National League Game Summary - Miami at Washington, Game Two
(Friday, August 3rd)
Final Score: Miami 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Josh Johnson tossed 8 2/3 outstanding
innings on Friday, outdueling Gio Gonzalez in the process, as the Miami
Marlins took down the Washington Nationals, 5-2, to earn a split of a
doubleheader at Nationals Park.
Johnson (7-7) threw 76 of his 115 pitches for strikes, allowed two runs and
scattered five hits to go with nine strikeouts and no walks. He also had two
hits at the plate in the victory. Steve Cishek got the last out to record his
sixth save of the season.
Carlos Lee knocked in three runs and Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a pair of
runs scored to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games. Greg Dobbs
added an RBI base hit for the Marlins, who snapped a two-game skid.
Ryan Zimmerman drove in a run for the division-leading Nationals, who took
the opener, 7-4, on the strength of a three-hit game from Adam LaRoche and
a strong performance on the mound from John Lannan.
Gonzalez (13-6) took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits over eight
innings. He fanned 10 and did not issue a walk.
"Gio threw great," said Zimmerman. "Just one of those games where he ran into
a pitcher that threw a little bit better. Unfortunately we just couldn't get
to their guy."
After being limited to just two hits through their first five trips to the
plate, the Marlins broke through against Gonzalez for three runs in the sixth
to take the lead. Johnson started the rally with one down when he got a high
fastball from the Nats lefty and drove it off the wall in right for a single.
After Emilio Bonifacio lined out, Donovan Solano and Reyes ripped consecutive
singles to load the bases with two outs before Lee singled up the middle to
score Johnson and Solano. Dobbs capped the inning with a run-scoring single
into left to put Miami up, 3-1.
Reyes ripped a one-out double in the Miami eighth and hustled all the way
around to score on a routine groundout to shortstop by Lee, extending the lead
Gorkys Hernandez drew a one-out walk in the Marlins' ninth and Johnson ripped
a single into right two batters later to put runners on the corners with two
outs. Bonifacio then came through with a base hit up the middle to bring home
Hernandez for a 5-1 cushion.
Bryce Harper singled leading off the Washington ninth and came around to score
on a solid base hit up the middle by Michael Morse and a throwing error by
Bonifacio. Cishek fanned Danny Espinosa to close it out.
"Even though we won today, it's a very bad day for us, for me," said Marlins
manager Ozzie Guillen about the injury to Bonifacio in the ninth. "Losing Boni
again put us in a very, very tough situation. I think this kid is the glue of
Earlier, Washington took the lead in its first at-bat when Steve Lombardozzi
launched a triple into the left-center field gap and easily trotted home on a
sacrifice fly by Zimmerman.
Bonifacio was removed from the game in the ninth inning with an apparent
injury to his wrist...Johnson improved to 9-1 in his career against
Washington...Morse extended his hitting streak to 12 games...Johnson is the
first Marlins starter to go eight-or-more innings since Carlos Zambrano on May
7 against Houston. It was also his longest outing since going eight innings
against the Pirates on August 18, 2010...Washington went 2-for-10 with runners
in scoring position and left four on base.
08/04 01:09:12 ET
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