Nationals Vs. Marlins: Washington Falls In Extra Innings, 3-2

The Nationals fell in extra innings, 3-2, wasting an excellent performance by starter Jason Marquis.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nats Waste Solid Marquis Performance, Lose 3-2 In Ten Innings

The Florida Marlins (2-2) have handed the Washington Nationals (1-3) their first road loss of the season, 3-2, after a Donnie Murphy single drove in the winning run off Sean Burnett in the bottom of the tenth inning. Jayson Werth's error on an Omar Infante pop-up in the tenth did indeed turn out to be the fatal blow, as is often the case.

But despite the loss, the hometown nine have to be happy with the start they received from Jason Marquis. The much beleaguered Nats right hander began his 2011 campaign in excellent fashion, tossing six innings of two run ball, allowing only six hits and zero walks. Marquis' solid pitching performance was matched by Florida right hander Anibal Sanchez, who also allowed only two runs in his 5+ innings, striking out seven against seven hits allowed and three walks.

The Nats offense was provided by a first inning Michael Morse RBI single and a third inning Ryan Zimmerman home run, his first round tripper of the year. Unfortunately, Washington was a woeful one of eight with runners in scoring position, stranding 12 men on base, a major problem for the team in this young season.

Aside from extra inning hero Murphy, Logan Morrison provided offensive support for the Marlins, going two for four and hitting his second home run of the year.

Tomorrow, the Nationals will look to Livan Hernandez to lead them to their first road win of the year. He will face Marlins hard throwing righty Chris Volstad. First pitch is once again 7:10pm, and from the looks of tonight's fan support, good seats are most certainly available.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nats Lead 2-1 Behind Five Solid Jason Marquis Innings

It took only five innings of work, but it's not a stretch to say Jason Marquis' 2011 season has already supplanted his entire 2010 season in Washington. Marquis has allowed just one run on four hits, and most importantly, he has issued no free passes. Florida's Anibal Sanchez has answered with five innings of two run ball, with seven strikeouts.

The Nationals got on the board early, as Michael Morse singled, driving in Ryan Zimmerman. The Z-man has actually scored both Nats runs, as he added his first home run of the year in the third inning to make it 2-1 Washington.

Stud catching prospect Wilson Ramos has added two hits for Jim Riggleman's club, offsetting the empty at-bats of surprise starters Jerry Hairston Jr. and Alex "Stop calling me Joey" Cora.

Logan Morrison has been the lone offensive star for the Marlins so far, going two for two with his second home run of the year. The rest of his teammates have mustered just two hits combined.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Washington Embarks On First Road Trip Of Season

After a day off to ponder an ugly season opening series against the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals (1-2) are taking their talents (a term will will use loosely for now) to South Beach to face the Florida Marlins (1-2) tonight in the first of a three game set, part of a six game road trip that will also see the Nats face the NY Mets at Citi Field.

Jason Marquis, or as I like to call him The Game Changer, will take the mound for the hometown nine in his first start of the year. Marquis had a brutal start to his 2010 campaign with the Nats, getting blasted in three April starts before hitting the disabled list for a large portion of last year's campaign. He finished the season with an abysmal 2-9 record and a career-worst 6.60 ERA.

Marquis will face off against Marlins righthander Anibal Sanchez. In his young career, Sanchez has had much success agains the Nats, compiling a 5-0 record with a 2.28 ERA in 13 starts, including a 2-0 mark and minuscule 1.05 ERA last year against Washington.

Via @washingtonats, your Nationals lineup tonight:

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Looks like skipper Jim Riggleman is batting Jerry Hairston, Jr. leadoff instead of Ian Desmond, he of the 0-13 start to the season, with only one run scored and zero walks. A night off might help Desmond, but he is not alone in his offensive woes. Cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche might want to stop leaving multiple guys on base each game and the Rick Ankiel/Mike Morse outfield duo need to hit better than .111 each.

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