Nationals shut out Marlins

April 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ross Detwiler and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, Rick Ankiel homered and had three hits and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Friday night.

Detwiler (2-0) allowed three hits over six innings and struck out seven, equaling a career high. Craig Stammen threw a perfect seventh and Tyler Clippard struck out Hanley Ramirez with two on to end the eighth after walking Emilio Bonifacio on 14 pitches.

Henry Rodriguez walked two in the ninth but still earned his fourth save as Washington improved to 11-4.

Miami had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Leading off the third, Ankiel hit a 2-0 pitch from Carlos Zambrano (0-1) far over the center-field wall for his first home run of the year.

In the eighth, Ankiel doubled to right with one out off Steve Cishek, went to third on an infield out and scored on an RBI single by Ian Desmond.

Zambrano is 8-4 against the Nationals, and hadn’t lost in Washington since May 14, 2005. He allowed just two hits — both by Ankiel, who also singled in the fifth. In seven innings, Zambrano struck out six and walked none.

Detwiler threw 79 pitches and was in trouble only in the second inning when Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and former National Austin Kearns doubled with one out. When John Buck flied out to center, Stanton didn’t try testing Ankiel’s strong arm. Runners remained at second and third as Donnie Murphy struck out.

Jose Reyes hit a long fly to center that Ankiel caught up with to end the fifth.

NOTES: Nationals pitchers have allowed just two home runs in 140 innings this season. ... Washington RHP Edwin Jackson, who pitched for St. Louis last season, will be presented with his World Series ring before Saturday’s game by former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. ... The Marlins will start RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 2.92 ERA) on Saturday against Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.42).

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