Johnson Drives in Four in Nationals Win

Washington starter Redding gets win despite one bad inning
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 10:53 PM CDT
Florida Marlins runner Hanley Ramirez, right, steals second base during the fourth inning in baseball action in Miami, Friday, April 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
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(Newser) – Nick Johnson hit a three-run double and drove in four runs, leading Washington to a 6-4 win over the Florida Marlins on Friday. Johnson's two-out double in the seventh inning off reliever Taylor Tankersley helped the Nationals end a three-game skid. Washington, which had lost 12 of 13, had scored only five runs in being swept by the Mets.

Winner Tim Redding (3-1) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on three hits, while striking out a career-high 10. Redding was cruising with a one-hitter until the sixth. With one out, he hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch. Ramirez stole second and scored on a two-out single by Jeremy Hermida and Josh Willingham homered to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.