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Johnson outduels Gonzalez, helps Marlins split doubleheader

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WASHINGTON -- It has been a disappointing season for the Marlins.

They opened a new ballpark in downtown Miami to less-than-capacity crowds, their huge expenditures on free agents haven't paid off, and they traded away slumping slugger Hanley Ramirez.

Even when the Marlins win, they don't have much fun.

With Josh Johnson one out away from a complete game, second baseman Emilio Bonifacio reinjured his left thumb on an infield hit, putting a damper on Miami's 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals that gave the Marlins a doubleheader split on Friday night.

Johnson allowed five hits in 8 2/3 innings, Jose Reyes had three hits, and Carlos Lee had three RBI in the Game 2 victory.

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In the first game, Adam LaRoche homered and drove in three runs, Mark DeRosa added three RBI, and John Lannan pitched into the seventh inning as the Nationals beat the Marlins 7-4.

"Even though we won today, it's a very bad day for me," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Bonifacio missed 46 games after thumb surgery in May, and Guillen thinks Bonifacio will miss the remainder of the season.

"I don't think he comes back this year. In my mind, I think he is gone. It's the same hand," Guillen said.

Johnson (7-7), now 9-1 against Washington, fell one out short of his first complete game since April 26, 2010.

He gave up two runs -- one unearned -- struck out nine and didn't walk a batter. He also had two hits.

Steve Cishek struck out the only batter he faced for his sixth save in nine chances.

Johnson was rumored to be available in a trade, but stayed with Miami past the July 31 deadline.

"I go out there for my teammates. I am not trying to prove anything to anyone," Johnson said.

Lee drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth off Gio Gonzalez (13-6) and added a third RBI when Reyes, who led off the eighth with a double, scored from second on Lee's grounder to short.

In the ninth, Michael Morse singled just past second base with two outs. Bonifacio was injured trying to field the ball and flipped it away, allowing Bryce Harper to score the second run.

The Nationals still lead the NL East by two games over Atlanta and 14½ over fourth-place Miami.

"It doesn't matter if they're 20 or 30 games under .500, you have to beat that guy that day. No team is going to roll over and give anybody any easy wins," Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said.

In the sixth, the Marlins scored three runs on five singles. Johnson singled with one out, and with two down, Donovan Solano singled, and Reyes had an infield single. Lee singled to center to score Johnson and Solano, and Greg Dobbs singled to drive in Reyes to make it 3-1.

Gonzalez worked a season-high eight innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter.

Notes

  • Reyes extended his hitting streak to 22 games.
  • The Nationals acquired C Kurt Suzuki from Oakland for minor-league C David Freitas. Current backup Sandy Leon, who caught the second game of the doubleheader, will probably be sent back to Double-A Harrisburg. To make room on the 40-man roster, Washington designated C Carlos Maldonado for assignment.
  • The Marlins called up RHP Chris Hatcher to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader. Hatcher pitched two scoreless innings in the first game.
  • Miami 3B Donnie Murphy left the first game in the seventh inning because of a strained left hamstring and didn't play in the second game.
  • Morse extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • LHP Mark Buehrle (9-10, 3.60) will pitch for the Marlins on Saturday against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 2.28).
 
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Josh Johnson falls one out short of a complete game, allowing two runs and improving to 9-1 against the Nationals.  (Getty Images)
Josh Johnson falls one out short of a complete game, allowing two runs and improving to 9-1 against the Nationals. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

J. Johnson
IP 8.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5011012 .261
    Scott Cousins, LF0000000 .161
Donovan Solano, 3B-2B4110110 .282
Jose Reyes, SS5230003 .284
Carlos Lee, 1B4013001 .290
Greg Dobbs, LF-3B4021010 .306
Austin Kearns, RF3000023 .235
   a- Bryan Petersen, PH-RF1000000 .169
Gorkys Hernandez, CF3100120 .061
John Buck, C4010011 .173
Josh Johnson, P4120021 .088
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals375115210  
a-fouled out for Kearns in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (25, G. Gonzalez), John Buck (10, G. Gonzalez)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (11), Carlos Lee 3 (46), Greg Dobbs (24)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (4), Carlos Lee 2 (16), Greg Dobbs (12)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (30, 2nd base off Stammen/Leon)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Throwing), Jose Reyes (13, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson (W,7-7) 8.2521090 3.85
Steve Cishek (S,6) 0.1000010 1.81
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 115-77, Steve Cishek 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-12
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 32, Steve Cishek 1
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4110020 .262
Bryce Harper, RF4110011 .258
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3001001 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000011 .273
Michael Morse, LF4020000 .304
Danny Espinosa, SS4000033 .239
Roger Bernadina, CF3010001 .276
Sandy Leon, C3000032 .250
Gio Gonzalez, P2000002 .103
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .264
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
Totals32251010  
a-grounded out for G. Gonzalez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Morse (11, Johnson)
3B - Stephen Lombardozzi (2, Johnson)
SF - Ryan Zimmerman (2)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (56)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (L,13-6) 89440100 3.34
Craig Stammen 1211200 2.29
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 101-76, Craig Stammen 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 6-7
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 32, Craig Stammen 7
Game Information
Attendance - 32334
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Toby Basner