Washington sets season highs in hits, runs in win over Miami
MIAMI -- Jordan Zimmermann pitched a six-hitter for his third victory of the season, and the Washington Nationals bounced back from a humbling weekend to beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 on Monday night.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run and had four RBIs to lead a 16-hit outburst. Zimmermann (3-0) struck out six, walked one and threw 102 pitches in his second career complete game.
The Nationals were outscored 18-5 while being swept in a three-game series at home against Atlanta.
They took out any lingering frustration on the Marlins (2-11), who came into the game tied for the worst record in the majors.
Zimmermann retired the first 10 batters, and the score was 8-0 before Miami had a baserunner. The right-hander's only complete game in 83 previous career starts was a 1-0 loss in 2011.
The Nationals' run and hit totals were season highs. They had six extra-base hits, including doubles on three consecutive pitches.
Ian Desmond had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice. Tyler Moore drove in three runs. The carousel of baserunners for Washington was constant, even though Miami center fielder Chris Coghlan threw out two of them.
Ballpark personnel tightened security in the wake of the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon. A moment of silence was observed before the national anthem.
Announced attendance was 15,933, and there were more than a few boos when the score reached 6-0. Coghlan triggered a big roar when he singled in the fourth to become Miami's first baserunner.
The Marlins went without a homer for the ninth consecutive game, tying the franchise record set by the 1993 expansion team.
The Nationals scored four runs in the first inning, when their first six batters reached against Wade LeBlanc (0-3). One of them -- Bryce Harper -- was thrown out trying to go from first to third on a single.
Zimmerman singled home the first two runs, and Moore also had a two-run single.
In the third, the Nationals hit three consecutive doubles with two outs. The first two, by Desmond and Moore, sailed over the center fielder's head. Steve Lombardozzi then pulled an RBI double into the corner for a 6-0 lead.
John Maine relieved LeBlanc in the fourth, and Zimmerman hit the first pitch into the nightclub beyond left field to make it 8-0.
Miami's starting pitching had been solid despite the team's awful record, but LeBlanc allowed seven runs in 32Ú3 innings.
Zimmermann beat LeBlanc for the second time this month, and the Nationals improved to 4-0 against Miami.
The Marlins have scored only 23 runs all season and played short-handed. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton sat out for fourth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder, and reserve outfielder Austin Kearns was unavailable after undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat.
Down 10-0 in the sixth, the Marlins bunted.
The strategy worked. Following a successful sacrifice, Juan Pierre singled home a run, and the crowd erupted.