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Vazquez goes nine, Petersen belts walk-off for Marlins

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MIAMI -- Javier Vazquez's career might have ended with teammate Bryan Petersen's walk-off home run.

Vazquez, who's leaning toward retirement, had gone nine innings and was preparing to pitch another Tuesday night when Petersen hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Florida Marlins a 3-2 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Vazquez's franchise-record scoreless streak ended at 29 innings, but he finished with a five-hitter. The right-hander needed only 97 pitches in his 28th career complete game, and second this month.

Petersen joked that he would give his home run ball to Vazquez.

"Any home run I hit is cool for me," Petersen said. "But it's way more special for me to know that I could be a part of that for him. Hopefully that game sticks with him for the rest of his life if it's his last one. An unbelievable pitching performance, and to end it like that? I'm happy for him."

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The 35-year-old Vazquez (13-11) allowed only three runs over his final six starts and won them all. He said the strong finish won't influence his decision about retirement, because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children.

"I've been blessed being in the big leagues for 14 years. I feel it's time," he said. "I'm going to make the decision, hopefully by December."

Vazquez had the highest ERA in the majors at 7.09 in mid-June, then pitched well enough to lower his final figure to 3.77.

"It's fun to go out there and pitch good," he said. "But it's not easy. The way things started for me the first two months, I couldn't say I was going to finish like this."

The game was played with both teams counting down to the offseason, and the Marlins expected to announce the hiring of Ozzie Guillen as manager.

Wednesday's game will be the season finale and the last in the stadium that has been the Marlins' home since their first season in 1993. Next year, they will move into a retractable-roof ballpark in downtown Miami.

Doug Slaten (0-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth before Petersen connected on the first pitch. That was only the fifth hit for Florida.

The walkoff home run was the third for the Marlins this season.

Washington starter John Lannan went six innings and gave up two runs. The loss ended the Nationals' bid for the franchise's first winning season since 2003. They are 79-81 with one game left.

"We went up against a great pitcher who pitched a heck of a ballgame," manager Davey Johnson said.

Michael Morse hit his 31st home run leading off the fifth to end Vazquez's scoreless streak. Morse will likely sit out Wednesday, leaving his final average at .303.

"I feel like I've achieved a lot," he said. "I've put in a lot of hard work and am glad to see it paid off."

Florida tied game at 2 in the sixth when Emilio Bonifacio doubled, stole his 40th base of the season and scored on a wild pitch by Lannan.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the third when Matt Dominguez led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Vazquez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bonifacio.

Washington scored in the sixth on Ian Desmond's RBI single.

Notes

  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman sat out with a sore hamstring, and it's unlikely he will play Wednesday.
  • Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg makes the fifth start of his comeback from elbow surgery Wednesday. He's 0-1 with an ERA of 2.00 in 18 innings.
  • RHP Chris Volstad, who will start for Florida, has an ERA of 2.65 in his past six starts.
 
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Javier Vazquez delivers a masterful five-hit performance in what might be his last outing before retirement.  (Getty Images)
Javier Vazquez delivers a masterful five-hit performance in what might be his last outing before retirement. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Vazquez
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 9
Washington

M. Morse
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS4021000 .253
Roger Bernadina, RF4000011 .243
Jayson Werth, CF4010021 .233
Michael Morse, LF4111021 .303
Danny Espinosa, 2B3000010 .237
Chris Marrero, 1B3000010 .257
Wilson Ramos, C3000010 .267
Stephen Lombardozzi, 3B3110000 .179
John Lannan, P1000010 .088
    Yunesky Maya, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .250
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Totals3025209  
a-flied out for Maya in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Lombardozzi (1, Vazquez)
HR - Michael Morse (31, Vazquez)
SH - John Lannan (5)
RBI - Ian Desmond (47), Michael Morse (95)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
DP - Werth-Espinosa-Marrero
PB - Wilson Ramos (3)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan 6322340 3.70
Yunesky Maya 1000010 5.23
Todd Coffey 1100010 3.62
Doug Slaten (L,0-2) 0.2111011 4.41
HBP - G. Sanchez (by John Lannan)
WP - John Lannan (4)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 89-56, Yunesky Maya 11-8, Todd Coffey 16-9, Doug Slaten 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 6-7, Yunesky Maya 1-1, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 24, Yunesky Maya 3, Todd Coffey 4, Doug Slaten 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS3121010 .298
Omar Infante, 2B3000001 .277
Mike Stanton, RF4010002 .263
Gaby Sanchez, 1B2000112 .264
Logan Morrison, LF3000121 .248
John Buck, C4000023 .227
Bryan Petersen, CF3111110 .262
Matt Dominguez, 3B3110000 .244
Javier Vazquez, P2000000 .179
Totals2735237  
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (26, Lannan), Mike Stanton (30, Lannan), Matt Dominguez (4, Lannan)
HR - Bryan Petersen (2, Slaten)
SF - Emilio Bonifacio (5)
SH - Omar Infante (17), Javier Vazquez (9)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (36), Bryan Petersen (10)
2-OUT RBI - Bryan Petersen (4)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (40, 3rd base off Lannan/Ramos)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Infante-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (W,13-11) 9522091 3.69
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 97-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 11-6
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 31
Game Information
Attendance - 21902
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner