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Nationals First Inning Breakout Propels Team to Win Over Florida

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Runs have been tough to come by this season for the Nationals, but such was not the case Sunday afternoon against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park.

Washington scored six runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-4 victory.  Jason Marquis improved to 5-1 on the season and helped his own cause by knocking in two of those six-first inning runs with a double to left field.

Pudge Rodriguez had three RBI’s on the day, including two in the first inning as well.

This was only the second time in Nationals history that they have scored six or more runs in the first inning. The other was against the on Mets August 21st, 2005.

Marquis gave up only two earned runs over 6.2 innings as he tied the National League leaders in wins with five.

The Nationals improved to 19-21 on the season in front of 18,356 fans. They managed to squeeze one win out of the three game series with the Marlins.

The Nats stay at home Monday as they kick off a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pregame is a 6:30 p.m. on Sports Radio 106.7 The Fan.

-Matt Cahill

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