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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A grinning Donnie Murphy zigzagged near first base, trying to avoid being caught by a mob of jubilant Florida Marlins teammates, then gleefully heaved his helmet 40 feet in the air.
It was a celebration long in coming. The Marlins endured nine innings of poor clutch hitting Tuesday before Murphy delivered a bases-loaded, two-out single in the 10th to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2.
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"When your teammates are coming out there to congratulate you and cheer, it's fun," Murphy said.
Lots of frustration preceded the fun. The Marlins came from behind twice but went into extra innings 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
"It seems like they're pressing," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "The right guys are at the plate. It's one of those slumps. I hope we can get back on track."
The Nationals shared that sentiment after going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Through four games they're batting .121 (4 for 33) in those situations.
"Totally my fault," Werth said.
Infante advanced on a wild pitch, and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked by Drew Storen (0-1). After Gaby Sanchez's single loaded the bases, Sean Burnett took the mound, and Logan Morrison popped out and John Buck struck out.
Murphy then singled on an 0-1 pitch. He was back in the lineup after bruising his right hand Saturday when he was hit by a pitch.
There were no injuries in the postgame celebration, although Murphy second-guessed himself regarding the tossing of his helmet, which landed in the infield dirt.
"I threw it a little higher than I wanted to," he said. "I'll watch out next time, because I almost took out a teammate."
Murphy's accustomed to such celebrations. He played sparingly last year but had walkoff pinch hits four days apart for Florida.
"It seems like Donnie likes those situations," Rodriguez said.
Only a few thousand saw the finish. Marlins attendance has declined by at least 8,000 with each game this season, and Tuesday's crowd was 10,482.
Edward Mujica (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th and struck out two, but before that, the Nationals had lots of chances. They stranded 12 runners and had another thrown out trying to score.
"Everybody just wants to do the job right now, and maybe we're pressing a little bit," Werth said. "We just need to relax and play the game."
The Marlins' starting lineup was again without cleanup hitter Mike Stanton, sidelined with a strained left hamstring. They've scored nine runs in the three games he has missed.
Stanton pinch-hit in the ninth and walked.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead in the third. Morrison hit his second home run for Florida.
But both teams were awful in RBI situations.
Two Marlins pitchers walked the bases loaded for Washington in the seventh, but Wilson Ramos grounded out to end the inning.
A base-running mistake cost the Nationals a chance to take the lead in the eighth. With Jerry Hairston at first and two outs, Werth doubled off the wall, but left fielder Morrison quickly got the ball back into the infield. Hairston took a big turn at third, then stopped and was tagged out to end the threat.
Third-base coach Bo Porter took the blame.
"It was a bad read on my part," he said.
Chris Coghlan, playing center field this season for the first time in his professional career, robbed the Nationals of two runs in the first inning. Coghlan sprinted into deep left-center and made a leaping catch of Rick Ankiel's fly with two on and two outs.
"That's the game right there, that catch," Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez said. He went 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the season, allowing seven hits and three walks but only two runs.
Washington's Jason Marquis allowed a baserunner in every inning he worked but gave up only two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts -- both called with runners in scoring position.
|Logan Morrison bear-hugs Donnie Murphy after Murphy drives in the winning run in the 10th inning to beat the Nats. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B-LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.000|
|Jayson Werth, RF||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.333|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||2||2||1||1||3||0||0||.364|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.188|
|Michael Morse, LF||4||0||1||1||0||3||3||.154|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ian Desmond, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||0||0||2||2||2||.083|
|Wilson Ramos, C||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.500|
|Alex Cora, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|a-grounded out for Clippard in the 9th|
|2B - Jayson Werth (3, Hensley)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Sanchez)|
|SH - Jason Marquis (1)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (2), Michael Morse (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse (1)|
|SB - Rick Ankiel (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Jayson Werth (1, Dropped fly), Ryan Zimmerman (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tyler Clippard (BS,1)||1.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||0.00|
|Drew Storen (L,0-1)||1||1||1||0||2||0||0||3.38|
|IBB - Morrison by Tyler Clippard, H. Ramirez by Drew Storen|
|WP - Drew Storen (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 78-54, Tyler Clippard 31-14, Drew Storen 35-20, Sean Burnett 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 11-7, Tyler Clippard 2-2, Drew Storen 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Tyler Clippard 7, Drew Storen 7, Sean Burnett 3|
|Chris Coghlan, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.118|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.200|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.167|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.444|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||1||2||1||1||1||4||.286|
|John Buck, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.222|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Emilio Bonifacio, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.455|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Stanton, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.500|
|Scott Cousins, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Dunn in the 7th|
|b-walked for Nunez in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Coghlan (1, Marquis), Gaby Sanchez (4, Marquis), Logan Morrison (1, Marquis), Donnie Murphy (1, Marquis)|
|HR - Logan Morrison (2, Marquis)|
|SF - Greg Dobbs (1)|
|SH - Omar Infante (1), Emilio Bonifacio (2), Anibal Sanchez (1)|
|RBI - Logan Morrison (4), Donnie Murphy (1), Greg Dobbs (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Donnie Murphy (1)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Logan Morrison 1|
|Edward Mujica (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 105-63, Ryan Webb 10-5, Mike Dunn 20-10, Clay Hensley 16-7, Leo Nunez 13-7, Edward Mujica 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-5, Ryan Webb 2-0, Mike Dunn 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Ryan Webb 3, Mike Dunn 4, Clay Hensley 4, Leo Nunez 3, Edward Mujica 3|
|Attendance - 10482|
|Game Time - 3:30|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn|