Reporting Byron Kerr
Florida once again found a way to get a late run. The Nationals once again found themselves down by one as the final out was recorded. The Marlins took advantage of one pitch from Livan Hernandez, and that turned out to be enough in a 1-nothing win before 22,497 at Nationals Park.
Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton blasted a solo shot off of Hernandez in the seventh, his second homer of the series, giving Florida a 1-0 lead.
Hernandez tossed seven innings, scattering six hits, allowing one run with two walks and and four strikeouts.
Anibal Sanchez was very impressive again, going eight full innings, allowing just three hits, no runs, two walks and nine strikeouts. Sanchez has 27 strikeouts versus the Nationals in three starts this season, allowing only two earned runs.
Washington finished with just four base knocks, two of them from their current hot hitter, Laynce Nix, now batting .313. But the Nationals have lost three straight one-run games.
The series finale Sunday features right handers Jason Marquis and Javier Vasquez. Pregame 1:00 p.m. on 106.7 The Fan.