Update: The game headed to extra innings, but it didn’t take long for the Nationals to respond. With runners on second and third in the top of the 10th, Adam LaRoche hit a sacrifice fly to center field, good enough to score Jayson Werth from third. The run would be enough for Drew Storen and Sean Burnett, who took care of the Marlins in the bottom half of the inning. Nationals win, 3-2.
The Nationals’ Jerry Hairston Jr. is off to a good start against the Marlins Ricky Nolasco with a double, single and RBI in two at-bats.
Hairston’s second inning RBI double gave the Nats a 1-0 lead.
Jayson Werth had an outstanding at-bat in the third, coaxing seven pitches out of Nolasco and a base on balls. Werth was patient against Nolasco’s slider and outlasted him for the walk.
Adam LaRoche led off the fourth inning by reaching on an Omar Infante error. Ivan Rodriguez ground out got LaRoche to second. Hairston’s key single put LaRoche on third.
Ian Desmond managed a sacrifice fly RBI to give the Nats a 2-0 advantage.
Jordan Zimmermann is doing quite well against this Florida lineup, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and one walk through four full.
In the fifth, however, the Marlins got on the board. Greg Dobbs singled and then John Buck doubled. With Dobbs at third, a sac fly RBI from Infante plated Florida’s first run of the night, 2-1 Nationals.
Another big play for the Nats in the inning when Buck tried to steal home and was gunned down on a run down throw from Alex Cora to Pudge, preserving the Nats slim advantage.
The Marlins got to Zimmermann again in the sixth on key hits by Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez to tie the game at two. Adam LaRoche got the Nats out of the inning with a sweet unassisted double play.