Marlins 2, Nationals 1 (10)

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MIAMI -- Ed Lucas drove in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Miami Marlins rallied to defeat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

The Marlins started their winning rally when Adeiny Hechavarria led off the 10th by grounding to third baseman Chad Tracy, who threw over the head of first baseman Adam LaRoche. Hechavarria reached second on the play and, after Jeff Mathis walked, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Placido Polanco.

Justin Ruggiano was walked intentionally. That set up Lucas, grounded into a fielder's choice, beating out a double-play throw, that scored Hechavarria.

Closer Steve Cishek was the winning pitcher.

Dan Haren and relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard combined on what had the makings of a three-hit shutout through eight innings.

But the Marlins tied the score when Giancarlo Stanton, leading off the ninth, homered on a 1-2 pitch from Nationals closer Rafael Soriano. The homer, Stanton's 10th of the year, was estimated at 434 feet.

Nationals star Bryce Harper, who helped produce the game's first run, was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a strike-three call. Reliever Ryan Webb's pitch was up a bit and toward the outside corner, but it did not appear to be a miss by umpire Harry Wendelstedt.

It was the second time Harper struck out looking in the game, although he also drew a walk.

The Nationals are now 1-5 on a road trip that ends Sunday in Miami.

Haren, who entered the game with a 6.00 ERA, allowed just three hits -- all singles -- and one walk in six shutout innings. He struck out seven in what was easily his best game of the season.

Rookie Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' lone All Star, allowed four hits, three walks and one run in six innings, finishing the first half of his season with a 2.75 ERA.

Harper, known for his power, created a run in the fourth based primarily on his speed.

He led off the inning with a walk and, on Adam LaRoche's single to left, charged halfway past second base. Baited by Harper, left fielder Justin Ruggiano threw behind him, which allowed the Nationals outfielder to scamper to third.

With one out, Jayson Werth lifted a fly to shallow center. Marcell Ozuna charged in and made a strong throw that beat Harper, who was tagging up on the play. But catcher Jeff Mathis could not handle the short hop, probably influenced by the 230-pound Harper running him over a fraction of a second later.

Before that, Fernandez's defense had been stellar. After allowing a leadoff walk in the first inning, Mathis threw out Denard Span trying to steal second. Logan Morrison started a double play in the second and, with two on in the third, Ozuna ran down a deep line drive to center by Ian Desmond.

NOTES: The Marlins promoted RHP Tom Koehler from Triple A. He replaces RHP Chad Qualls, who left the team after Friday's game on paternity leave and will return after the All-Star break. ... Sunday's series finale features two young RHPs: Taylor Jordan, 24, for the Nationals and Henderson Alvarez, 23, for the Marlins. ... Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (back injury) is set to begin throwing side sessions this weekend and hopes to return by July 23. ... Nationals RHP Ryan Mattheus, out since May with a broken hand, began a minor-league rehab stint on Friday, striking out the side in a scoreless inning. ... First-round pick Colin Moran took batting practice on Saturday with the Marlins, who hope he will be their first true standout at third base since Mike Lowell left after the 2005 season. ... Marlins OF Austin Kearns, out since May 3 with what is being called a serious but unspecified family issue, is unlikely to return this year. ... Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (calf injury) has been cleared to practice, but it may take several weeks before he returns.
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