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Stanton, Marlins rally past Nationals

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MIAMI -- At first base, Logan Morrison threw a jubilant fist. In the dugout, Carlos Zambrano shouted "Wooo!"

They were celebrating an inning-ending double play, one of the many little things that helped the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 Monday.

Jose Reyes hustled his way to a run and the Marlins came up with several pivotal defensive plays. Zambrano rebounded from his worst this year to pitch six innings, and struggling closer Heath Bell finished with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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A couple of big swings made a difference, too: Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton homered. As a result, the Marlins beat NL East leader Washington for the first time this season.

"We played well," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It was two good teams. They're in first place for a reason."

The Marlins are gaining ground, though. They improved to 19-8 since May 1, best in the majors, and tied the franchise record for victories in any month. They're 5-9 against the NL East, while Washington fell to 11-4 within the division.

The key double play came in the seventh to preserve the Marlins' 4-3 lead. Stanton tied the game in the sixth with his 11th home run in May, one short of the Marlins' record for a month.

Morrison, whose late father was in the Coast Guard, hit a Memorial Day homer, his third this year. Hanley Ramirez had three hits and a sacrifice fly.

Reliever Edward Mujica got five outs while facing only four batters, and Bell earned his eighth save in 12 chances. Bell, a Marlins newcomer after three All-Star seasons with San Diego, had failed to finish the ninth in his previous two outings.

"It feels really good to go out there and get the job done like I know I can, and show these boys I can do it," he said. "I've just got to keep earning my keep."

Jordan Zimmermann (3-5) hit his first career homer but couldn't hold a 3-1 lead. He gave up four runs in six innings, including both Miami homers.

Zambrano (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings and came away impressed by the Nationals.

"Man, I'll tell you what, I found out why they're in first place," Zambrano said. "Those kids can hit. They're good. The only mistake I made today was to Zimmermann. Otherwise I was in control. I made some good pitches that they hit."

Miami rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the sixth to take the lead. Ramirez singled and Stanton hit his 12th homer of the year, estimated at 412 feet. Morrison doubled and took third on a single by Bryan Petersen, and Chris Coghlan's sacrifice fly put the Marlins ahead.

Morrison tied the score with a leadoff homer in the fourth. He paid tribute to his father, who died in 2010, by pointing upward as he crossed home plate.

"I was definitely getting goose bumps going around the bases," Morrison said. "Giving him the salute was pretty cool."

Zambrano took a 4-3 lead into the seventh but departed after the first two batters reached. Left fielder Coghlan made a difficult running catch of Bryce Harper's fly, and after Mujica entered the game, Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play.

"We had the right guys up," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "We just didn't get it done."

Reyes produced an insurance run in the seventh. He kept running after hitting a blooper to short center and barely beat Rick Ankiel's throw to second for a double.

"I was a little upset at Ankiel," Johnson said. "He's too good of a player to not know that the guy is going to try to stretch that. You can't assume he's not going for two. That put us in a hole right there."

Reyes took third on a groundout to the left side, then scored without a play when Ankiel juggled Ramirez's shallow fly in his haste to throw home.

"That's the baseball I love," Guillen said. "That was a huge run."

Notes

  • Morrison increased his average in day games to .388. He's batting .159 at night.
  • 3B Ramirez, who moved to a new position this season, made only his second error when he threw wildly in the first inning.
  • Miami C John Buck ended an 0-for-26 slump when he singled in the second.
  • RHP Anibal Sanchez, who is scheduled to start Tuesday, is 7-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 18 starts against Washington.
  • Game-time temperature was 78 degrees -- under the retractable roof. Outdoors the heat index was 99.
 
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Giancarlo Stanton connects for a two-run home run in the Marlins' first victory over the Nationals this year.  (Getty Images)
Giancarlo Stanton connects for a two-run home run in the Marlins' first victory over the Nationals this year. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Miami

H. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, LF4130000 .323
Bryce Harper, RF4110003 .286
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4012002 .254
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000112 .289
Ian Desmond, SS4000022 .263
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000021 .213
Rick Ankiel, CF4010010 .238
Carlos Maldonado, C4000022 .000
Jordan Zimmermann, P2111010 .222
   a- Roger Bernadina, PH0000100 .224
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Perry, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Brown, PH1000000 .000
Totals3437329  
a-walked for Zimmermann in the 7th
b-flied out for Perry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Zambrano)
HR - Jordan Zimmermann (1, Zambrano)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (18), Jordan Zimmermann (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ryan Zimmerman (2, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (L,3-5) 6844042 2.80
Henry Rodriguez 1111000 4.95
Ryan Perry 1000000 9.39
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 98-75, Henry Rodriguez 20-13, Ryan Perry 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 9-6, Henry Rodriguez 1-2, Ryan Perry 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 27, Henry Rodriguez 4, Ryan Perry 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4110010 .262
Omar Infante, 2B4000001 .321
Hanley Ramirez, 3B3131000 .259
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4112002 .291
Logan Morrison, 1B4221000 .241
Bryan Petersen, CF4010000 .205
John Buck, C4010012 .164
Chris Coghlan, LF2001010 .133
Carlos Zambrano, P3000013 .105
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3259504  
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (9, Rodriguez), Logan Morrison (5, Zimmermann)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (12, Zimmermann), Logan Morrison (3, Zimmermann)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (2), Chris Coghlan (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (32), Giancarlo Stanton 2 (36), Logan Morrison (14), Chris Coghlan (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Infante-Morrison
E - Hanley Ramirez (2, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano (W,3-3) 6733251 3.00
Dan Jennings (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Edward Mujica (H,8) 1.2000020 4.22
Heath Bell (S,8) 1000020 8.00
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 111-72, Dan Jennings 6-3, Edward Mujica 15-12, Heath Bell 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-7, Edward Mujica 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Dan Jennings 1, Edward Mujica 4, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31528
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce