The Marlins got off to a quick start against the Nationals starter John Lannan in the first when Emilio Bonifacio leadoff with a singled to center and with one out Hanley Ramirez drew a walk to place runners on first and second. Dan Uggla singled to center on the first pitch he saw to drive in Bonifacio. Wes Helms followed with a sacrifice fly to right to plate Hanley. Making the score, Marlins 2, Nationals 0.
That was really all Alex Sanabia would need but he did get a little more run support when catcher Brad Davis went flowers to make the score, Marlins 3, Nationals 0.
Sanabia was dealing in the game. He only allowed 3 hits in the 6.2 innings he worked. And to top it off, he got his first Major League hit, a single to center in the top of the seventh. Which had to be a good feeling for Alex but it would prove problematic in the game since he spent the whole inning on the base path.
Sanabia came out to start the 7th and things went well initially, he got Roger Bernadina to fly out to left and Mike Morse to ground to third. But Ivan Rodriguez reached on an infield single and Nyjer Morgan walked. So with the tying run at the plate, that ended Sanabia's night. Jose Veras came on in relief and struck out the pinch hitting Willie Harris to end the inning. 3-0 Marlins.
In the eight, Leo Nunez came on in relief for the first time in a week, he had been out of action due to nagging injuries. Leo's delivery didn't look smooth but he was getting results, at least early on. He struck out Danny Espinosa, induced Ian Desmond to ground out to short. So with two outs, Leo gave up a single to Ryan Zimmerman and a ground rule double to Adam Dunn to move Zimmerman to third. Bernadina follow with a single to left to drive home Zimmerman. That would end Leo's night, and the new closer, Clay Hensley, got the call. It took K-lay all of one pitch to get the Marlins out of the inning. So the score now stood at 3-1 Marlins.
In the Marlins half of the ninth, Logan Morrison finally got a hit to extend his hitting streak to 9 and his on-base streak to 30 games. Danny doubled in the inning and LoMo tried to score from first, it didn't work.
So to the bottom half of the inning we go and K-lay retired the Nats in order to get his first ever professional save.
Sanabia is becoming a Nationals killer. In two of his three starts against the team, he has pitched shutout ball. And that ain't bad.