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Nunez leader in saves, scares

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Right-hander Leo Nunez had the day off Sunday after pitching in four of the Marlins' five previous games.

Nunez went into Sunday leading the majors with 14 saves. He notched his 14th straight save Saturday, pitching in and out of trouble again.

He has 3.05 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP and has allowed base runners in all but three of his saves.

"It seems like he feels comfortable going from the stretch," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said with a nervous laugh. "As long as he keeps closing the games, that's fine."

With the score 1-0 Saturday, Nunez walked the first batter in the bottom of the ninth, then gave up a single. He got Adam LaRoche to bounce into a fielder' choice, leaving runners on the corners with one out.

Wilson Ramos popped out to second base and Jerry Hairston lined out to left field for the final out.

Anibal Sanchez, who tossed eight scoreless innings for the win, insisted he wasn't nervous watching Nunez in the ninth inning

"I know he got into a little trouble in the ninth, but he gets the outs," he said.

Nunez wouldn't have had much chance of entering Sunday's game even if he wasn't getting the day off. Washington beat the Marlins 8-4.

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