Werth's error in 10th helps Marlins beat Nats

April 05, 2011

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Marlins overcame a night of poor clutch hitting Tuesday when Donnie Murphy delivered bases-loaded, two-out single in the 10th inning to beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2.

An error by right fielder Jayson Werth led to the unearned run.

The Marlins came from behind twice but began the 10th inning 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

The Nationals went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Through four games they're batting .121 (4 for 33) in those situations.

Omar Infante reached to start Florida's 10th when Werth dropped a shallow pop fly for an error. Infante advanced on a wild pitch, and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked by Drew Storen (0-1).

After Gaby Sanchez's single loaded the bases, Sean Burnett took the mound for Washington, and Logan Morrison popped out and John Buck struck out. Murphy then singled on an 0-1 pitch.

Edward Mujica (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th and struck out two.

Only a few thousand saw the finish. Marlins attendance has declined by at least 8,000 with each game this season, and Tuesday's crowd was 10,482.

Washington stranded 12 runners and had another thrown out trying to score, while Florida had a baserunner in every inning.

The Marlins' starting lineup was again without cleanup hitter Mike Stanton, sidelined with a strained left hamstring. They've scored nine runs in the three games he has missed.

Stanton pinch-hit in the ninth and walked.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead in the third. Morrison hit his second homer for Florida.

But both teams were awful in RBI situations.

Two Marlins pitchers walked the bases loaded for Washington in the seventh, but Wilson Ramos grounded out to end the inning.

A base-running mistake cost the Nationals a chance to take the lead in the eighth. With Jerry Hairston at first and two out, Werth doubled off the wall, but left fielder Morrison quickly got the ball back into the infield. Hairston took a big turn at third, then stopped and was tagged out to end the threat.

Washington's Jason Marquis allowed a baserunner in every inning he worked but gave up only two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He had two strikeouts — both called with runners in scoring position.

Florida's Anibal Sanchez went 5 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, allowing seven hits and three walks but only two runs.

Washington's Michael Morse drove in the first run with a two-out single in the first. Florida tied the game in the seventh on a double by Murphy, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Greg Dobbs.

Chris Coghlan, playing center field this season for the first time in his professional career, robbed the Nationals of two runs in the first inning. Coghlan sprinted into deep left center and made a leaping catch of Rick Ankiel's fly with two on and two out.

NOTES: RHP Chris Volstad, scheduled to start Wednesday, went 4-0 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts against Washington last year. ... Florida's Ramirez came into the series with a career average of .360 against Washington and 25 homers in 88 games. ... The Nationals' Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa were held out of the starting lineup. Desmond is 0 for 13. ... Morse has struck out six times in 13 at-bats.

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