Gorzelanny, Burnett, Storen combine on 2-hitter; Nats beat Marlins 5-2
- Washington Nationals' Roger Bernadina, right, steals second base as Florida Marlins second baseman Omar Infante (13) is unable to hold on to the ball during the second inning, Saturday. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI (AP) - Tom Gorzelanny pitched seven innings and two relievers completed a two-hitter to help the Washington Nationals beat the Florida Marlins 5-2 on Saturday night.
Gorzelanny (2-2) gave up a two-run homer to John Buck - the only runs allowed by the left-hander in his past 18 1-3 innings. Sean Burnett pitched a perfect eighth, and Drew Storen followed with a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Storen has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings. The Nationals bullpen has allowed one run in 24 innings over the past 10 games for an ERA of 0.38.
Roger Bernadina, recalled by Washington before the game from Triple-A Syracuse, had two hits and scored a run. Ian Desmond singled, tripled, scored twice and drove in a run.
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa made catches to rob Hanley Ramirez and Emilio Bonifacio of hits. Ramirez went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .195.
Marlins third baseman Wes Helms struck out three times. He also was charged with two errors, one for obstruction, on a single play to help Washington score twice in the ninth.
Chris Volstad (2-2) allowed three runs in six innings for the Marlins, who have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season. They fell to 16-1 when they hit a homer.
Gorzelanny was facing the Marlins for the first time since May 14, 2007, and he had them flummoxed. He struck out six, walked four and lowered his ERA to 2.87.
For the second straight game, bad baserunning hurt Florida. With two outs in the sixth, Mike Stanton singled a teammate to third, but right fielder Jayson Werth threw behind him for the out at first to end the inning.
That was Florida's final baserunner. The Nationals have allowed a total of four runs in the first two games of the series.
Desmond tripled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Werth to put the Nationals up 3-2. Desmond hiked his lifetime average against Volstad to .611 (11 for 18).
Beradina, filling in for injured center fielder Rick Ankiel, led off the game with a single - the first of four consecutive Washington hits. Adam LaRoche's bases-loaded single scored two runs, but Volstad escaped further damage.
Buck homered in the second inning after Stanton walked to make the score 2-all.
Two mistakes by Helms on one play helped Washington score in the ninth.
With Jerry Hairston at second, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs hit a grounder that rolled under Helms' glove for an error. Hairston slowed to avoid colliding with Helms, then was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Bonifacio. But umpire Fieldin Culbreth called Helms for obstruction and ruled Hairston safe at home.
Desmond's sacrifice fly made it 5-2.
Notes: RHP Anibal Sanchez, scheduled to start Sunday, is 5-0 in 14 starts against Washington with an ERA of 2.34. ... Werth was 1 for 22 lifetime against Volstad before he singled in the first. ... Stairs is 1 for 14 as a pinch-hitter.
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