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Fish Wrap - Marlins 4, Nationals 1

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The Marlins clinched the series win today riding on the right arm of Anibal Sanchez.

Anibal had a fantastic outing.  He had a perfect game going through four but gave up a harmless hit in the fifth.  The Nationals wouldn't get another hit until the seventh and the shutout would hold until the eighth.  Overall Anibal pitched 7.2 innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits and walking no one.

Jason Marquis tried to match Anibal and did a pretty good job of it pitching no-hit ball through four, but when the fifth inning rolled around and he didn't just give up a harmless hit.

Chad Tracy led off the fifth with the first hit of the game with a single to center.  Mike Stanton followed with single to left moving Tracy to second.  Cameron Maybin then drew a walk to load the base with no outs.  Fish fans were getting excited.  That excitement would soon dwindle as Brad Davis struck out and Anibal did the same.  So with two outs on a 3-2 pitch Emilio Bonifacio got jammed but was able to muscle a ground ball past second baseman Danny Espinosa to score Tracy and Stanton. 2-0 Marlins.

The Marlins would add another run to the total in the eighth when Bonifacio hit a leadoff double, that he might have been able to stretch into a triple, but it wasn't worth the risk.  So he wisely stopped at second.  Logan Morrison followed with a single to center to easily plate Boni.  The hit extended LoMo's hitting streak to 10 and his on-base streak to 31 games.  LoMo, we all appreciate good drama and stuff, but could you please get your first hit earlier in the game.  This is getting nerve-racking.  Anyhow, it made the score 3-0 Marlins with the Nationals coming to bat.

In the Nats half of inning, Anibal continued to cruise getting the first two batters out, then bad stuff happened.  Nyjer Morgan reached on an infield single and moved to second on Anibal's errant pickoff attempt.  Why Anibal threw over to first having the hitter down 0-2, I will never know.  But he did.  Wilson Ramos hit the next pitch offered just over Maybin's head to score Morgan.  And that would end Anibal's night.  So with one on and the tying run at the plate, Jose Veras once again entered a game to get the Marlins out of the jam.  And once again, he did just that, he is getting good at this.  Willie Harris hit a routine grounder to first to end the inning.  3-1 Marlins.

In the ninth, Maybin led off with a triple and Davis got him home, courtesy of Adam Dunn, by hitting a ground ball that I think went between Dunn's legs.  But if it didn't, it doesn't matter, it went past him into to right to score Maybin.

Clay Hensley came on to close out the game in the ninth and he did it in the usual Marlins closer fashion.  He walk the leadoff batter and with one out gave up a single to Ryan Zimmerman to bring the tying run to the plate.  From there, he went to work striking out Dunn and getting Bernadina to ground out to first to secure the win and notching his second career save.

The Marlins have won the series and will be going for the sweep tomorrow.