Marlins Vs. Nationals: Washington Falls, 8-0, In Series Finale

The NL East leading Washington Nationals dropped two out of three games to the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park this weekend, but retained a 5.5 game lead over the Braves.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Game Recap: Washington Shutout, 8-0, In Series Finale

The Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals, 8-0, on Sunday at Nationals Park. The Nationals dropped two games in the three-game set. Despite the loss on Sunday, the Nationals remain 5.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East race.

The Marlins got all the runs they would need with a three-run second inning. Miami added two runs in the fourth inning and a single run in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.

Edwin Jackson got the start for the Nationals but was chased after 4 2/3 innings after surrendering six earned runs and two walks on nine hits. Ricky Nolasco pitched a complete game shutout for the Marlins. Nolasco gave up just four hits in nine innings of work.

The Nationals (86-54) will begin their next series against the New York Mets (65-75) on Monday at Citi Field.


Final - 9.9.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Miami Marlins 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 8 14 1
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
WP: Ricky Nolasco (12 - 12)
LP: Edwin Jackson (9 - 10)

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Game Preview: Edwin Jackson Earns Start In Rubber Match

The Washington Nationals evened the weekend series against the Miami Marlins Saturday night on a 10th inning walk-off single from outfielder Corey Brown. With the bases loaded, Brown singled off of Marlins reliever Chad Gaudin, driving in Washington shortstop Ian Desmond for the winning run.

The extra innings were set up by a Jayson Werth solo home run in the bottom of the 9th, which took place after a nearly three-hour rain delay.

Closer Drew Storen (2-1, 3.26 ERA) earned the win for the Nationals, after relieving Tyler Clippard at the top of the 10th.

Sunday, the Nats look to win the series against the Marlins as Edwin Jackson (9-9, 3.63 ERA) will face Miami's Ricky Nolasco (11-12, 4.64 ERA) at 1:35 p.m. in Nationals Park. Nolasco's last outing against Washington on Aug. 28 saw him pitch nine innings of shutout baseball, earning a 5-0 victory against Stephen Strasburg. Jackson, on the other hand, has struggled against the Marlins, going 1-5 all time against Miami with a 6.00 ERA.

The game will be broadcast on MASN 2 HD in the DC area and on FS-F HD in the Miami area.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals Final: Washington Rallies For 7-6 Extra Inning Win Over Miami

After a two and a half hour rain delay in the bottom of the ninth inning with Washington trailing 6-5, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth decided the game must go on, homering off of Miami's Heath Bell to send the game to extra innings, with Washington ultimately winning 7-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning on a Corey Brown single.

A night after Stephen Strasburg struggled against the Marlins, leading to his early shutdown, lefty Ross Detwiler had a subpar outing on the mound for Washington. Detwiler allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings of work, including two home runs in the first inning.

Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche all collected two hits for Washington, with Zimmerman hitting his 20th home run in the eighth inning.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings for Ozzie Guillen's club, allowing five hits and three runs. Giancarlo Stanton and Gaby Hernandez each homered for the Fish, who were once again sabotaged by their bullpen.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Saturday Lineups Announced

The lineups have been released for Saturday's game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. For the Nationals, Jesus Flores is starting at catcher in the place of Kurt Suzuki.

Check out the lineups for both teams:

Nationals

1. Jayson Werth (R) RF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Michael Morse (R) LF
5. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
8. Jesus Flores (R) C
9. Ross Detwiler (R) P

Marlins

1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
2. Donovan Solano (R) 2B
3. Jose Reyes (S) SS
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
6. Justin Ruggiano (R) LF
7. John Buck (R) C
8. Donnie Murphy (R) 3B
9. Mark Buehrle (L) P

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Starting Pitchers

The National League East-leading Washington Nationals will try to avoid a second consecutive loss to the Marlins when they host Miami on Saturday.

The Nationals will look to Ross Detwiler for another solid pitching performance. Detwiler, a former first-round pick, has been a dependable starter all year, posting a 3.15 ERA in 22 starts.

