WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Mike Stanton #27 (L) of the Florida Marlins is congratulated by third base coach Joe Espada #4 after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park on July 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Hand was called up from AAA New Orleans to make the start at Nationals Park, and he didn't give the Marlins a quality start. Though he held the Nationals to just one run on three hits, the rookie walked six in only 3 2/3 innings before the bullpen was called in to take over.
John Lannan made the start against Florida, and gave up 4 runs in his 5 2/3 innings. The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the third when Bonifacio walked to lead off the inning, moved to third on a single by Omar Infante, and scored when Logan Morrison reached on a throwing error.
The Nats would get the run back against Hand in the bottom of the inning. Brad loaded the bases on a single and two walks before Jayson Werth drove in a tying run with a single.
The Marlins would add two more in the top of the sixth. After Mike Stanton went deep for his 24th homer of the season, Brett Hayes hit a two-out double and Bryan Petersen singled to put runners at the corners for Emilio Bonifacio. Boni took sole possession of the second-longest hitting streak in franchise history when he singled, marking 26 straight games with a hit, and simultaneously extending the Marlins' lead to three runs.
There was still a little fight left in the Nationals, however.
The home team would score one more time, against Burke Badenhop in the top of the seventh. With two out, Hop gave up a single to Zimmerman and walked Michael Morse before Jack pulled him in favor of Mujica. Ed promptly allowed a single to Werth to make it 4-2, Fish.
Mike Cameron took it upon himself to get the run back. He worked a walk in the top of the eighth, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Brett Hayes.
The Marlins held onto their lead, and moved to just one game under .500 with the sweep.