Johnson outpitches Gonzalez, Miami and Nats split

August 03, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Johnson outpitched Gio Gonzalez for another win over Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 5-2 Friday night to split their doubleheader.

In the first game, Adam LaRoche and Mark DeRosa each drove in three runs, leading John Lannan and the Nationals to a 7-4 win.

Johnson (7-7) improved to 9-1 lifetime against Washington. He fell one out short of his first complete game since April 26, 2010.

Johnson gave up one earned run and five hits. He struck out nine and walked none, and also got two hits.

Steve Cishek struck out the only batter he faced for his sixth save in nine chances.

Carlos Lee drove in three runs and Jose Reyes had three hits to lead the Marlins.

Lee hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth against Gonzalez (13-6). Reyes opened the eighth with double and scored from second on Lee's grounder to short.

Emilio Bonifacio drove in the fifth run in the ninth with a single.

In the ninth, Michael Morse singled just past second base with two outs. Bonifacio was injured trying to field the ball and the second baseman flipped it away, allowing Bryce Harper to score the second run.

Gonzalez zipped through the first five innings, facing just one batter over the minimum, allowing just two singles.

In the sixth, the Marlins scored three runs on five singles. Johnson singled with one out and with two down, Donovan Solano singled and Reyes had an infield single. Lee put the Marlins ahead with his hit and Greg Dobbs added an RBI single.

Gonzalez worked a season-high eight innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.

In the first game, LaRoche hit an RBI single in the first and a home run in the third, then drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. He was hitless in the second game, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

DeRosa, who missed nearly two months because of an oblique injury, doubled his RBI total for the season with a two-run single in the first and a bases-loaded walk in the fourth.

The Nationals scored seven runs off Brad Hand (0-1), who had been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start the game. Hand, 1-9 in his career, gave up six hits and six walks in 3 2-3 innings. He was scheduled to return to the minors after the game.

Lannan (2-0), who was recalled on July 21 for another doubleheader start, allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings. After walking five and striking out four, Lannan was slated to be sent back to Triple-A Syracuse after the game.

Tyler Clippard came in with two runners on in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.

NOTES: Reyes extended his hitting streak to 22 games. ... The Nationals acquired C Kurt Suzuki from Oakland for minor league C David Freitas. Washington manager Davey Johnson expects Suzuki to report in time for Saturday's game. Current backup Sandy Leon, who caught the second game of the doubleheader, will probably be sent back to Double-A Harrisburg. To make room on the 40-man roster, Washington designated C Carlos Maldonado for assignment. ... The Marlins called up RHP Chris Hatcher to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader. Hatcher pitched two scoreless innings in the first game. ... Miami 3B Donnie Murphy left the first game in the seventh inning because of a strained left hamstring and didn't play in the second game. ... Morse extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... LHP Mark Buehrle (9-10, 3.60) will pitch for the Marlins on Saturday against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 2.28).

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