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Buehrle's seven strong innings lift Marlins

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MIAMI -- Mark Buehrle outdueled All-Star Gio Gonzalez and pitched the Miami Marlins to a much-needed win over the NL East leaders.

Buehrle (9-8) allowed one run in seven innings as the Marlins beat the Nationals 2-1 Saturday night, ending a three-game losing streak.

"It was a must-win game against the team we are chasing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

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After beating the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez (12-4), the Marlins are nine games out of first place -- with Atlanta and New York in between.

"Going up against this team and Gio with the way he's been throwing the ball all year, you've got to be on top of your game," Buehrle said.

Buehrle won his fourth consecutive start by allowing six hits, striking out seven and walking two.

"I'm still scratching my own head to try to figure out what I'm doing striking all these guys out because it's a lot of guys," Buehrle said. "I try to shoot for 100 every year just to get to triple digits, but it seems like I'm getting there faster than I usually do."

Carlos Lee and John Buck drove in the runs for Miami and Steve Cishek pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his second save, and first since May 25 against San Francisco. It was the first save opportunity for the Marlins after manager Ozzie Guillen announced Heath Bell had been removed from the closer role.

Cishek allowed a two-out single to Roger Bernadina in the ninth and Bernadina stole second, but Jesus Flores struck out to end the game.

"I got ahead with two strikes and I left him a pitch in the middle that he fouled off," Cishek said. "I didn't want to make that mistake again. It would have been crucial. I really tried to get that slider out there and he chased it."

Gonzalez, a Hialeah native, took the loss in his first game in Miami. Gonzalez pitched six innings and allowed two runs. He struck out nine.

"It was great being in front of family and friends," Gonzalez said. "My parents were right behind home plate. The excitement was one of those things you dream about."

"He pitched a jewel in his hometown," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Gonzalez retired the first nine batters -- five on strikeouts -- before Jose Reyes singled up the middle to lead off the fourth. Omar Infante's sacrifice bunt advanced Reyes to second and the recently acquired Lee drove in Reyes with a base hit to right-center field. It was Lee's first RBI as a Marlin in six games.

"Old fashioned National League ball -- they bunt the guy over and then their guys delivered a hit," Johnson said. "That's what wins ballgames."

The Nationals tied it at 1 thanks to some fortune on the basepaths. Buehrle got Ian Desmond leaning off first base and when his pickoff throw went to Lee, Desmond was on his way down to second. Lee's throw hit Desmond in the back and he reached safely.

Two batters later Flores hit a bloop single to score Desmond. Ryan Zimmerman eventually came to bat with the bases loaded, but Buehrle struck him out swinging to get out of the jam.

Buck's RBI single in the fifth gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead.

Buehrle got out of another jam in the seventh as he struck out Danny Espinosa to leave a runner stranded at third.

Notes

  • Flores went 2 for 3 after hitting a two-run single on Friday. He had been hitless in his final 16 at-bats before the All-Star break.
  • Emilio Bonifacio stole second base with a head-first slide in the seventh inning, his first steal attempt since being caught stealing on May 18 when he damaged a ligament on a similar slide causing him to miss 46 games.
  • Prior to the game, former Marlins Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Conine re-enacted Conine's memorable throw to Rodriguez at home plate for the final out of the 2003 NL Division Series against the Giants. The Marlins went on to win their second World Series that year.
  • Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-4, 2.82 ERA) will start Sunday against RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-6, 4.35 ERA). Strasburg will try to snap a three-game losing streak.
 
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The Marlins' Mark Buehrle allows one run and strikes out seven in seven innings to earn his fourth consecutive victory. (Getty Images)
The Marlins' Mark Buehrle allows one run and strikes out seven in seven innings to earn his fourth consecutive victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
Washington

J. Flores
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000023 .232
Bryce Harper, CF3000121 .277
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010013 .250
Michael Morse, RF4000031 .273
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010010 .262
Ian Desmond, SS4110011 .287
Tyler Moore, LF2010100 .315
    Roger Bernadina, PR-LF1010000 .259
Jesus Flores, C3021011 .238
Gio Gonzalez, P1000002 .097
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000001 .128
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
Totals31171211  
a-grounded out for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (17, Buehrle)
SH - Jesus Flores (2), Gio Gonzalez (6)
RBI - Jesus Flores (16)
SB - Ian Desmond (13, 2nd base off Buehrle/Buck), Roger Bernadina (9, 2nd base off Cishek/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Desmond-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (L,12-4) 6522090 2.93
Craig Stammen 2100310 1.66
IBB - H. Ramirez by Craig Stammen
HBP - Buck (by Craig Stammen)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 93-67, Craig Stammen 33-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 5-4, Craig Stammen 2-2
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 23, Craig Stammen 10
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4110001 .264
Omar Infante, 2B3010000 .286
Carlos Lee, 1B3011110 .284
Justin Ruggiano, RF4010033 .382
Hanley Ramirez, 3B3000122 .248
Emilio Bonifacio, CF3110103 .265
Donovan Solano, LF1000010 .300
   a- Scott Cousins, PH-LF1000001 .186
John Buck, C2011010 .181
Mark Buehrle, P2000021 .048
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .299
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals27262310  
a-grounded out for Solano in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Buehrle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Ruggiano (11, G. Gonzalez)
SH - Omar Infante (4), Donovan Solano (2)
RBI - Carlos Lee (30), John Buck (26)
SB - Omar Infante 2 (10, 2nd base off Stammen/Flores, 3rd base off Stammen/Flores), Carlos Lee (2, 2nd base off Stammen/Flores), Emilio Bonifacio (21, 2nd base off Stammen/Flores)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Infante-Reyes-Lee
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (W,9-8) 7611270 3.13
Randy Choate (H,13) 0.1000010 2.31
Steve Cishek (S,2) 1.2100030 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 86-54, Randy Choate 3-3, Steve Cishek 28-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 10-3, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Randy Choate 1, Steve Cishek 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28707
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg