National League Game Summary - Miami at Washington, Game One
(Friday, August 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 7, Miami 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a solo home
run, three RBI and two runs scored on Friday as the Washington Nationals
topped the Miami Marlins, 7-4, in the opener of a doubleheader at Nationals
Mark DeRosa smoked a two-run single and knocked in a run with a bases-loaded
walk, while Tyler Moore contributed an RBI for the Nationals, who have won two
John Lannan (2-0), who was the Nationals Opening Day starter in 2008 and '09,
was called up from Triple-A Syracuse for the start. He allowed three runs on
four hits in six-plus innings with four strikeouts and five walks.
"I just wanted to go out and go as long as I can and help these guys out
because I know it's going to be a long day," Lannan said.
Brett Hayes had an RBI single among his two hits, while Jose Reyes went 2-
for-5 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games for the Marlins,
who have lost four of their last five.
Brad Hand (0-1) was tagged for seven runs on six hits and six walks in 3 2/3
innings in defeat.
"He was a little wild and got behind the hitters," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen
said of Hand's start. "If you are going to pitch in the big leagues you have
to throw strikes."
Miami struck first with a run in its first at-bat. Emilio Bonifacio drew a
leadoff walk, Donovan Solano singled and Reyes reached on a bunt single to
load the bases. Carlos Lee then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play which
allowed Bonifacio to cross the plate.
The Nats, however, came right back with three runs in the home portion of the
inning. Ryan Zimmerman started a two-out rally with a ground-rule double
into right and Jayson Werth walked before LaRoche came through with an RBI
single up the middle. Moore followed with a walk to load the bases and DeRosa
brought home Werth and LaRoche with a single to left.
LaRoche led off the Washington third with a towering shot onto the lawn beyond
center field to extend the lead to 4-1.
Washington put the game out of reach with three more runs in the fourth
inning. Danny Espinosa ripped a one-out double into the left field corner,
Zimmerman was intentionally walked and Werth drew a free pass to load the
bases with two down. LaRoche then drew a walk to force home Espinosa and Moore
plated Zimmerman with an infield single in the hole at short before DeRosa
capped the inning with another bases-loaded walk, extending the lead to 7-1.
Miami cut the deficit to 7-3 in the seventh. Austin Kearns drew a walk to
start the frame and Donnie Murphy ripped a double to put runners on second and
third. Kearns was able to score on a wild pitch by Lannan. Pinch-hitter Bryan
Petersen walked before Hayes plated Ruggiano with a single to cut the margin
In the eighth, Reyes ripped a one-out double before Lee and Kearns walked to
load the bases against Nats reliever Drew Storen. Storen fanned Justin
Ruggiano and went to 1-0 on Petersen before being pulled for Michael Gonzalez,
who came in and whiffed Petersen to keep the lead intact.
Hayes doubled to lead off the ninth and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled, which
signaled the end for Gonzalez. Tyler Clippard came on with runners on the
corners and got Bonifacio to ground into a fielder's choice, which scored
Hayes. The young righty induced groundouts from Solano and Reyes to lock down
his 22nd save of the season.
Murphy left the game in the seventh inning with a left hamstring strain...The
Nationals turned three double plays...Washington outfielders Bryce Harper
and Michael Morse did not play in the first installment of the
twinbill...Earlier on Friday, the Nationals acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from
the Oakland Athletics in exchange for catcher David Freitas...Miami went 3-
for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners.
08/04 01:27:36 ET
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