National League Game Summary - Miami at Washington|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Washington 3, Miami 2 (10 innings)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Wilson Ramos scored the winning run on Ian
Desmond's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Washington
Nationals overcame Brad Lidge's second blown save of the season to edge the
Miami Marlins, 3-2.
Ramos singled off Edward Mujica (0-1) to the begin the 10th and Adam LaRoche
followed with a grounder to first. Gaby Sanchez fielded the ball, spun and
fired to second base. The high throw deflected off the glove of a leaping Jose
Reyes, allowing Ramos to advance to third before he scored on Desmond's fly
ball to center field.
Desmond and Jayson Werth both homered off Miami starter Anibal Sanchez, who
struck out eight over seven innings.
The Marlins tied it in the ninth against Lidge when Logan Morrison followed a
leadoff walk by Hanley Ramirez with a home run to the upper deck seats in
right field. It was just the third home run surrendered by Washington pitchers
Lidge walked two more batters before pinch-hitter Omar Infante grounded into a
fielder's choice to end the inning.
Washington manager Davey Johnson liked how his team didn't panic after the
Marlins tied the game.
"It shows the character of this ball club. There was no letdown," Johnson
Stephen Strasburg scattered four hits, walked one and fanned six in six
frames. Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) tossed a flawless 10th to earn the win, the 12th
in the Nationals' first 16 games of 2012.
Miami had a four-game winning streak snapped with Friday's 2-0 setback in the
opener of this three-game set.
"We're facing a pretty good pitching staff, you cannot deny that," said Miami
manager Ozzie Guillen. "Hopefully, tomorrow we'll swing the bats better."
Reyes doubled to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on a sacrifice
bunt. Strasburg escaped the jam by retiring Ramirez on a 4-3 grounder and
Morrison on a fly ball to left.
The Marlins put two men on base in the sixth, but Morrison grounded out to
short to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Desmond crushed a 2-0 pitch to deep left field.
Werth then led off the seventh with his first home run of the year, a blast
that landed in the front row of the left-field seats.
Strasburg lowered his earned run average to 1.08. He has given up a total of
three runs over 25 innings this season...Nationals third baseman Ryan
Zimmerman was a late scratch due to mild right shoulder inflammation. He is
listed as day-to-day...Miami finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring
04/21 19:13:14 ET