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Bonifacio extends hit streak, Marlins sweep Nats

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WASHINGTON -- After capping a three-game sweep of Washington with a 5-2 win Thursday, the Florida Marlins were probably sorry to be leaving town.

Especially slugger Mike Stanton.

"[The Nationals] ought to trade for him," Marlins manager Jack McKeon joked. "They'd have to give up the Lincoln Memorial."

Stanton homered for the second consecutive game and five Marlins relievers held the Nationals to one run over 5 1/3 innings as Florida won its fifth straight and improved to 14-5 since July 5.

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The homer was Stanton's 24th of the season and fourth in his last six games. He has eight home runs and 14 RBI in 12 career games at Nationals Park dating to 2010.

"I don't know. There's a good backdrop," Stanton said when asked for a reason.

Brian Sanches (4-1), the second Marlins reliever, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

"We're playing good baseball now," McKeon said after his team improved to 52-53. "That's the closest we've been in a long time. But that's our goal, get to .500 and then hopefully we'll roll."

Florida pulled rookie left-hander Brad Hand, who was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville for Thursday's start, after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on three hits, but walked six batters, one intentionally.

"You can't give up baserunners like that," Hand said. "A few of those guys I was missing just outside. I was trying to get ahead in the count and probably pitching too fine."

Jayson Werth had a pair of RBI singles for the Nationals, who have lost five straight and eight of 11. Washington is 9-17 under manager Davey Johnson.

"The last couple nights, I think we just lost focus a little bit, and we need to get back on track," Werth said.

John Lannan (7-7) gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings for Washington.

"That's not typical of John Lannan," Johnson said. "I thought he had good stuff - and he did. But he was just all over the place."

The Marlins led 2-1 when Stanton led off the sixth inning against Lannan and homered to center on a 2-2 pitch. Later in the inning, Emilio Bonifacio singled in a run off Nationals reliever Sean Burnett.

Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 26 games, the second-longest in club history.

"The kid's got confidence because he knows he's going to play every day," McKeon said. "Before, he was in and out of the lineup. When I got there I said, 'You're going to play every day, you're my leadoff guy and here's what I want you to do.' And he's having fun doing it.

"He's really a great kid and he wants to learn," McKeon added. "He loves to play and he's very unselfish. I think everybody on the club's rooting for him."

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead when Bonifacio led off the third inning with a walk and later scored on Logan Morrison's fielder's choice. It was Morrison's 26th RBI this month.

The Nationals tied it in the third. With one out, Danny Espinosa walked, Ryan Zimmerman singled and Michael Morse walked to load the bases. On a 3-0 pitch, Werth hit a blooper down the right-field line that fell just fair beyond the reach of three Marlins, scoring Espinosa.

Zimmerman finished with four hits, matching his career high, and is 13 for 27 in his last six games.

The Marlins went ahead 2-1 in the fourth when Hand laid down a sacrifice bunt with Brett Hayes on first and Mike Cameron on third. Cameron ran down the third-base line part of the way on contact, scoring when Lannan fielded the bunt and threw to first without looking Cameron back.

"I should've looked, but when I have two guys screaming at me, 'Throw one,' I'm going to throw it to first," Lannan said.

McKeon was pleased with Cameron's baserunning.

"That was a smart play by Mike right there when [Lannan] didn't check him," the manager said. "That's good instinct."

Notes

  • Washington RHP Chien-Ming Wang will start Friday against the Mets, his first major league start since July 4, 2009. Wang, who has been recovering from his 2009 shoulder surgery, will be activated from the disabled list. His career record is 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA in 109 games. Johnson said Wang will be limited to 80-90 pitches.
  • Johnson said fifth starter Tom Gorzelanny, whose regular turn would have been Friday, is now the probable starter for Monday's game against the Braves.
  • Florida 1B Gaby Sanchez sat for the third straight game with a tight left hamstring.
  • To make room on the roster for Hand, Florida optioned RHP Jose Ceda to Triple-A New Orleans.
  • In 2002, Luis Castillo set the Marlins record with a 35-game hitting streak.
  • Jonny Gomes batted sixth and played left field in his first action for the Nationals. He went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.
 
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Emilio Bonifacio extends his major league leading hitting streak to 26 games, it is also the second-longest in club history. (AP)
Emilio Bonifacio extends his major league leading hitting streak to 26 games, it is also the second-longest in club history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4121101 .299
Omar Infante, 2B4010103 .266
Logan Morrison, LF5011011 .253
    Dewayne Wise, PR-LF0000000 .191
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010012 .247
Mike Stanton, RF3111011 .257
Mike Cameron, CF2200202 .161
Wes Helms, 1B4000024 .192
Brett Hayes, C3121100 .280
Brad Hand, P1001013 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .200
   a- Bryan Petersen, PH1010000 .255
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .667
    Edward Mujica, P1000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3359556  
a-singled for Sanches in the 6th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (15, Lannan), Brett Hayes (6, Lannan)
HR - Mike Stanton (24, Lannan)
SH - Brad Hand (2)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (17), Logan Morrison (56), Mike Stanton (62), Brett Hayes (13), Brad Hand (1)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (11)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (24, 2nd base off Lannan/Ramos), Dewayne Wise (4, 2nd base off Clippard/Ramos), Mike Cameron (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Ramos)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (5, 2nd base by Clippard/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Infante-H. Ramirez-Helms
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Hand 3.2311630 2.73
Brian Sanches (W,4-1) 1.1100000 3.68
Burke Badenhop (H,2) 1.2111110 4.06
Edward Mujica (H,9) 1100020 3.02
Randy Choate (H,14) 0.2000010 1.27
Leo Nunez 0.2100010 3.40
IBB - Ramos by Brad Hand
HBP - Gomes (by Burke Badenhop)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hand 71-31, Brian Sanches 14-10, Burke Badenhop 33-17, Edward Mujica 35-23, Randy Choate 11-6, Leo Nunez 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hand 4-3, Burke Badenhop 1-3, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Hand 19, Brian Sanches 4, Burke Badenhop 8, Edward Mujica 4, Randy Choate 2, Leo Nunez 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF2000110 .264
   a- Roger Bernadina, PH-CF2000010 .247
Danny Espinosa, 2B4110100 .233
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5140001 .276
Michael Morse, 1B3000223 .310
Jayson Werth, RF4022011 .219
Jonny Gomes, LF3000013 .208
Ian Desmond, SS2000211 .226
Wilson Ramos, C3000112 .236
John Lannan, P1000002 .103
    Sean Burnett, P00000001.000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000001 .266
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Rick Ankiel, PH1000000 .236
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Totals3127278  
a-flied out for Hairston in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Burnett in the 6th
c-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Hand)
SH - John Lannan (3)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (11)
CS - Ian Desmond (5, 3rd base by Sanches/Hayes)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-Morse, Espinosa-Desmond-Morse
E - Danny Espinosa (7, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (L,7-7) 5.2544441 3.63
Sean Burnett 0.1200000 5.11
Henry Rodriguez 2011110 4.26
Tyler Clippard 1200010 1.70
HBP - Stanton (by John Lannan)
WP - Henry Rodriguez (10)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 115-67, Sean Burnett 10-8, Henry Rodriguez 24-12, Tyler Clippard 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 8-4, Sean Burnett 1-0, Henry Rodriguez 3-2
Batters Faced - John Lannan 26, Sean Burnett 3, Henry Rodriguez 7, Tyler Clippard 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24153
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Angel Hernandez