Tom Gorzelanny pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Nationals beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 Saturday night. Washington can sweep the three-game series by taking the finale, which will air Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on MASN2/MASN2 HD.
Gorzelanny (2-2) , who worked eight shutout innings in a victory over the Giants on Monday, walked four and struck out six. One of the hits the lefty allowed was a two-run, game-tying homer by John Buck in the second inning.
The Nationals went up 2-0 in the first, stringing together four consecutive singles to start the game. Base hits by Roger Bernadina, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth were followed by Adam LaRoche’s two-run liner to center.
Desmond tripled with one down in the fifth and scored on Werth’s sacrifice fly for a 3-2 Washington lead.
Washington got an insurance run in the ninth when Jerry Hairston Jr. scored on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ grounder under the glove of third baseman Wes Helms. Helms, charged with an error for not catching the sharply hit grounder, was ruled to have interfered with Hairston by making contact with him between second and third bases, a collision that drew him a second error on the play. After loading the bases later in the inning, Desmond’s sacrifice fly made it 5-2.
Bernadina, Desmond and Hairston had two hits apiece for the Nationals.
Drew Storen worked the ninth for his seventh save in as many tries.