Mike Stanton's seventh-inning homer ruined a pitcher's duel between Florida's Anibal Sanchez and Washington's Livan Hernandez, and the Marlins beat the Nationals 1-0 Saturday afternoon.
It was the third straight loss for the Nationals, who got a workmanlike seven innings from Hernandez (3-5). The right-hander allowed a run on six hits, walked two and struck out four. His only mistake in a 110-pitch outing was a 2-2 slider that Stanton put over the wall in left-center with two down in the seventh.
Sanchez (3-1) beat the Nationals for the second time in seven days. He yielded three hits, walked two and struck out nine in eight innings. Leo Nunez worked the ninth for his 14th save.
The Nationals' best chance to score came in the seventh, when Jayson Werth led off with a double to center. He got to third on a one-out groundout by Adam LaRoche before Wilson Ramos walked to put runners at the corners. The threat ended when Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded to third on Sanchez's first pitch.
Werth led off the ninth by drawing a walk off Leo Nunez and Laynce Nix shot a single to right. Adam LaRoche hit a slow roller that third baseman Greg Dobbs could only turn into a forceout at second, with LaRoche beating second baseman Omar Infante's relay to first. Wilson Ramos popped to second and Hairston flew to left for the final out.