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Florida at Washington

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Marlins 1, Nationals 0

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WASHINGTON -- Anibal Sanchez has never lost to the Washington Nationals.

That didn't change Saturday despite minimal run support.

The Florida Marlins pitcher took advantage of Mike Stanton's long home run by keeping Washington off the scoreboard, going eight sharp innings for a 1-0 victory.

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"It's a matter of a mindset or comfort zone," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Sanchez has allowed only five hits over 15 innings in his last two starts against the Nationals, and is 7-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his career against them.

In his previous start last week, Sanchez (3-1) held Washington hitless until the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 11. This time he allowed only a second-inning single to Laynce Nix before retiring 14 straight batters.

He gave up a leadoff double to Jayson Werth and two-out walk to Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning, then allowed a two-out single by Roger Bernadina in the eighth, but never allowed one of the runners to come around to score.

Sanchez allwed three hits and walked two while striking out nine.

"They have real aggressive hitters. I just tried to keep it down like always," he said.

Leo Nunez pitched a shaky ninth inning for his major league-leading 14th save. He walked Werth and allowed a base hit to Nix before Adam LaRoche's fielder's choice put runners on the corners. Ramos popped out to second and Jerry Hairston Jr. flied out for the final out.

"Seems like he feels comfortable going from the stretch," Rodriguez said of his closer. "As long as we win the game, that's fine."

The Marlins won their eighth straight in Washington, and Stanton has six home runs in those games. His seventh-inning homer off Livan Hernandez (3-5) was his seventh this season.

"I was ready for him to mix in a fastball, and that's what he did," Stanton said.

Werth's double was just his third hit in 25 at-bats against Sanchez. He's struck out 19 times against him, including twice on Saturday.

"It's an eclectic mix," Werth said. "He's got good stuff. I think everybody knows that. He's a good pitcher. For me personally, sometimes it just doesn't match up. I feel like I'm right on him but I'm not."

Marlins catcher John Buck had a firsthand view of the Nationals' woes.

"When they're swinging and missing and fouling off some of the balls I know I've seen them hit before, in some of their reactions, I can see that they're a little frustrated because they should hit it," Buck said.

Hernandez matched Sanchez for six innings, allowing three hits. Logan Morrison singled with one out in the seventh, but was thrown out trying to steal. He gave up six hits in seven innings in his third straight loss.

Cole Kimball, recalled Saturday from Triple-A Syracuse, pitched a scoreless ninth in his major league debut for the Nationals.

Notes

  • Hernandez has now thrown 3,003 2/3 innings in his career.
  • The Nationals designated RHP Brian Broderick for assignment. Broderick was obtained in the Rule 5 draft from St. Louis in December and was 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 11 appearances. He was the losing pitcher in Friday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to Florida. Kimball made 12 appearances for Syracuse, and didn't allow a run in 13 2/3 innings.
  • Washington SS Ian Desmond did not start because of a sore left quadriceps muscle.
  • Marlins RHP Javier Vazquez, who returned from three days on the bereavement list on Friday, is set to start Sunday, manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
  • Nationals C Wilson Ramos threw out Morrison and Hanley Ramirez on steal attempts. Ramos has nabbed seven of 14 would-be basestealers this season.
  • Washington equaled a franchise-high by playing its ninth straight errorless game.
 
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Mike Stanton rounds third after hitting the Marlins' winning home run vs. the Nationals. (AP)
Mike Stanton rounds third after hitting the Marlins' winning home run vs. the Nationals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4000001 .255
Omar Infante, 2B4000010 .232
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000120 .219
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000030 .331
Logan Morrison, LF4020000 .333
Mike Stanton, RF3111101 .233
Greg Dobbs, 3B4020001 .355
John Buck, C2000101 .226
Anibal Sanchez, P3010014 .067
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3116137  
Batting
2B - Greg Dobbs (5, Hernandez)
HR - Mike Stanton (7, Hernandez)
RBI - Mike Stanton (17)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton (6)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (5, 2nd base by Hernandez/Ramos), Logan Morrison (1, 2nd base by Hernandez/Ramos)
Team LOB - 6
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (W,3-1) 8300290 2.90
Leo Nunez (S,14) 1100100 3.05
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 114-73, Leo Nunez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 11-4, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 29, Leo Nunez 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, CF3010110 .321
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000012 .198
Jayson Werth, RF3010120 .223
Laynce Nix, LF4020011 .313
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000013 .192
    Brian Bixler, PR0000000 .077
Wilson Ramos, C3000112 .267
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4000015 .230
Alex Cora, SS3000000 .215
Livan Hernandez, P2000000 .077
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000010 .100
    Cole Kimball, P0000000 .000
Totals3104039  
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (8, Sanchez)
SB - Laynce Nix (2, 2nd base off Sanchez/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (L,3-5) 7611241 3.92
Doug Slaten 0.1000000 1.93
Henry Rodriguez 0.2000020 1.59
Cole Kimball 1000110 0.00
IBB - Buck by Livan Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 109-68, Doug Slaten 4-3, Henry Rodriguez 8-6, Cole Kimball 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-7, Doug Slaten 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 27, Doug Slaten 1, Henry Rodriguez 2, Cole Kimball 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22497
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert