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WASHINGTON -- Anibal Sanchez says the opponent doesn't matter.
"I tried to make them swing at my pitches," Sanchez said. "I threw everything at every hitter."
Sanchez (12-9) gave up one run, struck out four and walked none. He has a 2.29 career ERA in 13 starts against the Nationals, going 2-0 this year. Wilson Ramos' RBI double in the eighth was the first earned run Sanchez allowed against Washington in 23 1-3 innings.
Sanchez was coming off of his worst performance of the season, giving up seven runs and seven hits in four innings at Philadelphia on Monday. He quickly showed he was back in form against the Nationals. Sanchez didn't allow a runner until Michael Morse's double in the fifth inning.
"You can tell with Anibal by the third inning if his breaking ball is working and around the plate -- he's going to have a good game," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Whenever he's throwing his secondary pitches for strikes, chances are he's going to have a good game."
Washington (60-82) dropped a season-high 22 games under .500 and clinched a fifth straight losing season after yet again failing to make a dent against Sanchez.
"He's been good every time we've seen him," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're going to have to figure something out on him."
Emilio Bonifacio gave Sanchez all the offense he needed with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Logan Morrison added an RBI single in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It was the 31st straight game he's reached base safely, the longest active streak in the majors.
"I'm sure since you just told me that I'm not going to get on base tomorrow," Morrison joked with a reporter after the game. "I don't think about it. I have no idea."
Clay Hensley pitched the ninth inning for his second save in five chances
Jason Marquis (2-8) also had a strong start, but couldn't match Sanchez. Marquis, who had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in May and was on the disabled list for 3½ months, gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight -- his highest total since Sept. 1, 2008 -- and walked one.
"Today was probably the best I've felt since the surgery," Marquis said. "I had good bite on my slider. It was the first time all year I really had a good feel for it."
Neither pitcher allowed a hit through the first four innings, and the only runner to reach was Morrison on first baseman Adam Dunn's fielding error in the first inning.
Chad Tracy led off the fifth inning with a grounder up the middle. Mike Stanton followed with another single and Marquis walked Cameron Maybin to load the bases with no outs. After a pair of strikeouts, Bonifacio singled to center on a 3-2 pitch.
Morrison nearly added another run for the Marlins, but Nationals rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa made a diving stop and threw out Morrison by a step to end the inning.
Dunn's second error, on Brad Davis' ninth-inning grounder, scored an unearned run. Maybin led off with a triple.
|The dominant pitching of Anibal Sanchez continues to overpower the Nationals, whom have yet to beat Sanchez this season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.306|
|Logan Morrison, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||3||.311|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.301|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.281|
|Chad Tracy, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||1||1||0||0||3||3||.244|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.237|
|Brad Davis, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.255|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.118|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Cousins, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.375|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Veras in the 9th|
|2B - Emilio Bonifacio (6, Stammen)|
|3B - Cameron Maybin (3, Batista)|
|RBI - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (8), Logan Morrison (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (4)|
|SB - Emilio Bonifacio (8, 2nd base off Marquis/Ramos), Brad Davis (1, 2nd base off Batista/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Tracy|
|E - Anibal Sanchez (4, Throwing)|
|Anibal Sanchez (W,12-9)||7.2||4||1||1||0||4||0||3.35|
|Jose Veras (H,15)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.95|
|Clay Hensley (S,2)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 100-68, Jose Veras 4-2, Clay Hensley 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 12-6, Jose Veras 1-0, Clay Hensley 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 26, Jose Veras 1, Clay Hensley 5|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.310|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.282|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.266|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Michael Morse, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.297|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.257|
|Wilson Ramos, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.279|
|Justin Maxwell, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|Miguel Batista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jason Marquis, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Collin Balester, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Wil Nieves, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|a-popped out for Marquis in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Balester in the 8th|
|2B - Michael Morse (10, Sanchez), Wilson Ramos (5, Sanchez)|
|RBI - Wilson Ramos (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos (3)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Zimmerman-Dunn-Desmond|
|PB - Wilson Ramos (1)|
|E - Adam Dunn 2 (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jason Marquis (L,2-8)||6||5||2||2||1||8||0||6.60|
|WP - Collin Balester 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 99-67, Craig Stammen 22-14, Collin Balester 21-10, Miguel Batista 9-6, Tyler Clippard 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-2, Miguel Batista 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 24, Craig Stammen 5, Collin Balester 4, Miguel Batista 3, Tyler Clippard 2|
|Attendance - 17941|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye|