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Bench-clearing brawl as Marlins beat Nationals

Sep 2, 2010 - 3:52 AM MIAMI(AP) -- Nyjer Morgan once again found himself in the middle of trouble.

The speedy Washington leadoff man charged the mound after a pitch sailed behind him Wednesday night, triggering a bench-clearing brawl during the Florida Marlins' 16-10 win over the Nationals.

"There's nothing good I can say about someone who doesn't play the game the right way and doesn't respect the integrity of the game," said Wes Helms, who drove in five runs for Florida. "We had to show we weren't going to put up with how he was treating us."

Morgan, recently suspended and criticized by his own manager for questionable acts on the field, left Florida catcher Brett Hayes with a separated shoulder Tuesday night after a home plate collision in the 10th inning.

Chris Volstad (9-9) hit Morgan with a pitch in the fourth inning this time. Morgan then stole two bases with his Nationals trailing 14-3.

"It's only the fourth inning, there's still a lot of game left," Morgan said. "If they are going to hold me on, I'm going to roll out."

Volstad threw his first pitch of the sixth behind Morgan, setting off a wild scene. Morgan took a big swing that appeared to graze Volstad's face - Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez clothes-lined Morgan, knocking off his batting helmet and sending him to the ground.

"I thought it was over after (the fourth inning), but once I saw the ball go right behind me, it's time to go," Morgan said "Once is good enough, but twice, no, it's time to go."

And go he went.

"I saw him running out. Obviously he's not coming out there to talk," said Volstad, who had an abrasion on his right cheek as a result of the melee."

"I was just trying to defend myself and not get hurt. Gaby had my back, the whole team had my back," he said.

The teams piled up, and managers Jim Riggleman of the Nationals and Edwin Rodriguez of the Marlins jawed at each other.

"My feeling has always been if you hit somebody, then you did what you set out to do. Now if he decides to run on you, that's his business," Riggleman said about Morgan's steals. "I got no problem with that and we decide when we run. The Florida Marlins will not decide when we run, we decide when we run."

Morgan, Volstad, Rodriguez and Marlins pitcher Jose Veras were ejected. Morgan was loudly booed when he raised his arms as he was escorted off the field.

Morgan is currently appealing a seven-game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan in the stands in Philadelphia on Aug. 21.

Last Saturday night, Morgan collided with St. Louis catcher Bryan Anderson, who had stepped a foot or two in front of the plate. Riggleman later called Morgan's actions "unprofessional."

"I have nothing to say about Morgan - that's their problem," Rodriguez said.

Washington reliever Doug Slaten and Riggleman were ejected after Sanchez was hit with a pitch with two outs in the seventh. Four batters were hit overall.

"They made the decision to throw at Nyjer - they did and then the question is do we throw at them," Riggleman said. "I got some of my veteran players together and said, 'It's your ballclub, if you want someone getting thrown at, I'll order it right now,' and everybody said, 'No, it's over.' That being the case, when they threw at him a second time, then it's not over."

Helms had three hits in the Marlins' highest-scoring game since scoring 17 against Colorado on July 4, 2008. Mike Stanton, Brad Davis and Cameron Maybin homered for Florida.

Logan Morrison and Hanley Ramirez each scored three times through the first three innings as the Marlins took a 14-3 lead. Florida scored five runs in the first, five more in the second and four times in the third.

Scott Olsen (3-8) lasted just 1 2-3 innings while losing his sixth straight start. He allowed nine runs and eight hits.

Craig Stammen relieved Olsen and was greeted by Stanton's 15th home run.

Morgan scored on Ian Desmond's short sacrifice fly in the fourth. Second baseman Donnie Murphy fell to the ground after catching the ball in short right-center and left the game with a dislocated right wrist.

Davis led off the Florida fourth with his first career home run.

NOTES: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman (right hip) was not in the lineup. "He's a little tender," said Riggleman, who added Thursday's off-day will give Zimmerman a two-day rest. ... Morgan's two steals increased his season total to 33. ... Marlins 2B Dan Uggla (right groin strain) was not in the lineup for the third straight game. ... LHP Andrew Miller will start in place of Ricky Nolasco on Friday against Atlanta. Nolasco (torn medial meniscus) likely is done for the season.






