Nationals 7, Marlins 6

Nationals rally, prevail in 10th

Tying HR comes after rain delay

Associated Press / September 9, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Pinch hitter Corey Brown’s single drove in Ian Desmond with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.

After Adam LaRoche singled off Chad Guadin (3-2) to open the inning, Desmond singled him to third and Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked to load the bases. With the infield in, Kurt Suzuki grounded into a fielder’s choice and LaRoche was forced at home, but Brown followed with a bloop single to right.

The Nationals, a major league-best 86-53, began the day with a 6½-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

Drew Storen (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win.

The day at Nationals Park began with the news that Washington ace Stephen Strasburg was being shut down for the season after reaching a management-imposed innings cap.

Nationals fans had to wait out a 2-hour-33-minute rain delay in the ninth before they could receive some good news by way of a victory.

After the long delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run off Heath Bell to tie the score at 6.

Ryan Zimmerman’s 20th homer of the season, a two-run shot to left-center off reliever A.J. Ramos with no outs in the eighth, cut Miami’s lead to 6-5 and Michael Morse and LaRoche followed with singles.

Ryan Webb came in and got Desmond to ground into a fielders’ choice, putting runners on first and third. After Desmond stole second, Espinosa was called out on strikes and Chad Tracy intentionally walked. Webb struck out pinch hitter Roger Bernadina to end the inning.

Miami starter Mark Buehrle allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings and struck out five.

For the second day in a row, the Marlins tagged Washington’s starter early.

Gorkys Hernandez led off with a homer to left-center off Ross Detwiler and two outs later Giancarlo Stanton homered for the second day in a row. It was Stanton’s 32d homer of the season and 10th in 19 career games at Nationals Park.

Donovan Solano made it 3-0 when he singled home Donnie Murphy in the second.

Jesus Flores’s homer to left in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 and the Nationals got to within one in the fourth. Zimmerman led off with a single and scored when Desmond and Espinosa hit back-to-back two-out singles.

Miami scored two unearned runs against Detwiler in the fifth. Solano led off with a walk and, with two outs, Carlos Lee walked. When LaRoche was unable to come up with Justin Rodriguez’s sharp grounder at first, Solano scored on the error and Lee went to third. John Buck’s single scored Lee.

Detwiler gave up five runs, three earned, in five innings.

Bryce Harper’s solo blast into the upper deck in right-center field in the fifth made it 5-3.

The Marlins added a run in the seventh as Solano doubled and scored on Zimmerman’s throwing error on Ruggiano’s grounder.

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