Nationals 10, Marlins 3

Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI - After being swept in three games over the weekend by the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals took their frustrations out on the Marlins, routing last-place Miami, 10-3, Monday night.
Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals with four RBIs, and Tyler Moore added three. The Nationals also totaled 16 hits, including four by Ian Desmond.
Playing before an announced crowd of 15,933 at Marlins Park, the Nationals improved to 8-5 and are in a virtual tie for second place in the NL East with the New York Mets.
The Marlins slipped to 2-11, the worst record in the major leagues, pending the result of the San Diego Padres, who play the Los Angeles Dodgers late Monday night.
The win went to Jordan Zimmermann (3-0), who went seven innings and allowed six hits, one walk and three runs. Two of his wins this season have come against Miami.
The loss went to Wade LeBlanc (0-3), who allowed nine hits, two walks and seven runs, all earned, in 3 2/3 innings. Two of his losses this season have come against Washington.
The Marlins' offense, which had scored a total of only 20 runs in their first 12 games this season, came alive - to a certain extent - with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Still, the Marlins have gone nine straight games without hitting a home run, tying the franchise record set in the team's first year of existence (1993). The last Marlins player to homer was Greg Dobbs, who went deep April 5 in New York.
There was a big roar from the fans in the fourth inning, when Chris Coghlan singled to center. It was the Marlins' first hit of the game and pretty much the only thing Miami fans had to cheer to that point.
Nationals fans had no such problems, as Washington raced to a 10-0 lead after five innings.
Washington got four runs in the first, loading the bases on singles by Denard Span and Jayson Werth and a walk to Bryce Harper. Zimmerman and Moore followed with two-run singles, and the game was virtually out of reach at that point since the Marlins have averaged fewer than two runs a game this season.
The Nationals continued their assault on LeBlanc with three straight doubles in the third inning -- and none of the hits was cheap. Desmond and Moore hit their drives about 400 feet to center, and Steve Lombardozzi slugged his shot deep to left to make it 6-0.
Zimmerman added a two-run homer in the fourth, and Span stroked a two-run single to center in the fifth.
NOTES: The Nationals went 3-6 in Marlins Park last year, their worst road record against any division rival. ... Harper is probably happy to see the Marlins. He went 6-for-16 with two homers and three RBIs in the season-opening three-game series against Miami. Conversely, he entered Monday in a mini-slump, going hitless in his past nine at-bats. ... Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, who was hit on the right wrist with a pitch Sunday, did not start Monday. Lombardozzi, a career .353 hitter in Miami, took his place. ... Marlins backup outfielder Austin Kearns, 32, was released from a hospital Monday after being scratched from Sunday's lineup due to an irregular heartbeat. ... Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is still out due a shoulder problem. He has not played since Wednesday, but since neither he nor Kearns have been placed on the disabled list, the Marlins are playing short-handed. In fact, Justin Ruggiano, slowed by a groin injury, has been forced into the lineup due to the shortage of outfielders. ... Marlins first baseman Joe Mahoney, who has yet to play this season due to an oblique strain, is close to being ready to return. He has played two rehab games for Class A Jupiter, going 5-for-8. ... ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Texas Rangers are trying to figure out what kind of package of prospects it would take to acquire Stanton in a trade.

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