MIAMI (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez had been hitting the ball hard all series with not a lot to show for it.
The Marlins star was rewarded in the series finale against the Washington Nationals, smacking a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win Monday night to split the four-game series.
"I think I have been hitting balls hard just right to people," Ramirez said. "It's nothing I can control. At the end of the day, it's that W.' It's why we are here."
Ramirez's homer off of Edwin Jackson (5-7) broke a 2-all tie in the third inning.
"The home run by Hanley was big," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It was huge to take that lead."
Carlos Lee also drove in two runs and Emilio Bonifacio laid down a successful squeeze bunt to drive in the other run.
Carlos Zambrano (5-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, and snapped a four-game losing streak.
"That's the way we're supposed to play and know how to play," Zambrano said. "The game today was outstanding...