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Marlins homer three times to blow out Nationals

May 11, 2008 - 4:03 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Florida Marlins just keep rolling along.

Cody Ross, Wes Helms and Dan Uggla all homered Saturday as the Marlins rolled to an 11-0 rout of the Washington Nationals.

Andrew Miller (3-2) yielded two hits and a walk while striking out a career-high seven in seven innings for Florida, which has won a season-high six straight games.

"I thought the name of the game today was Miller," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He was good. He was sharp and gave us seven outstanding innings."

"I felt like I threw the (ball) really well tonight, a few too many balls early in the count, but I felt aggressive," Miller said. "Even when I was behind in the count, I was able to get a good fastball or changeup. Overall, it was a positive start."

It's the most consecutive wins for the Marlins since they won nine in a row from August 20-29, 2006. Florida, which has outscored its opponents, 44-10, during the winning streak, has 22 victories through 36 games, the most in franchise history.

"I think we are pretty good, and all the guys in here think we are pretty good," Miller said. "We are a balanced team, I don't know why people would think less of us."

Ross began the onslaught when he hit the first pitch of the game by Washington starter Michael O'Connor (1-1) into the seats in left for an early advantage. The Marlins tacked on two more runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

"I told Hanley (Ramirez) before the game that I'm going try to do what you do (being aggressive by swinging at the first pitch)," Ross said. "On the first pitch, I got a good pitch to hit and luckily got some good wood on it. I came back in the dugout and he looked at me and I told him, 'I told you so.'"

In a seven-run fourth inning, Helms led off the frame with a shot to left before Uggla capped the scoring with a grand slam off Nationals reliever Joel Hanrahan. Of the 10 batters who came to the plate in the frame, seven of them scored on just four hits.

Uggla, who finished with five RBI, thought he could have gotten more with a little more luck.

"They kept getting on base for me," Uggla said. "I would have loved to get more RBI. It's one of those things where you've got to get greedy in times like that."

O'Connor was charged with nine runs, six hits and six walks with a strikeout in just 3 1/3 innings.

"Not a very pretty outing," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "O'Connor just didn't have it. Just a very poor start."

Meanwhile, Miller was cruising along. The 22-year-old lefthander, who gave up a single and a walk in the first inning, retired 14 in a row before surrendering a one-out base hit to Felipe Lopez in the sixth. It was the fewest hits the 6-6 southpaw has allowed in a start as he matched a career high in innings.

"I feel like I'm pitching more toward my capability," Miller said. "At the beginning of the year, I was giving up a ton of hits, but whatever I'm doing now is working better, that's for sure."

Jeremy Hermida added an RBI single in the eighth to finish the scoring for Florida, which posted its fourth shutout of the season.

Lopez went 2-for-4 for the Nationals, who have lost two straight and four of five.

"This is just one loss," Acta said. "It's not like when we lost eight games in a row."






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    Marlins 11, Nationals 0  FinalMay 11 1:05 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 1 0 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 11 10 1
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - ANDREW MILLER, TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (8TH), MATT LINDSTROM (9TH)
    AND MATT TREANOR
    WAS - MICHAEL O'CONNOR, JOEL HANRAHAN (4TH), MATT CHICO
    (7TH), JON RAUCH (9TH)

    May 10 10:07 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED ROBERT ANDINO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 11
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.338, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Marlins 11, Nationals 0  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 10 9:32 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY DAN UGGLA (9) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JOEL HANRAHAN SCORED JEREMY HERMIDA, HANLEY RAMIREZ AND
    JORGE CANTU.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 10, WASHINGTON 0
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: L GONZALEZ (.278, 0-FOR-2)

    Marlins 10, Nationals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 10 8:28 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JOEL HANRAHAN ALLOWED CODY ROSS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, J HERMIDA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.285, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Marlins 6, Nationals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 10 8:26 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED MATT TREANOR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, C ROSS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 5
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.341, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Marlins 5, Nationals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 10 8:19 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY WES HELMS (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF MICHAEL O'CONNOR.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4, WASHINGTON 0
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M TREANOR (.281, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 4, Nationals 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 10 8:13 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAN UGGLA SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CANTU ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: L GONZALEZ (.282, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 3, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 10 8:01 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY MICHAEL O'CONNOR ALLOWED CODY ROSS TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CANTU ON FIRST, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.269, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins 2, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 10 8:00 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 1 1 2 0
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - ANDREW MILLER
    WAS - MICHAEL O'CONNOR

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: F LOPEZ (.264, 1 HR, 12 RBI)
    C GUZMAN (.310, 3 HR, 16 RBI)
    R ZIMMERMAN (.245, 5 H

    Marlins 1, Nationals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 10 7:20 PM