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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CAMERON MAYBIN (7) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF DOUG SLATEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 10, FLORIDA 16
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: L MORRISON (.296, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Nationals 10, Marlins 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 1 9:50 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLIE HARRIS SCORED JUSTIN MAXWELL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, W HARRIS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 10
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: I DESMOND (.282, 3-FOR-3, SF, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 10, Marlins 15  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 1 9:39 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: W Harris pinch-hitting for M Batista.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MAXWELL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 9
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W HARRIS (.187, 7 HR, 27 RBI)

    Nationals 9, Marlins 15  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 1 9:38 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DANNY ESPINOSA SCORED IAN DESMOND
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D ESPINOSA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 8
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: M MORSE (.306, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Nationals 8, Marlins 15  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 1 9:19 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ROGER BERNADINA SCORED KEVIN MENCH
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I DESMOND ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 7
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: D ESPINOSA (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals 7, Marlins 15  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 1 9:17 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: K Mench pinch-hitting for N Morgan.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, J MAXWELL ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 5
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: K MENCH (.077, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals 5, Marlins 15  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 1 9:15 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NYJER MORGAN SCORED JUSTIN MAXWELL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MORGAN ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 6
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: I DESMOND (.280, 2-FOR-2, SF, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 6, Marlins 15  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 1 9:13 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM KENNEDY SCORED ADAM DUNN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A KENNEDY ON FIRST, M MORSE ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 5
    FLORIDA 15 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A GONZALEZ (.289, 1-FOR-1, HBP)

    Nationals 5, Marlins 15  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 1 8:49 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRAD DAVIS (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF CRAIG STAMMEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4, FLORIDA 15
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C VOLSTAD (.098, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals 4, Marlins 15  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 1 8:39 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY IAN DESMOND SCORED NYJER MORGAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 4
    FLORIDA 14 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R BERNADINA (.269, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals 4, Marlins 14  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 1 8:35 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ALBERTO GONZALEZ ALLOWED DONNIE MURPHY TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, W HELMS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 14 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M STANTON (.238, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 14  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 1 8:28 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DONNIE MURPHY SCORED GABY SANCHEZ
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 13 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: W HELMS (.238, 2-FOR-2, 4 RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 13  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 1 8:26 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GABY SANCHEZ SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ AND LOGAN
    MORRISON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G SANCHEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 12 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D MURPHY (.302, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 12  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 1 8:24 PM
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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE STANTON (15) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF CRAIG STAMMEN SCORED WES HELMS.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3, FLORIDA 10
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: B DAVIS (.286, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 10  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 1 8:02 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WES HELMS SCORED GABY SANCHEZ AND HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W HELMS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 8 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M STANTON (.235, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 1 7:59 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DONNIE MURPHY SCORED LOGAN MORRISON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SANCHEZ ON SECOND, H RAMIREZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 6 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: W HELMS (.234, 1-FOR-1, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 6  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 1 7:58 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IAN DESMOND SCORED WIL NIEVES
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I DESMOND ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 5 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R BERNADINA (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 5  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 1 7:46 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NYJER MORGAN SCORED ALBERTO GONZALEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W NIEVES ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    FLORIDA 5 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: I DESMOND (.278, 1-FOR-1)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 5  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 1 7:46 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRAD DAVIS SCORED WES HELMS
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B DAVIS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 5 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C VOLSTAD (.103, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 5  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 1 7:36 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY WES HELMS SCORED DONNIE MURPHY AND HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, W HELMS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 4 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M STANTON (.236, 14 HR, 39 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 1 7:31 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DONNIE MURPHY SCORED LOGAN MORRISON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, H RAMIREZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: W HELMS (.230, 4 HR, 26 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 1 7:29 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CAMERON MAYBIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, L MORRISON ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: G SANCHEZ (.285, 16 HR, 70 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 1 7:26 PM


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    FLORIDA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: WAS - SCOTT OLSEN
    FLA - CHRIS VOLSTAD

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C MAYBIN (.236, 6 HR, 22 RBI)
    L MORRISON (.287, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.299, 19 HR, 68 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 1 7:18 PM