Reporting Byron Kerr
The Florida Marlins got by the Washington Nationals 6-5 in 11 innings Friday night on an RBI double by Greg Dobbs, ending a thrilling see-saw battle before 19,503 at Nationals Park.
Dobbs run-scoring hit scored Omar Infante from first base. Infante arrived before the relay from Jerry Hairston and got around the tag by catcher Wilson Ramos with his right hand. He was called safe by home plate umpire Paul Nauert.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Nationals rallied behind a pair of walks by Marlins reliever Mike Dunn. With Jayson Werth at third, Laynce Nix slapped a seeing eye run-scoring double down the right field line to tie the game, 5-5.
Earlier, centerfielder Roger Bernadina kept the Nationals in the game with some timely hits and what could be the defensive highlight of the season so far in the major leagues.
Bernadina had a game-tying, two-run double and a diving over-the-shoulder snow cone catch of a Mike Stanton drive to deep center, garnering a standing ovation from the home town crowd. Bernadina lifted the Nationals to a 4-all tie, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny gave up the long ball early on, but then settled down to throw four and two-thirds innings. Gaby Sanchez and John Buck slammed back-to-back, almost identical home runs to the left center field visitors bullpen, guiding Florida to an early 3-0 advantage.
Marlins starter Chris Volstad had one inning where he was roughed up, but provided the book end performance needed to prevent the Nationals from ever taking the lead.
Volstad allowed three runs in the fourth frame on a solo shot by Nix and the run-scoring extra base hit by Bernadina, erasing his early 4-1 lead. But Volstad struck out seven and walked only one, pitching six innings and scattering eight hits.