MIAMI - Marlins pitcher Javier Vazquez came into tonight's game - which he has said will be the last of his career - with a 25-inning scoreless streak. He'd run it to 29 innings tonight, but then he ran into Michael Morse.
The slugger, whose three-run homer won the game for the Nationals on Monday night, hit his third homer in as many days, tying tonight's game in the fifth inning with a solo blast to dead center off Vazquez. The Nationals and Marlins are at one apiece through five.
All three of Morse's homers have been emphatic shots, too; he went deep to right center on an 0-2 pitch at Nationals Park on Sunday, and his blast on Monday was a missile to the upper deck in left field.
John Lannan has thrown 61 pitches in five innings, having given up his only run on a sacrifice fly in the third. Lannan has walked two batters, but has given up just two hits. He also got some help from Jayson Werth, who made a nice running catch in the fifth and doubled off Bryan Petersen after the outfielder was surprised Werth even got to the ball.
It's raining again at Sun Life Stadium, but we're still playing for now. We'll see if the Nationals can pull ahead of the Marlins and get their 80th win.