WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the final out in a 3-0 victory against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Marlins Vs. Nationals: Nationals Don't Let Marlins Get Away, Reel In Big 4-3 Win

Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero hit two RBIs and Danny Espinosa made a key hit in the fourth that helped determine the game and have the Nationals avoid a three-game sweep.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Avoid Sweep By Hooking Marlins 4-3

You could hear a collective sigh of relief coming out of Washington D.C.

The Washington Nationals held on to beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 at Nationals Park and avoid being swept by their NL East rivals. Starter Chien-Ming Wang got the win while closer Drew Storen earned his 38th save of the season. It finally puts a win in the win column for Washington against Florida who have dominated the hometown Nats in their own park since 2008.

Wang pitched magnificently for the majority of his 10th outing of the season. The only mistake he had mid-game was giving up a solo home run to Gaby Sanchez in the fifth. However in the seventh, with two outs Wang gave up a 2-run home run to Brett Hayes to pull the Marlins within one by the score of 4-3. It was a sour mark on Wang's day. His final line was 6.2 innings, three earned runs on six hits, walking no one and striking out five. Overall, yet another impressive outing for the big Taiwanese right-hander.

With the help of a Bryan Petersen error in the fourth, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was able to score both Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse on a RBI single while getting to second base himself. First baseman Chris Marrero then hit Espinosa in for the run that would end up determining the game on a RBI ground-rule double. Marrero finished the day 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

The Nats are now 72-79 and in third place in the NL East. With Sunday's win the Nats set a single-season most home wins record by winning their 42nd game at home in Nationals Park in 2011. It is the most home wins the Nationals have earned since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005.


Marlins Vs. Nationals Score: Nationals Bite Marlins Brad Hand, Lead 4-1

The Washington Nationals lead the Florida Marlins 4-1 at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon after the Nats took advantage of a Marlins and Brad Hand breakdown in the fourth. The Nationals have been getting decent play from both sides of their game as well.

In the fourth inning, leading 1-0, Washington broke the game open when second baseman Danny Espinosa smacked a ground ball single into center field. Marlins center fielder Ryan Petersen flubbed the pick up however which allowed both Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse to score while Espinosa moved to second. The next batter first baseman Chris Marrero then hit a ground rule double to score Espinosa and make the score 4-0. Marrero is 1-for-1 and with two RBIs as he also hit a run scoring sac fly in the second inning.

Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang has been excellent pitching five innings and giving up only one run on two hits while walking none. His only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Gaby Sanchez in the top of the fifth to make the score 4-1 in the sixth.


Marlins Vs. Nationals: Chien-Ming Wang Sent In To Prevent Sweep At Bats Of Marlins

The Florida Marlins have dominated the Nationals in their own ballpark since 2008. Chien-Ming Wang looks to turn the tides and continue improving in his 10th start of 2011.

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