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Cantu powers Marlins past Nationals with 5 RBIs

Sep 13, 2009 - 4:50 AM MIAMI(AP) -- The Florida Marlins bounced back in powerful fashion a night after losing to the last-place Washington Nationals.

Jorge Cantu doubled, homered and drove in five runs, and Cody Ross also doubled and homered to lead Florida past Washington 11-3 on Saturday night.

Gaby Sanchez added his first career home run for the Marlins, who won for the fourth time in five games - and eighth in 10 - following a 2-hour, 34-minute rain delay at the game's start.

"It was one of those amazing moments," Sanchez said. "I didn't realize what had happened until I stepped on the plate and got into the dugout."

The victory pulled Florida within five games of Philadelphia in the National League East. The teams are scheduled to play six more times.

"It's fun now, looking at the scoreboard," Cantu said, "but it's up to us to keep winning."

Washington's Justin Maxwell hit two solo homers for his first career multihomer game.

Tim Wood (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Anibal Sanchez for his first career win.

Marco Estrada (0-1) pitched 2 1-3 innings in his first career start. He gave up five runs and three hits, walked three and struck out four.

"I went out there and grabbed some rosin bag that was wet and I had slick hands and for some reason I just couldn't get it off," Estrada said. "I'll learn from it, just don't touch wet rosin bags."

Sanchez allowed two runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

"Outhitting somebody and losing is not unusual, but losing by eight or nine runs shows how bad we pitched," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said.

Cantu's three-run homer in the first gave Florida a 3-0 lead.

Chris Coghlan opened with a single before Nick Johnson walked. After Hanley Ramirez struck out looking, Cantu sent Estrada's 2-2 pitch into the seats over the left-center scoreboard.

"Cantu gives you clutch at-bats, and he has 85 RBIs now hitting behind a guy (Ramirez) who's going to have 100," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's not easy."

Washington pulled within 3-1 when Maxwell led off the second with a homer to right. It was his first of the season, and third of his career.

Florida went ahead 5-1 in the third when Cantu doubled home Johnson and Ramirez with one out.

Adam Dunn doubled home Willie Harris in the fifth to make it 5-2. It was Dunn's 99th RBI as he seeks his fifth season with 100 or more RBIs.

Ross and Gaby Sanchez, as a pinch hitter, homered in the sixth to help the Marlins build an 8-2 lead. Ross led off by lining Logan Kensing's 1-1 pitch over the left-field scoreboard. After Brett Carroll singled, Sanchez lined a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats.

Ross' run-scoring double and Carroll's sacrifice fly made it 10-2 in the seventh.

Maxwell hit his second homer off Matt Lindstrom with one out in the eighth.

"I just got a couple good pitches and didn't miss them," Maxwell said.

Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the eighth increased Florida's lead to 11-3.

NOTES: The announced crowd of 38,214 was Florida's third-largest of the season behind 46,427 vs. the Yankees on June 20, and 39,412 vs. the Mets on April 11. ... Washington RF Elijah Dukes (stiff back) was in the original lineup before being replaced by Maxwell. ... Estrada struck out the side looking - Ramirez, John Baker, Dan Uggla - in the first. ... Sanchez, who attended the University of Miami, hit his homer on the school's "family night" at the stadium.






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  • Marlins 11, Nationals 3 - FINAL
    WASHINGTON ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    W Harris cf 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 .228
    I Desmond ss 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 .750
    R Zimmerman 3b 5 0 1 0 0 2 5 .293
    A Dunn 1b 4 0 1 1 0 2 3 .281
    M Morse 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
    J Willingham lf 2 0 0 0 2 2 2 .278
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    Sep 12 11:56 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CHRIS COGHLAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 11 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.282, 2-FOR-3, BB, HR, 5 RBI)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 12 11:42 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUSTIN MAXWELL (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF MATT LINDSTROM.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3, FLORIDA 10
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J BARD (.235, 0-FOR-3)

    Nationals 3, Marlins 10  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 12 11:31 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRETT CARROLL SCORED JOHN BAKER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C ROSS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    FLORIDA 10 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: B DONNELLY (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 12 11:23 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CODY ROSS SCORED JORGE CANTU
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C ROSS ON SECOND, J BAKER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    FLORIDA 9 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: B CARROLL (.265, 1-FOR-3)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 12 11:21 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GABY SANCHEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF LOGAN KENSING SCORED BRETT CARROLL.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2, FLORIDA 8
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.305, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 12 10:54 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CODY ROSS (22) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF LOGAN KENSING.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2, FLORIDA 6
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: B CARROLL (.257, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 12 10:52 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED WILLIE HARRIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    FLORIDA 5 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J WILLINGHAM (.279, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Nationals 2, Marlins 5  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 12 10:23 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE CANTU SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ AND NICK
    JOHNSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CANTU ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 5 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BAKER (.269, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 12 9:50 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUSTIN MAXWELL (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ANIBAL SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1, FLORIDA 3
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J BARD (.238, 4 HR, 27 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Marlins 3  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 12 9:17 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JORGE CANTU (15) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF MARCO ESTRADA SCORED NICK JOHNSON AND
    CHRIS COGHLAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0, FLORIDA 3
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BAKER (.270, 9 HR, 47 RBI)

    Nationals 0, Marlins 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 12 9:10 PM