National League Game Summary - Washington at Miami|
(Tuesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Miami 8, Washington 2
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Adeiny Hechavarria knocked a three-run home run
and the Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals, 8-2, on Tuesday.
Justin Ruggiano had three RBI, Greg Dobbs drove in two runs and Juan Pierre
scored twice and had two stolen bases for the Marlins, who came into the game
having not homered in nine straight games, tying their franchise record set by
the 1993 expansion team.
"I was beginning to think that the home run sculpture out there wasn't plugged
in," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "So I'm glad to see that it's working
and it is definitely plugged in."
Marlins starter Alex Sanabia (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and three
walks over six innings in the victory, only their third in 14 games this
Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi had one RBI apiece for the Nationals, who
saw starter Dan Haren (1-2) struggle, giving up seven runs -- three earned --
in 4 1/3 innings.
"I thought he (Haren) pitched a lot better," said Nationals manager Davey
Johnson. "That one errant, and then he kind of let it seem to lose it a little
bit. We didn't seem to swing the bats too good and it's just one of those
Ruggiano was the first to score for the Marlins. Placido Polanco reached first
with one out in the fourth due to a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman. Dobbs
then singled and Polanco advanced to third before scoring on Ruggiano's base
hit to left. Hechavarria's three-run blast came two batters later and the
Marlins led 4-0.
In the fifth, Dobbs walked with the bases loaded to bring home Sanabia, who
singled to start the frame. Haren was then replaced by Craig Stammen, but he
allowed a double by Ruggiano, scoring Pierre and Polanco for a 7-0 lead.
Washington got on the board in the sixth. Moore doubled into deep right
center, scoring Adam LaRoche, who also hit a double. Next up was Lombardozzi
and he doubled as well, bringing Moore home and cutting the deficit to 7-2.
The Marlins tacked on one more run in the seventh. Pierre had a leadoff single
and stole second base. After Polanco flied out, Pierre stole third with Dobbs
batting. Dobbs then singled to left, easily scoring Pierre.
Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless ninth for the Marlins to end the game.
Polanco scored two runs ... Zimmerman has four errors this season, most in the
league among third basemen ... The Marlins were 6-for-9 with runners in
scoring position ... Giancarlo Stanton (bruised left shoulder) was out for a
fifth straight game.
04/17 00:50:50 ET