Marlins edge Nationals

July 16, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Carlos Lee drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Monday night to split the teams’ four-game series.

Carlos Zambrano (5-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Heath Bell pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mike Dunn pitched the ninth to record his first career save. Dunn allowed a two-out single to Bryce Harper and walked Ryan Zimmerman before striking out Adam LaRoche to end the game.

Zimmerman reached base five times and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle for the Nationals, while Danny Espinosa needed a homer to accomplish the feat. Nationals starter Edwin Jackson (5-5) allowed four runs in five innings to take the loss.

Jesus Flores hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Nationals’ first run in the second inning before Zimmerman connected on a solo home run an inning later to give Washington a 2-0 lead.

Zimmerman’s homer was the 16th against the Marlins in his career, the second this series, and his most against any club.

Lee tied it at 2 with a two-run single in the third inning. Two batters later, Ramirez hit a two-run shot to left-center field to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead.

Zimmerman led off the sixth with a double and scored on a single by Morse to pull the Nationals within a run at 4-3. After Zambrano walked Roger Bernadina to load the bases, Flores bounced into an inning-ending double play. It was the fourth inning-ending double play turned by the Marlins, which tied a season high.

The Nationals had two runners on base in the seventh, but Randy Choate struck out LaRoche to end the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Justin Ruggiano doubled and scored on a squeeze bunt by Emilio Bonifacio to extend Miami’s lead to 5-3.

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