hunter Jones 1, Chris Leroux 1, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13169
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Ted Barrett