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MIAMI -- Plagued by poor run support this season, Anibal Sanchez turned really stingy Tuesday.
The right-hander allowed only an unearned run in seven innings to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-1 to break the franchise record for victories in a month.
The Marlins are 20-8 since May 1, best in the majors.
"I want 20 wins every month," manager Ozzie Guillen said. The Marlins climbed six games above .500 for the first time since last June 4.
The Marlins made the most of seven hits, and Sanchez (3-3) snapped a streak of losses in three consecutive starts.
"I felt good today," he said. "I was waiting for the run support."
Sanchez allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out five. He improved to 8-0 against Washington with a 1.97 ERA.
"I know the records," he said. "I know I throw good against them."
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This season he has thrown well against nearly everyone. His ERA is 2.56, and he ranks among the NL leaders with 67 strikeouts.
"He throws strikes and changes speeds," Guillen said. "That's all you have to do."
"We had them in the spot where we should score a run," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "We had the right guys up. It just didn't happen. It's frustrating, but that's baseball."
The Nationals went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and are 1 for 12 in the series. Their only run scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Corey Brown, starting for the first time this season after joining the Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
Edwin Jackson (1-3) allowed only two runs, one earned, in 6 2-3 innings. He's 0-3 in his past eight starts even though his ERA this season is only 3.17.
"You can't do much better than he did," Johnson said.
Miami broke a 1-all tie with an unearned run in the seventh. Chris Coghlan singled and went to third when Jackson made a wild pickoff throw, and Dobbs brought the run home.
"It was a well-pitched ballgame on both parts," Jackson said. "It's who can make the least amount of mistakes, and they capitalized on that mistake."
Ian Desmond, who grounded out on the 10th pitch he saw in his first at-bat, singled for the Nationals' first hit to start the fifth. He stole second and continued to third when the throw was errant. When he broke for home on a 1-1 pitch, Brown laid down a squeeze bunt that left the Marlins without a play at the plate.
Harper tripled with two out in the sixth, but Zimmerman grounded out against Sanchez to end the inning.
"Anibal has been very consistent," Guillen said. "Finally his teammates contributed to give him a win."
|Anibal Sanchez baffles the Nationals as he yields just three hits and one unearned run through seven innings of work. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B-LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.313|
|Bryce Harper, RF-CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.284|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.246|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.282|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.232|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jhonatan Solano, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Corey Brown, LF||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||.000|
|b- Xavier Nady, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.145|
|Carlos Maldonado, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|c- Danny Espinosa, PH-2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.213|
|a-doubled for Burnett in the 9th|
|b-singled for Brown in the 8th|
|c-walked for Bernadina in the 8th|
|2B - Jhonatan Solano (1, Bell)|
|3B - Bryce Harper (4, Sanchez)|
|SH - Corey Brown (1), Carlos Maldonado (1)|
|RBI - Corey Brown (1)|
|SB - Ian Desmond (6, 3rd base off Sanchez/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Rick Ankiel (1, Throwing), Edwin Jackson (1, Throwing)|
|Edwin Jackson (L,1-3)||6.2||5||2||1||3||3||0||3.17|
|IBB - Buck by Sean Burnett|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 94-55, Craig Stammen 7-5, Sean Burnett 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-12, Craig Stammen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 28, Craig Stammen 3, Sean Burnett 4|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.319|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.265|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||0||2||1||1||0||1||.298|
|Logan Morrison, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.236|
|Bryan Petersen, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.186|
|John Buck, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.160|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.141|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.105|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Sanchez in the 7th|
|2B - Omar Infante (12, Jackson), Hanley Ramirez (12, Jackson), Giancarlo Stanton (14, Jackson)|
|HR - Hanley Ramirez (8, Stammen)|
|SF - Greg Dobbs (2)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez (33), Giancarlo Stanton (37), Greg Dobbs (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (18)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (10, 2nd base off Jackson/Maldonado), Giancarlo Stanton (3, 2nd base off Burnett/Maldonado)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Infante-Reyes-Morrison|
|E - John Buck (5, Throwing)|
|Anibal Sanchez (W,3-3)||7||3||1||0||1||5||0||2.57|
|Randy Choate (H,11)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.56|
|Steve Cishek (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||1.23|
|Heath Bell (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||7.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 101-67, Randy Choate 3-3, Steve Cishek 17-7, Heath Bell 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 12-3, Randy Choate 1-0, Steve Cishek 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 24, Randy Choate 2, Steve Cishek 4, Heath Bell 4|
|Attendance - 25969|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|