Nationals 10, Marlins 7

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 04, 2012
Adam LaRoche homered twice, Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot in Washington's six-run eighth inning, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-7 on Saturday night. Combined with Houston's 3-2 win over Atlanta, the Nationals increased their lead over the Braves in the NL East to three games. Washington trailed 6-4 heading into the eighth, but the Nationals tied it on run-scoring singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore against Mike Dunn (0-1). Dunn allowed six runs - all unearned - but his error caused the damage. He dropped Carlos Lee's toss on LaRoche's ground ball with one out. Espinosa, who had committed two errors leading to Miami runs, hit his 10th homer of the season over the bullpen in left field. Bryce Harper followed with his 10th to make it 10-6. Ryan Mattheus (4-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Tyler Clippard allowed a run in the ninth. LaRoche homered twice off Marlins starter Mark Buehrle, giving LaRoche 23 this season. Miami's Jose Reyes had three hits, scored four runs and stole two bases. His 23-game hitting streak is tied with the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano for the longest in the majors this season. Jordan Zimmermann started for Washington and allowed five runs - four earned - and seven hits in five innings. The Marlins broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth. Bryan Petersen led off with a single off Zimmermann, moved to second on Scott Cousins' sacrifice, and scored when Espinosa fielded Reyes' infield single and threw it away. Reyes stole second and scored on Lee's double. Buehrle allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out two. Miami scored an unearned run in the seventh when Reyes led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on an error by Lombardozzi and scored on a squeeze by Donovan Solano. NOTES: The Marlins put 2B Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. He reinjured the thumb on Friday. Miami purchased the contract of INF Nick Green from Triple-A New Orleans. ... Marlins INF Donnie Murphy missed his second game with a strained left hamstring. ... Miami OF Giancarlo Stanton, on the DL after right knee surgery, hit a home run in four at-bats in a rehab game with Class-A Jupiter. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen expects Stanton back when Miami plays in New York on Tuesday. ... Petersen had a season-high three hits. ... The Nationals sent C Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for newly acquired C Kurt Suzuki from Oakland. Suzuki was hitless in three at-bats. ... Washington OF Michael Morse extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-10, 4.90) will pitch for the Marlins on Sunday against RHP Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12).
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