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Anibal, Gaby Sanchez duo leads Marlins to rout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Fortified by his mother's pancakes, Anibal Sanchez was unhittable for 100 pitches Sunday.

Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 11 to help the Florida Marlins salvage the final game of their series against Washington, 8-0.

The announced crowd of 10,523 included Sanchez's mother, Evelia, visiting from Venezuela.

"She made me breakfast this morning, so that's why I threw a game like that," Sanchez said.

But shouldn't he be the one doing the cooking on Mother's Day?

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"I'm supposed to," he said with a smile, "but I'm the baby."

Washington's first hit came on the 101st pitch from Sanchez, when Laynce Nix led off the seventh with a line single to right, just beyond the reach of a diving Mike Stanton.

Sanchez (2-1) allowed two hits and walked none in seven innings before departing after throwing 117 pitches on a sunny, 86-degree afternoon. Manager Edwin Rodriguez jokingly blamed the conditions for belatedly realizing how well Sanchez was pitching.

"In the sixth inning I didn't know there was a no-hitter going," Rodriguez said. "It took me by surprise. My pitching coach and bench coach let me know. They thought I was kidding, but I didn't know. It was hot out there."

The performance was pivotal for the Marlins (20-13), who broke a three-game losing streak. They're still off to the best start in franchise history heading into a three-game series beginning Monday against NL East leader Philadelphia.

"This sets the tone going into the next series," catcher John Buck said. "We were a little flat, a little stale. For Anibal to step up and do that for the team, that was huge. I definitely feel a lot better now that we played that good game."

Gaby Sanchez, using a pink bat and pink shoes in observance of the holiday, hit a three-run homer, doubled twice, singled and scored three runs.

He ruled out going with pink again Monday.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I'll take those home with me. They did me one day, but tomorrow I'll be wearing my other things."

Greg Dobbs also wielded a pink bat and had two RBI hits to help Florida beat the Nationals for the 13th time in their past 17 meetings.

Michael Morse followed Nix's hit with a one-out single in the seventh, but Sanchez retired the next two batters to end the inning and his afternoon. He received a standing ovation and waved as he walked to the dugout.

Sanchez threw a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006, and he took one into the ninth inning April 22 against Colorado before Dexter Fowler broke it up with none out.

"He's a good pitcher," said Washington's Jerry Hairston, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. "There's a reason why he has thrown a no-hitter before. When you're getting every pitch over for strikes and hitting your spots, it's tough to hit."

Ryan Webb and Burke Badenhop completed a four-hitter. The Nationals, who rank next-to-last in the majors in batting, struck out 38 times in the series.

Livan Hernandez (3-4) allowed six runs in five innings, which was no match for Sanchez. The Marlins right-hander struck out the side in the second and fifth innings, and he retired 12 in a row after hitting Danny Espinosa with a pitch to start the third.

"I'm not a strikeout pitcher, but they took a lot of swings at the ball in the dirt," Sanchez said. He improved to 6-0 with an ERA of 2.16 in 15 career starts against Washington.

Sanchez had plenty of offensive support from a team that scored a total of seven runs during the three-game losing streak. Chris Coghlan ended an 0-for-14 drought, and Hanley Ramirez kept his average from dipping below .190 when he singled home a run in the fifth.

The Marlins took their first lead in the series in the second when Gaby Sanchez doubled and scored on a double by Dobbs. The combination clicked again in the fourth, when Sanchez doubled and Dobbs singled him home.

Sanchez's fifth homer made it 6-0 in the fifth.

Notes

  • Morse was back in the lineup after missing four starts with a sore right knee. RF Jayson Werth, who is 2 for 22 lifetime against Sanchez, was given the day off.
  • Rodriguez dropped Coghlan from leadoff to second for the first time this season, and Emilio Bonifacio moved into the leadoff spot.
  • The Nationals' recent run of fielding gems continued, with left fielder Morse, second baseman Espinosa and shortstop Ian Desmond robbing the Marlins of hits.
  • Florida's best defensive play was by Stanton, who ran into the railing to make a running basket catch of Desmond's long pop foul in the sixth.
 
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Must be the power of pink: Gaby Sanchez has a 4-for-4 day with a home run and three RBI for the Fish.  (US Presswire)
Must be the power of pink: Gaby Sanchez has a 4-for-4 day with a home run and three RBI for the Fish. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

G. Sanchez
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 11
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, CF-RF4000022 .364
Ian Desmond, SS3000021 .217
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Brian Broderick, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000012 .056
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Laynce Nix, RF-CF4010002 .259
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000012 .196
Michael Morse, LF4020010 .241
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4000032 .220
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000023 .214
Danny Espinosa, 2B2010010 .221
Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .091
   b- Alex Cora, PH-SS1000100 .222
Totals31040113  
a-struck out for Broderick in the 8th
b-flied out for Hernandez in the 6th
Batting
SH - Livan Hernandez (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa, Hairston-Espinosa-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (L,3-4) 5866221 4.29
Todd Coffey 1200010 3.38
Brian Broderick 1311120 6.35
Henry Rodriguez 1011320 1.80
WP - Henry Rodriguez 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 86-51, Todd Coffey 17-13, Brian Broderick 22-13, Henry Rodriguez 27-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 9-2, Todd Coffey 1-1, Brian Broderick 1-0, Henry Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 23, Todd Coffey 5, Brian Broderick 7, Henry Rodriguez 6
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, LF5010023 .316
Chris Coghlan, CF3210200 .252
Hanley Ramirez, SS5111014 .195
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4343100 .328
Mike Stanton, RF5011024 .233
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Greg Dobbs, 3B3032100 .359
John Buck, C3000115 .241
Omar Infante, 2B4120014 .242
Anibal Sanchez, P1000002 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Bryan Petersen, PH-RF0100100 .000
Totals33813767  
a-walked for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (9, Broderick), Gaby Sanchez 2 (8, Hernandez, Hernandez), Greg Dobbs (3, Hernandez)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (5, Hernandez)
SH - Anibal Sanchez 2 (4)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (13), Gaby Sanchez 3 (20), Mike Stanton (14), Greg Dobbs 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (5), Gaby Sanchez 3 (11)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (7, 2nd base off Hernandez/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Omar Infante (1, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (W,2-1) 72000110 3.46
Ryan Webb 1100110 3.31
Burke Badenhop 1100010 0.00
HBP - Espinosa (by Anibal Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 117-80, Ryan Webb 22-13, Burke Badenhop 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-5, Ryan Webb 1-1, Burke Badenhop 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 25, Ryan Webb 5, Burke Badenhop 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10523
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom