Marlins Beat Nats to Stay Atop NL East

Florida home runs, bullpen give team 8-7 victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 12:07 AM CDT
Florida Marlins' Alfredo Amezaga dives for a hit by Washington Nationals Cristian Guzman during the first inning of an MLB baseball game on Monday, April 7, 2008 in Washington.    (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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(Newser) – How about those first-place Florida Marlins? Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Robert Andino homered, four relievers combined for 5 2-3 innings of one-run ball, and Florida beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 Monday night to stay atop the NL East. The Nationals allowed six unearned runs and dropped their fifth consecutive game after a 3-0 start, according to the Associated Press.

Florida improved to 4-3 thanks in large part to putting up five runs off Tim Redding (1-1) in the third inning. All the scoring was unearned, because of shortstop Cristian Guzman's throwing error, and the big blow was Ramirez's three-run homer to left. Ramirez finished with three hits. Redding's line was unusual: four innings, seven hits, seven runs _ only one earned.