Cantu collects 5 RBIs as Marlins beat Nationals
“It was one of those amazing moments,” Sanchez said. “I didn’t realize what had happened until I stepped on the plate and got into the dugout.”
The victory pulled Florida within five games of Philadelphia in the National League East. The teams are scheduled to play six more times.
“It’s fun now, looking at the scoreboard,” Cantu said, “but it’s up to us to keep winning.”
“I went out there and grabbed some rosin bag that was wet and I had slick hands and for some reason I just couldn’t get it off,” Estrada said. “I’ll learn from it, just don’t touch wet rosin bags.”
Sanchez allowed two runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
“Outhitting somebody and losing is not unusual, but losing by eight or nine runs shows how bad we pitched,”
Cantu’s three-run homer in the first gave Florida a 3-0 lead.
“Cantu gives you clutch at-bats, and he has 85 RBIs now hitting behind a guy (Ramirez) who’s going to have 100,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That’s not easy.”
Washington pulled within 3-1 when Maxwell led off the second with a homer to right. It was his first of the season, and third of his career.
Florida went ahead 5-1 in the third when Cantu doubled home Johnson and Ramirez with one out.
Ross’ run-scoring double and Carroll’s sacrifice fly made it 10-2 in the seventh.
Maxwell hit his second homer off
“I just got a couple good pitches and didn’t miss them,” Maxwell said.
Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the eighth increased Florida’s lead to 11-3.
NOTES: The announced crowd of 38,214 was Florida’s third-largest of the season behind 46,427 vs. the