Olsen Goes 7 Strong Innings, Ramirez Hits 2 HRs for Marlins

Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 6-1
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 5:29 PM CDT
Florida Marlins' Scott Olsen delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Sunday, April 20, 2008 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. O.    ((AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee))
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(Newser) – Scott Olsen allowed only three hits in seven innings Sunday, and Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs to help the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 6-1. Olsen (3-0) gave up one run, won his third start in a row and lowered his ERA to 2.60.

Last year the left-hander went 10-15 with an ERA of 5.81, highest of any pitcher in the National League with at least 162 innings. Washington's Odalis Perez pitched six innings but remained winless despite allowing only one run, which was unearned. Ramirez homered near the 434-foot sign in center field on the first pitch from reliever Luis Ayala (0-1) to start the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie.