Nats top Marlins in opener of doubleheaderAug 4, 2012 - 12:02 AM 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 Park.
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 straight games.
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.
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.
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 to four.
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.
- MIAMI: 4
Aug 3 7:33 PM
- Emilio Bonifacio grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second, scored Brett Hayes. Greg Dobbs out at second. Runner on first with one out and Donovan Solano due up.
Marlins 4, Nationals 7 Top 9, 1 OutAug 3 7:26 PM
- Scott Cousins grounded into a double play, second to first. Brett Hayes out at second. Bryan Petersen advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Emilio Bonifacio due up.
Marlins 3, Nationals 7 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 3 6:27 PM
- John Lannan wild pitch scored Austin Kearns. Justin Ruggiano advances to third. Runner on third with none out and Bryan Petersen at the plate.
Marlins 2, Nationals 7 Top 7, 0 OutsAug 3 6:20 PM
- Mark DeRosa walk scored Jayson Werth on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Jesus Flores due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 7 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 3 5:38 PM
- Tyler Moore infield single to short scored Ryan Zimmerman. On the play, Adam LaRoche advances to second and Jayson Werth advances to third. Bases loaded with two outs and Mark DeRosa due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 6 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 3 5:36 PM
- Adam LaRoche walk scored Danny Espinosa on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Tyler Moore due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 5 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 3 5:30 PM
- Adam LaRoche lead-off Home Run (21) to center. Tyler Moore due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 4 Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 3 5:04 PM
- Mark DeRosa singled to left scored Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. On the play, Tyler Moore advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jesus Flores due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 3 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 3 4:33 PM
- Tyler Moore walked. Bases loaded with two outs and Mark DeRosa due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 3 4:28 PM
- Carlos Lee grounded into a double play, short to second to first scored Emilio Bonifacio. Jose Reyes out at second. Donovan Solano advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Austin Kearns due up.
Marlins 1, Nationals 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 3 4:15 PM
- MIAMI: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 3 4:07 PM
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