Washington at Florida

W: B. Sanches (1-0) L: C. Gaudin (0-1)
S: L. Nunez (1)
HR: WAS - None   FLA - None

Marlins 7, Nationals 4

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- John Buck is new to the Florida Marlins and still learning the jagged configuration of their outfield, so he was unsure whether his bases-loaded drive Wednesday would clear the wall.

"I knew I hit it good," he said. "But I was running hard."

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Buck, who hit a grand slam on opening day, missed another by inches when the ball hit the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. He settled for a three-run triple that helped the Marlins come from behind to win for the second successive night, this time by erasing a four-run deficit to beat Washington 7-4.

"I thought it was a home run," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "But it was good enough."

Chris Coghlan had three doubles and a single and scored three times for the Marlins, and Omar Infante put them ahead to stay with an RBI single in the sixth. Four Florida relievers combined for four shutout innings.

But Buck made the biggest contribution. With Livan Hernandez trying to protect a 4-1 lead and two outs in the fifth inning, Buck fouled off two 3-2 pitches, then lofted a fly that landed near the 404-foot sign. With the ball ruled in play, the Marlins' 237-pound catcher chugged into third for his first triple since 2009.

"That might be the only way he'll get one -- hitting a ball off the wall that caroms around," teammate Chris Volstad said.

Rodriguez argued Buck's hit had cleared the wall, but the call stood after a replay review.

Washington's Ian Desmond, who entered the game 0 for 13, had four hits and two RBI. But the Nationals, who began the night batting .121 (4 for 33) with runners in scoring position, went only 2 for 10 in those situations.

"We just have to keep putting them out there and finish it off," manager Jim Riggleman said. "With the energy and attitude on the bench, it pains them to have that happen the last couple nights."

The Nationals (1-4) have an overall average of .209, and they've scored only 14 runs.

"The season is just starting," Hernandez said. "You don't make the playoffs in four or five games."

Ryan Zimmerman struck out with two on to end the game against Leo Nunez, who converted his first save chance. Brian Sanches (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth.

The Marlins made several offseason moves to upgrade a shaky bullpen, and in the first two games of the series, their relievers have shut out Washington on three hits over 8 1/3 innings.

"Obviously the season is 162 games, but that's what we expect to do," Sanches said.

Josh Johnson, who has a career record of 7-0 against Washington, is scheduled to start Thursday when Florida tries for a sweep.

The Nationals' frustration peaked in the eighth. As reliever Todd Coffey left the game, he argued with plate umpire Todd Tschida and was ejected. Coffey then threw his glove and went face to face with Tschida.

"The situation dictates that I've got to be more composed and stay within myself and help the team," Coffey said, "and I didn't."

Hernandez took a 4-0 led into the fifth before tiring. He departed for a pinch hitter after throwing 97 pitches in five innings. He gave up six hits and five walks.

Florida went ahead with two runs in the sixth off Chad Gaudin (0-1). Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled, took third on a double by Coghlan and scored on Infante's single.

Coghlan came home when shortstop Desmond mishandled Hanley Ramirez's grounder for an error.

"You've got to play really good baseball to get back in a game like that," Buck said. "You've got to pitch well and hit well."

Volstad needed 95 pitches to get through five inning and left for a pinch hitter trailing 4-0. Volstad, who won all four of his starts against Washington last year, gave up four hits and four walks.

"Obviously it wasn't my best game," Volstad said. "But I was happy with the way I battled."


With his third walkoff hit in the past two seasons Tuesday, Marlins third baseman Donnie Murphy is tied for second in the majors during that span. ... Volstad twice retired Jayson Werth, who is 1 for 22 against the right-hander. ... Hernandez remained winless (0-3) in his past six starts against Florida.

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Players of the Game

C. Coghlan
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

I. Desmond
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond, SS5042000 .222
Jayson Werth, RF3000202 .278
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3001122 .286
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000114 .158
Michael Morse, LF4000002 .118
Rick Ankiel, CF3110100 .133
Danny Espinosa, 2B4110011 .357
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Ivan Rodriguez, C4201010 .000
Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .200
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Alex Cora, 2B1000000 .167
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 6th
2B - Ian Desmond 2 (2, Volstad, Volstad)
SF - Ryan Zimmerman (1)
SH - Livan Hernandez 2 (2)
RBI - Ian Desmond 2 (2), Ryan Zimmerman (3), Ivan Rodriguez (1)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Hernandez-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Ian Desmond (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez 5644510 4.76
Chad Gaudin (L,0-1) 2321140 13.50
Todd Coffey 0.2111200 11.57
Doug Slaten 0.1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 97-49, Chad Gaudin 39-24, Todd Coffey 22-9, Doug Slaten 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-7, Chad Gaudin 2-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 25, Chad Gaudin 10, Todd Coffey 5, Doug Slaten 1
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, CF5340001 .273
Omar Infante, 2B4011102 .211
Hanley Ramirez, SS3111200 .190
Gaby Sanchez, 1B2101211 .400
Logan Morrison, LF2100312 .250
John Buck, C4023004 .273
Donnie Murphy, 3B4000023 .188
Emilio Bonifacio, RF4010022 .400
Chris Volstad, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Cousins, PH1000000 .143
    Brian Sanches, P00000001.000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1110000 .667
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Volstad in the 5th
b-singled for Sanches in the 6th
c-flied out for Hensley in the 8th
2B - Chris Coghlan 3 (4, Hernandez, Gaudin, Coffey), Hanley Ramirez (2, Hernandez)
3B - John Buck (1, Hernandez)
SF - Gaby Sanchez (1)
SH - Chris Volstad (1)
RBI - Omar Infante (2), Hanley Ramirez (1), Gaby Sanchez (3), John Buck 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (1), John Buck 3 (3)
CS - Omar Infante (1, 3rd base by Gaudin/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Infante-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Hanley Ramirez (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad 5443410 5.40
Brian Sanches (W,1-0) 1000010 0.00
Edward Mujica (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Clay Hensley (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Leo Nunez (S,1) 1100120 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 89-45, Brian Sanches 10-7, Edward Mujica 14-8, Clay Hensley 10-5, Leo Nunez 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 12-4, Brian Sanches 2-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, Clay Hensley 2-0, Leo Nunez 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 25, Brian Sanches 3, Edward Mujica 3, Clay Hensley 3, Leo Nunez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13825
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Bill Welke