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Nats find way against Willis to rip Marlins

July 14, 2007|By ANTONIO GONZALEZ

MIAMI - Dmitri Young hit a three-run double to cap Washington's six-run fourth inning, helping the Nationals beat the Florida Marlins 14-10 on Friday night.

Young drove in four runs for the Nationals, who set a season-high for runs and chased Florida starter Dontrelle Willis after 3 2/3 innings. Ronnie Belliard added three hits and Nook Logan scored four runs for Washington, which has won three straight and four of its last six.

Josh Willingham and Alfredo Amezaga each had three-run homers, and Mike Jacobs hit his sixth of the year for the Marlins.

Saul Rivera (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed a run and three hits to pick up the win.

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Willis (7-8) walked three and was erratic throughout, getting booed by the meager home crowd of 11,438 when he walked off after allowing eight hits and eight runs - three earned - in 3 2/3 innings. He's winless in his last eight starts and is 0-5 in eight starts at home since April 23.

Washington batted around in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 11-5, and Austin Kearns put it out of reach with a two-out single in the seventh that gave the Nationals a 13-9 lead.

Brian Schneider singled in Kearns to put Washington ahead 1-0 in the second. Jacobs homered to tie the game, but the Nationals went back on top in the third after Logan tripled to lead off the inning and Belliard singled him home.

Willis walked three-straight batters and committed a throwing error to cap a six-run fourth inning for the Nationals. Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo also allowed two passed balls, and Young later emptied the bases with a double that made it 8-1.

Amezaga hit a three-run homer in the fourth to lead a four-run rally by Florida, and Willingham chased Washington starter Jason Bergmann with a three-run homer in the fifth. Amezaga then closed the gap to 11-9 with a two-out single later in the inning.

Bergmann lasted 4 1-3 innings, surrendering seven hits, five runs and three homers. Bergmann has never received a decision in 10 games against the Marlins.

Notes: Washington's previous season-high in runs was 12 against Cincinnati on May 23. ... Willis' start Friday marked the third time in Marlins history that a pitcher has started opening day and the first game after the All-Star break in the same season. Livan Hernandez started both games in 1998, and Willis did the same last year. ... Schneider took a foul ball from Willingham off his right knee in the fifth inning. Schneider limped around for a few moments but remained in the game.

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