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Baker homers, drives in 4 in Marlins' 9-6 victory

Sep 5, 2009 - 3:58 AM WASHINGTON(AP) -- John Baker tilted a slugfest in Florida's favor, while Burke Badenhop stopped Washington cold.

Baker homered and matched a career high with four RBIs, Jorge Cantu also connected and the Florida Marlins beat Washington 9-6 Friday night, dealing the Nationals their seventh consecutive loss and officially eliminating them from postseason contention.

"When your starters don't go more than three innings, it's a roll of the dice," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's slow-pitch softball style. They've got a pretty good offensive team and we've got a pretty good offensive team. It's not a good feeling. I'm glad we were on the winning end of it, but it could have easily been the other way around."

Cantu and Hanley Ramirez had two RBIs each in Florida's third straight victory.

"It's good when we have (13) hits and everybody's swinging the bat well at once. That's when we win games," Baker said. "We haven't really ridden any one player besides Hanley for the whole season. When you get multiple hits out of multiple players, it's going to be a good night most of the time."

Badenhop (6-4) allowed one hit over three scoreless innings, part of a stellar effort turned in by the bullpen after starter Sean West was yanked following three ineffective innings.

"He's been like that all season. We've kind of come to expect it from him," Baker said of Badenhop. "It was huge. When the starting pitcher doesn't go deep into the game, you've got to have someone who can and knock out three, four innings for you, and I think he was the player of the game for us today."

The Nationals didn't cash in on the opportunities they had to score once Badenhop entered in the game. Josh Bard stranded eight of the 11 runners the Nationals left on base, leaving the sacks full in the fourth against Badenhop and in the seventh versus Kiko Calero.

"We had a lot of chances. ... We just could not get the big hit," Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "It was a combination of they made their pitches at the right time and the bullpen threw six innings of one-run ball."

Leo Nunez pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 23 tries.

Josh Willingham homered for the Nationals, who equaled their season's longest losing streak.

Florida took a quick 3-0 lead in the first against Garrett Mock, starting in place of Craig Stammen, who was scratched with a sore right elbow. After the game, general manager Mike Rizzo said Stammen would undergo season-ending surgery Sunday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Chris Coghlan extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff single and moved to second on a groundout before scoring on Ramirez's single to left. Cantu followed with his 14th homer, a shot to left off an 0-2 pitch.

In the second, Cameron Maybin tripled off the wall in right-center and scored when Nick Johnson blooped a two-out, opposite-field single to left.

Washington got within 4-2 in the second on Gonzalez's two-run triple.

Baker's two-run homer made it 6-2 in the third. Cantu drew a leadoff walk before Baker lined a pitch into the first row of the left-field stands for his career-high ninth homer and third this season against Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman tripled with two out in the bottom of the inning, then scored on Dunn's bad-hop single past first. Willingham hit Sean West's next pitch over the wall in left for a two-run homer, making it 6-5.

Both starting pitchers departed after three innings. West gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out four. Mock (3-7) allowed six runs on seven hits.

"I wasn't throwing the ball," Mock said. "It's grenade launching."

Baker singled home Ramirez, who had led off the fifth with a double, for a two-run lead. Ramirez's sacrifice fly and Baker's RBI single made it 9-5 in the sixth.

Zimmerman drove in a run with an infield single in the eighth.

NOTES: The outing was West's shortest in 17 career starts. ... The Nationals added LHP Victor Garate to the roster before Friday's game. Garate was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete an Aug. 30 trade for IF Ronnie Belliard. Washington also activated C Jesus Flores from the 15-day disabled list, but he is still strengthening a right shoulder injury and will initially be limited to pinch-hitting duties.






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    N Johnson 1b 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 .298
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    R Pinto p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    L Nunez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
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  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN SCORED ALBERTO GONZALEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON FIRST, P ORR ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 9
    WASHINGTON 6 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A DUNN (.282, 3-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Marlins 9, Nationals 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 4 10:25 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHN BAKER SCORED NICK JOHNSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BAKER ON FIRST, J CANTU ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 9
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.244, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins 9, Nationals 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 4 9:15 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CHRIS COGHLAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N JOHNSON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 8
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.281, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 8, Nationals 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 4 9:13 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHN BAKER SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BAKER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.244, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins 7, Nationals 5  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 4 8:43 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSH WILLINGHAM (22) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF SEAN WEST SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6, WASHINGTON 5
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: E DUKES (.253, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins 6, Nationals 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 8:18 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED RYAN ZIMMERMAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6
    WASHINGTON 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J WILLINGHAM (.284, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 6, Nationals 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 8:18 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOHN BAKER (9) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF GARRETT MOCK SCORED JORGE CANTU.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6, WASHINGTON 2
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.245, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins 6, Nationals 2  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 4 8:01 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ALBERTO GONZALEZ SCORED ELIJAH DUKES AND ADAM
    DUNN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: G MOCK (.059, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Marlins 4, Nationals 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 4 7:54 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK JOHNSON SCORED CAMERON MAYBIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N JOHNSON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.358, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - SEAN WEST
    WAS - GARRETT MOCK

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J MAXWELL (.100, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    C GUZMAN (.300, 6 HR, 46 RBI)
    R ZIMMERMAN (.300, 27 HR, 90 RBI)

    Marlins 3, Nationals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 4 7:21 PM