National League Game Summary - Washington at Miami|
(Saturday, July 14th)
Final Score: Miami 2, Washington 1
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle threw seven strong innings to win
his fourth consecutive start, and the Marlins held off the Washington
Nationals, 2-1, in the second installment of a four-game series.
Carlos Lee and John Buck had RBI singles in support of Buehrle (9-8), who
allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Steve Cishek recorded the final five outs to get his seconds save of the year.
Roger Bernadina singled with two outs in the ninth and looked to be tagged out
on the helmet by Omar Infante on a steal attempt. Bernadina was called safe,
but Jesus Flores fanned on an outside pitch to end the game.
"In a game like this, a must-win game, against the team we're chasing, that's
why I tried to give him the opportunity to pitch back into the closer
situation. I have to put my best option there," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen
said of Cishek.
Gio Gonzalez (12-4), who was born and raised in nearby Hialeah, gave up five
hits and the two runs while fanning nine over six innings. His four-start
winning streak was broken.
Miami snapped a three-game skid, while the NL East-leading Nationals failed
to gain momentum after a 5-1 win Friday night.
"We just didn't get the hit when we needed it," Nationals manager Davey
Johnson said. "It was old fashioned National League ball."
Jose Reyes singled to start the bottom of the fourth and moved to second on a
bunt before coming home on Lee's sinking line drive to right-center field.
The Nationals tied the game the following innings when Flores singled to left
to drive in Ian Desmond. They loaded the bases later in the fifth, but Ryan
Zimmerman struck out to end the frame.
The Marlins played small ball again to go in front in the bottom of the
inning. Emilio Bonifacio legged out an infield hit, went to second on Donovan
Solano's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Buck's line single to right-center.
Bernadina, who came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh, was left at third
when Danny Espinosa struck out.
Buehrle has recorded seven-or-more strikeouts in four consecutive starts for
the first time in his career...Washington went 1-for-10 with runners in
scoring position...Miami has won four of the last five meetings.
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