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Nationals 5, Marlins 3 (11)

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Jayson Werth slid into third base with a home run, while Adam LaRoche chose a more traditional trot.

The two newcomers hit their first home runs Thursday for the Washington Nationals, who salvaged the final game of a three-game series by beating Florida 5-3.

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LaRoche snapped a slump with a two-run homer in the 11th. Werth hit his first home run since signing a $126 million, seven-year contract to join the Nationals, but he went headfirst into third because he thought the ball was still in play.

LaRoche was 3 for 23 with one RBI before he hit his first home run of the year off Edward Mujica (1-1). That ended a streak of 12 2/3 scoreless innings for Florida's bullpen in the series.

Despite a .167 average, LaRoche said he has been making good contact.

"I don't know what I'm hitting. It doesn't feel bad at all," he said. "I think that's because I'm hitting some balls hard. I guess the only safe place to hit it right now is in the seats, it feels like."

The Marlins gave up two unearned runs, struck out 12 times and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

"We had chances to score more runs but we didn't come through," manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Washington snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses against Florida dating to July 17. The Nationals improved to 12-33 versus the Marlins since mid-2006.

Four Washington relievers combined to pitch six scoreless innings.

"That's what we're capable of," said Tyler Clippard, who went two innings. "There are a lot of good arms down there. That's what you're going to see all year."

Todd Coffey (1-0), who was ejected from Wednesday's game for arguing about ball-strike calls, pitched a perfect 10th. Sean Burnett, extending a streak of 21 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 26, pitched the 11th for his second save in as many chances.

Ryan Zimmerman reached on an infield single with one out in the 11th, and LaRoche followed with a home run. That gave the Nationals the victory even though they went only 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They're are batting .140 in those situations and have scored 19 runs in six games.

"Things that could go wrong have been going wrong," manager Jim Riggleman said. "Tonight a couple of things fell for us the right way."

Throwing errors by Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez and catcher John Buck led to a pair of unearned runs for Washington. The Marlins said improving their perennially shaky defense was a priority this season, but they've allowed eight unearned runs in six games.

The misplays forced ace Josh Johnson to throw extra pitches, and he departed after six innings. Johnson gave up three runs, one earned.

"J.J. was throwing a great game," Rodriguez said. "He was outstanding, but we didn't play defense for him."

Johnson retired the first 10 batters before giving up a bizarre hit: Werth slid headfirst into third base with a home run. The hit landed on top of the right-field wall, and Werth was unaware it had been ruled a homer until he reached third.

"I'm sure he'll hear about it," LaRoche said. "I didn't know it was gone. Obviously he didn't either."

The call stood after a replay review, the second in as many nights for the umpire crew. A similar drive by Florida's John Buck was ruled a triple rather than a homer Wednesday, and that call also was upheld.

The Marlins' first two batters scored before John Lannan settled down. He allowed three runs in five-plus innings.

"My goal was to keep the team in the game, and I did that," he said.

Announced attendance was 10,696, but the actual crowd totaled less than 5,000, creating an atmosphere so subdued that plate umpire Jeff Nelson could be heard from the skybox level during an angry exchange in the fifth inning.

"That's enough," Nelson shouted, pointing toward the Washington dugout. "That's enough."

The Nationals groused about ball-strike calls after Wednesday's loss.

Notes

  • RF Mike Stanton, who missed his fifth consecutive start with a strained left hamstring, struck out pinch hitting in the ninth. The Marlins are hoping he'll rejoin the lineup sometime this weekend at Houston.
  • Nationals LF Michael Morse, off to a 2-for-18 start, was held out of the lineup and grounded out as a pinch hitter.
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

A. LaRoche
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS5120011 .261
Jayson Werth, RF4111111 .273
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5121001 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B5112011 .167
Wilson Ramos, C4100110 .357
Rick Ankiel, CF4010010 .158
Danny Espinosa, 2B4011001 .333
Laynce Nix, LF2000011 .143
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-LF1000001 .000
John Lannan, P2000001 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael Morse, PH1000000 .111
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Totals3758536  
a-grounded out for Nix in the 7th
b-grounded out for Clippard in the 8th
c-walked for Storen in the 10th
Batting
HR - Jayson Werth (1, Johnson), Adam LaRoche (1, Mujica)
SH - Rick Ankiel (2), Jerry Hairston Jr. (1)
RBI - Jayson Werth (1), Ryan Zimmerman (4), Adam LaRoche 2 (3), Danny Espinosa (2)
SB - Ian Desmond 2 (2, 3rd base off Johnson/Buck, 2nd base off Webb/Buck)
CS - Danny Espinosa (1, 3rd base by Hensley/Buck)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Laynce Nix (1, Misplayed grounder), Wilson Ramos (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan 5733240 3.60
Tyler Clippard (BS,2) 2100030 0.00
Drew Storen 2000030 1.93
Todd Coffey (W,1-0) 1000010 8.10
Sean Burnett (S,2) 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 90-60, Tyler Clippard 20-17, Drew Storen 19-15, Todd Coffey 10-7, Sean Burnett 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 6-6, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Drew Storen 3-0, Todd Coffey 1-1, Sean Burnett 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Tyler Clippard 6, Drew Storen 6, Todd Coffey 3, Sean Burnett 4
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4100112 .231
Omar Infante, 2B5110002 .208
Hanley Ramirez, SS5021010 .231
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5011011 .360
Logan Morrison, LF5010022 .238
John Buck, C5120011 .296
Wes Helms, 3B4020112 .286
Emilio Bonifacio, RF5001022 .300
Josh Johnson, P2000010 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000011 .500
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Stanton, PH1000010 .333
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals42393212  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 6th
b-struck out for Webb in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (3, Lannan), Wes Helms (1, Lannan)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (2), Gaby Sanchez (4), Emilio Bonifacio (1)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (1, 2nd base by Clippard/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Infante-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez, H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - John Buck (1, Throwing), Hanley Ramirez (3, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson 6431061 2.13
Mike Dunn 1000100 0.00
Ryan Webb 2100100 7.36
Clay Hensley 1100100 0.00
Edward Mujica (L,1-1) 1222001 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 94-62, Mike Dunn 14-6, Ryan Webb 26-15, Clay Hensley 15-7, Edward Mujica 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-6, Mike Dunn 2-1, Ryan Webb 3-2, Clay Hensley 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 22, Mike Dunn 4, Ryan Webb 7, Clay Hensley 4, Edward Mujica 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10696
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Tschida