The Marlins' Mark Buehrle will look to rebound from a rough outing on Sunday in which he allowed five earned runs to the Mets. Overall, Buehrle has been solid in his first season with the Fish, managing a 3.73 ERA in 27 starts.

Washington has the best record in baseball and holds a 6.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the East. They seem a lock for their first playoff appearance since 1981, when they were the Montreal Expos.

Saturday's game will begin at 1:05 ET, and can be viewed on MASN.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Falls 9-7 In Extra Innings

The Nationals lost for just the second time in their past 10 games on Friday night, falling 9-7 to the Miami Marlins in 10 innings. Washington erased a four-run deficit in the late innings, but another comeback in the 10th would fall short.

Stephen Strasburg did not have it in his final home outing of the season. The Nationals ace gave up five early runs and lasted just three innings. Giancarlo Stanton would pace the early Marlins rallies, ripping an RBI double in the first and hammering a solo homer in the third.

Trailing 6-2, the Nationals put together a furious rally in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one. As they've done all year, the Nats bats came through with the clutch hits right when they needed them. Back-to-back doubles by Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki pushed the first two runs across. An infield single from Steve Lombardozzi scored Suzuki from second after a throwing error by Donovan Solano. One inning later, Michael Morse would knot things up at 6-6 with his 13th homer of the season -- a bomb to center field.

It appeared the Marlins would cruise to the win in extra innings, jumping on Tyler Clippard in the 10th for 9-6 lead. A two-run Jose Reyes triple was the big hit of the inning. But the Nationals, as always, made things interesting. Adam LaRoche started the bottom half of the inning against Steve Cishek with a double that landed at the base of the wall in right. He'd score one batter later when Morse hit one back up the middle that went off the glove of Cishek and then ricocheted into center field off the second base umpire. Ian Desmond then put the tying runs in scoring position by doubling to the gap in right, but Cishek would bear down and strikeout the side to strand the runners. Espinosa, Roger Bernadina, and Jayson Werth all fanned with the tying run on second base.

The Nationals will come back with Ross Detwiler on Saturday in the second game of the series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg's Final Home Start Stats

Stephen Strasburg's final home start did not go exactly as planned, as the ace's night ended after just three innings of work on Friday night. Davey Johnson opted to pinch hit Corey Brown in the pitcher's spot in the lineup in the bottom of the third, ending Strasburg's rocky outing just an hour into the game.

The hard-throwing righty was knocked out after giving up six hits and five runs across the three innings. He threw 67 pitches, walking three and striking out two. The game started with a walk and it was a struggle from there. Strasburg gave up at least one run in each of the three innings he pitched. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton did much of the damage, ripping an RBI double in the first and then going the other way with it for a homer in his next at-bat in the third.

Zach Duke came on for his first appearance as a National in the top of the fourth to replace Strasburg, who had an up-and-down past month. Friday night was certainly a dip, but it's an end to a magnificent home season.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Lineups For Stephen Strasburg's Final Home Start

The Washington Nationals (85-52) have released their lineup for Friday's game against the Miami Marlins (61-77) at Nationals Park. The Marlins lineup is also out.

Stephen Strasburg (15-6, 2.94 ERA) will be on the hill for the Nats in his final home appearance of the 2012 season. He is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA in his four career starts against the Marlins. Strasburg is expected to pitch in one more game this season, a road contest against the New York Mets next week. Strasberg will pitch opposite Marlins starter, Jacob Turner (1-3, 7.33 ERA).

Nationals

Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Stephen Strasburg RHP

Marlins

Bryan Petersen LF
Justin Ruggiano CF
Jose Reyes SS
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Carlos Lee 1B
Greg Dobbs 3B
Donovan Solano 2B
Rob Brantly C
Jacob Turner P

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg Makes Final Home Start Of 2012 Friday

The Nationals phenom will say goodbye to Washington crowds tonight.

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