Marlins 1, Nationals 0(10)

Hanley Ramirez used both his offensive and defensive skills to

help the Florida Marlins get a much needed win.

Chad Tracy singled home Ramirez with the winning run in the 10th

inning to help the Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 1-0 on

Tuesday night and break a three-game losing streak.

Ramirez singled with one out off reliever Drew Storen, then

stole second. After Gaby Sanchez drew a walk, Tracy singled to


Roger Bernadina’s throw was on target, but Ramirez slid under

the tag attempt by catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who argued the call

vehemently with home plate umpire Jim Wolf. Rodriguez later

admitted that Ramirez was safe.

”I got in there,” Ramirez said. ”Jim made an unbelievable

call. He got it right.”

It was the ninth walk-off win for the Marlins this season.

The Marlins were fired up after Washington’s Nyjer Morgan was

involved in a violent home plate collision with catcher Brett Hayes

in an unsuccessful attempt to score in the top of the 10th. With

runners on first and second and one out, Adam Kennedy hit a

grounder to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who flipped it to

shortstop Ramirez for the force out at second. Morgan attempted to

score from second on the play. Ramirez threw home and Morgan, who

might have scored had he slid into home, instead collided with

catcher Brett Hayes. Hayes held onto the ball and Morgan was called

out. Hayes remained on the ground for a couple minutes, still

holding onto the ball. Hayes received treatment on his left

shoulder after the game.

”He likes to do that and it’s not good,” Ramirez said. He was

referring to Morgan’s actions last Saturday when he chose to

collide with Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, who didn’t have the

ball, and forgot to touch the plate. Morgan was benched by Nats

manager Jim Riggleman the next day.

”It definitely sparked something in us,” Tracy said. ”We were

upset because we saw Hayes on the ground hurting.”

Morgan didn’t think he did anything questionable.

”It’s just one of those hard plays,” Morgan said. ”The ball

beat me there and I just tried to jar the ball loose.”

Clay Hensley (3-4) picked up the victory for Florida. Storen

(3-3) took the loss in a game that featured stellar pitching

performances by starters Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmermann.

Zimmermann allowed just one hit in six innings – a double by

Gaby Sanchez to lead off the second. He then retired the next 15

batters before leaving after throwing 86 pitches. Zimmerman struck

out a career-high nine.

Tuesday was Zimmermann’s second start since being recalled from

Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 26. He missed 12-plus months following

Tommy John surgery after being named the Nationals’ 2008 Minor

League Pitcher of the Year.

I kept the ball down today. I actually got some fastballs

inside,” Zimmermann said. ”My arm felt good. This is probably the

best I’ve felt in a long time.”

Washington said that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will undergo

Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow on

Friday. Strasburg suffered the injury on Aug. 21.

”He just has to work hard like he’s been doing his whole

career,” Zimmermann said. ”He just has to grind it every day and

keep his head up. The first couple of months are tough but once you

start doing normal activity, like throwing a baseball, time really

flies. You’re going to have some highs and some lows. He just has

to roll with it.”

Anibal Sanchez matched Zimmermann, allowing just three singles

in seven innings while striking out seven.

Notes: Marlins 2B Dan Uggla missed his second straight start

with a strained groin. He had started all 129 previous games this