Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nationals Defeat Marlins 6-4, Clinch Third Place In The NL East

Outfielder Michael Morse hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to put the game in the Nationals hands and keep them riding a franchise tying road winning streak.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Final: Nationals Extend Road Winning Streak To Nine With 6-4 Win Over Marlins

The Washington Nationals defeated the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Monday night, extending their road game winning streak to nine which ties the record for the longest road winning streak in franchise history. The win also puts the Nationals two wins away from finishing for the first time in their history with a above .500 record.

The Nationals and Marlins had kept the game close all through the night, trading runs and leads. Then in the ninth inning Michael Morse stepped to the plate with two men on and the score 4-3 Marlins. Morse jacked an Edward Mujica third-pitch splitter over the wall of Sun Life Stadium for his 30th home run of the year, a three-run blast to give the Nationals the 6-4 lead. Reliever Henry Rodriguez came into the game in the ninth and shut the door on the Fish earning his second save of the season.

Nationals rookie starter Tom Milone lasted only four innings giving up three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.

Earlier in the night, the Nationals and their fans learned that the Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 6-5 allowing the Washington Nationals to clinch third place in the NL East. It is the highest place in the standings the Nationals have ever laid claim to since baseball returned to Washington D.C. in 2005.

Monday's game was delayed an hour due to rain.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Score: Nationals And Marlins Tied 3-3 In Tight Game

The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins are tied 3-3 going into the seventh inning. The Nationals are trying to get a win tonight to clinch third place in the NL East over the New York Mets, but are having trouble pulling away from the Fish.

Amid a night where several Nats have donned new haircuts (Danny Espinosa, Jayson Werth) and others wearing strange pants (Ian Desmond), the Nats first cracked Anibal Sanchez in the third when Rick Ankiel grounded out, but scored Desmond to tie the game 1-1. The Nats lead briefly in the fourth inning when Desmond hit a RBI double to score Wilson Ramos and Desmond scored when Ankiel hit a single that deflected off a Marlins player to make the score 3-2.

The Marlins tied the game up in the fifth after reliever Craig Stammen threw a wild pitch with bases loaded and Vinny Rottino scored to put the game at 3-3.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Washington Looks To Clinch Third Place In NL East

With a three-game sweep of Florida to conclude the season, the Nationals can finish with their first winning record since 2003 when the organization was still in Montreal.

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