LaRoche's sac fly in 10th lifts Nats over MarlinsMay 7, 2011 - 5:04 AM Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning helped the Washington Nationals take a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins in the opener of a three-game set.
In the 10th with Michael Dunn (2-2) on the mound for Florida, Jayson Werth drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Laynce Nix's double. LaRoche followed with a sac fly to score Werth for a 3-2 advantage.
Drew Storen (2-1), who threw a scoreless ninth, stayed on in the bottom of the 10th and gave up consecutive singles to start the frame that put runners at the corners. After getting Omar Infante to groundout back to the mound and striking out Wes Helms, Storen stepped off the mound for Sean Burnett, who got Chris Coghlan to line out for his fourth save of the season.
Jerry Hairston was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI while Ian Desmond drove in the other run for the Nationals, who were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies in Philadelphia. Jordan Zimmermann went six innings in the start and gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts.
"It was a tough one and it was a big win for us coming off a bad series in Philly," said Storen. "This was a big win for us and hopefully we can build some momentum."
Gaby Sanchez and Infante finished with an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who have dropped three of four. Ricky Nolasco was charged with two runs on six hits and 11 strikeouts over seven innings in the start.
"It was a tough one out there tonight," said Nolasco. "But this team has a lot of character and we'll come back tomorrow and take one from these guys."
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the second as Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-out single and came home to score on a Hairston double to left.
It was a 2-0 game in the fourth on Desmond's sacrifice fly that plated LaRoche.
Florida got on back in the fifth as Greg Dobbs led off with a single, moved to third on a John Buck double and came home on an Infante sacrifice fly.
The Marlins tied the game in the sixth as Sanchez's RBI single to left-center scored Emilio Bonifacio, who worked a one-out walk and moved to third on a Hanley Ramirez single.
Florida took two of three from Washington early in April...Washington left nine men on base...Tom Gorzelanny pitches for Washington on Saturday and will be opposed by Chris Volstad.
- WASHINGTON: 3
May 6 10:36 PM
- Adam LaRoche sacrifice fly out to left scored Jayson Werth with two outs. Runner on second and Ivan Rodriguez due up.
Nationals 3, Marlins 2 Top 10, 2 OutsMay 6 10:15 PM
- Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled to center. Runner on second with none out and Ian Desmond due up.
Nationals 2, Marlins 2 Top 7, 0 OutsMay 6 9:02 PM
- Omar Infante sacrifice fly out to center scored Greg Dobbs with one out. On the play, John Buck advances to third. Runner on third and Ricky Nolasco due up.
Nationals 2, Marlins 1 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 6 8:35 PM
- Jordan Zimmermann struck out swinging to end the inning.
Nationals 2, Marlins 0 Mid 4May 6 8:13 PM
- Jerry Hairston Jr. double to left scored Ivan Rodriguez with two outs. Runner on second and Ian Desmond due up.
Nationals 1, Marlins 0 Top 2, 2 OutsMay 6 7:38 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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