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Washington (49-66)000000000060

Marlins 5, Nationals 0

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WASHINGTON -- Mike Stanton hardly felt at his best Thursday.

A sore throat kept him from sleeping much the night before. He decided he needed to head out and buy some medicine. But a storm left him soaked on his walk to the store, and then the stuff he bought to soothe his throat didn't really work.

No matter. Stanton homered for the second consecutive game to stretch his hit streak to six at-bats, and Ricky Nolasco rebounded from a rough start by taking a shutout into the seventh inning, leading the Florida Marlins past the Washington Nationals 5-0 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

"The kid is unbelievable," Nolasco said about Stanton. "This is just a small glimpse of what we're going to see."

Added Nolasco (13-8): "It's going to be fun to watch, and I'm glad I don't got to face him."

Nationals pitchers did, though, and Stanton went 8 for 12 with two homers, three doubles and six RBI in the series.

He hit a two-run homer off Livan Hernandez (8-8) in the second inning Thursday, when umpires checked a replay of the drive and ruled it cleared the fence. Stanton's 12th homer landed above the out-of-town video scoreboard, and the ball rattled around a metal fence along the green outfield wall, then bounced back onto the field. So Stanton stopped at third base with an apparent triple, until the umpiring crew left the field for a video review and decided the ball left the park.

"We knew it was a home run. I heard it hit the metal back there, over the fence," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "They got the call right."

In Florida's 9-5 victory Wednesday, Stanton went 5 for 5, including a homer and two doubles. That made him the second-youngest player -- at 20 years, 276 days -- to have five hits and drive in four runs in a game since RBI became an official statistic in 1920, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Only one other Marlins player had those stats in a game: Gary Sheffield, in September 1995 against Colorado.

Stanton walked in his second plate appearance Thursday, then made his first out since Tuesday by popping up in the sixth.

"That swing. That powerful swing," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He's one of those guys that, irregardless of the score of the game, the fans have to stay till the end of the game, because he's going to make history any time."

Only dozens of fans were around when this game ended at 12:23 a.m.; the start was delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes because of rain.

Using his biting slider, Nolasco struck out eight batters in six-plus innings, allowing six hits and one walk.

Nolasco earned his eighth win in his past 10 outings. In his previous start, a loss against St. Louis on Aug. 6, the righty gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.

But he was much sharper Thursday, retiring eight straight batters in one stretch.

"Honestly, I felt better my last start than I did tonight," Nolasco said. "So today I just tried to not to do too much."

He found himself in a tough spot in the fifth, when an infield single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs for Adam Dunn, who entered the day leading the NL with 31 homers.

"Biggest at-bat of the game," Nolasco said.

He struck out Dunn on what the slugger called "a really good slider" that was "tough to pick up."

After a 1-2-3 sixth, Nolasco ran into problems again in the seventh, which began with two singles in a row. But relievers Jose Veras, Clay Hensley and Burke Badenhop finished the shutout.

"The story of the game was Nolasco," said Riggleman, whose team went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position. "We just couldn't get anything off him."

Hernandez gave up three runs in his 6 1/3 innings against the team he helped lead to a championship as MVP of the 1997 World Series.

Riggleman said neither Hernandez nor catcher Ivan Rodriguez was pleased with some of plate umpire Mike Winters' calls. At one point, Riggleman left the dugout to make sure Rodriguez didn't get ejected.

Hernandez said he thought Winters didn't "see the ball very good" and that Rodriguez "complained a little bit."

Said Rodriguez: "I don't want to talk about it."

Notes

The Marlins hadn't swept a three-game series in 2010, although they did take all four of a four-game set against the Mets in May. ... Florida C Ronny Paulino took Thursday off, replaced in the lineup by Brett Hayes. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Paulino "is a little bit tired," and Hayes "is going to see more action."

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hanley Ramirez, SS4120100 .287
Logan Morrison, LF5110022 .276
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3010212 .290
Dan Uggla, 2B4221103 .284
Cody Ross, CF5021003 .270
Mike Stanton, RF3112212 .260
Donnie Murphy, 3B4000026 .258
Brett Hayes, C4010022 .244
Ricky Nolasco, P2000101 .140
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000012 .245
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals35510479  
a-struck out for Veras in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brett Hayes (3, Hernandez)
HR - Mike Stanton (12, Hernandez)
RBI - Dan Uggla (72), Cody Ross (55), Mike Stanton 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross (25)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (8, 2nd base by Hernandez/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-G. Sanchez
E - Dan Uggla (14, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,13-8) 6600180 4.39
Jose Veras (H,11) 1000000 4.07
Clay Hensley 1000010 2.73
Burke Badenhop 1000000 4.22
HBP - Desmond (by Ricky Nolasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 106-74, Jose Veras 7-3, Clay Hensley 9-6, Burke Badenhop 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-5, Jose Veras 1-1, Clay Hensley 1-1, Burke Badenhop 3-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Jose Veras 2, Clay Hensley 3, Burke Badenhop 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, CF4020002 .275
Ian Desmond, SS3000012 .260
Adam Dunn, 1B4010024 .273
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000011 .298
Michael Morse, RF4000021 .286
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000011 .256
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .250
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .500
   a- Kevin Mench, PH1000000 .200
Ivan Rodriguez, C4020000 .277
Willie Harris, LF2010110 .181
Livan Hernandez, P2000012 .119
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Gonzalez, 2B1000001 .280
Totals3206019  
a-grounded out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Roger Bernadina (13, Nolasco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Kennedy-Dunn
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (L,8-8) 6.1733431 3.08
Sean Burnett 0.1000010 2.85
Craig Stammen 1.2322340 5.13
Tyler Clippard 0.2000010 3.27
WP - Craig Stammen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 115-64, Sean Burnett 11-8, Craig Stammen 44-25, Tyler Clippard 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 5-9, Craig Stammen 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, Sean Burnett 1, Craig Stammen 11, Tyler Clippard 2
Game Information
Attendance - 16496
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Al Porter