National League Game Summary - Miami at Washington|
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Miami 6 (10 innings)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth tied the game in the bottom of
the ninth inning with a solo homer and pinch-hitter Corey Brown won it in the
10th with an RBI single, as the Washington Nationals rallied past the Miami
The Marlins held a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth when the game
was delayed due to rain. When the contest got back underway over 2 1/2 hours
later, Werth homered off Heath Bell to tie the game.
"Once I got (the count) to 2-2, I figured he wasn't gonna mess around with any
breaking stuff," Werth said. "He's got a good fastball, he likes to work up in
the zone. I got a pitch that was up just enough."
The Nationals won the contest during their next at-bat. Chad Gaudin (3-2) gave
up singles to Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond before intentionally walking Danny
Espinosa to load the bases. LaRoche was thrown out at home when Kurt Suzuki
grounded into a fielder's choice. Brown stepped to the plate and hit a fly
ball to right. Giancarlo Stanton tried to make the catch on the run, but the
ball bounced out of his glove.
"It's frustrating and embarrassing and tired, losing games day in and day out
the way we lose games," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We battle back
all day, wait for three hours and lose a game like that. That doesn't hurt. It
(ticks) you off. You feel like you're wasting a day of your life at the
ballpark, getting paid for."
Jesus Flores, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman also homered for the Nationals,
who bounced back from a 9-7, 10-inning loss in the series opener on Friday.
Ross Detwiler got the start for Washington and was charged with five runs --
three earned -- on seven hits in five innings. Drew Storen (2-1) got the win
after tossing a perfect 10th inning.
Washington took the field Saturday just hours after learning that blossoming
ace Stephen Strasburg will be shut down for the rest of the season. It was
widely known that Strasburg would be shut down some time in September, as the
club had decided to limit his innings in his first full season following Tommy
Gorkys Hernandez and Stanton hit first-inning homers for the Marlins, who had
a two-game winning streak snapped.
Miami starter Mark Buehrle worked seven innings and allowed three runs
on five hits.
The Marlins headed to the eighth with a 6-3 lead.
A.J. Ramos took over for Buehrle to start the inning and hit Harper with a
pitch. Zimmerman followed with a drive into the left field seats for his 20th
homer to make it a one-run game.
Michael Morse singled and LaRoche greeted new pitcher Mike Dunn with a
base hit. Ryan Webb was next on the mound for Miami and he got Desmond to
hit into a force play for the first out, leaving runners on the corners.
Desmond then stole second, but Webb fanned Espinosa and walked Chad
Tracy intentionally before striking out Roger Bernadina to keep the Marlins in
But Miami blew the game following the rain delay.
Hernandez started the game with his second home run of the season and Stanton
made it 2-0 with a two-out blast, his 32nd. Both homers came after borderline
calls that went against Detwiler, and Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was
quickly ejected after jawing at home plate umpire Todd Tichenor from the
The Marlins added a run in the second when Donnie Murphy doubled with one out
and raced home on a two-out single by Donovan Solano, but the Nationals got
one back in the third on Flores' sixth homer and added another in the fourth
on an RBI single by Espinosa. Washington left the bases loaded in the fourth
after Detwiler grounded out.
Solano walked to start the Miami fifth and Carlos Lee drew a two-out free pass
before Justin Ruggiano reached on an error by LaRoche at first base. Solano
scored on the play and John Buck singled home Lee to make it 5-2.
Harper connected for his 18th homer in the bottom of the inning, a blast into
the second deck in right field, but Solano again gave the Marlins a three-run
edge when he scored in the seventh on a two-out error by Zimmerman.
Zimmerman has a 13-game hitting streak ... Buehrle has pitched at least seven
innings 14 times this season ... Miami went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring
position and stranded seven.
09/08 21:15:32 ET