Marlins Win 5th Straight, Beat Nationals

First-place Florida get gem from Nolasco, RBIs from Gonzalez
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 11:18 PM CDT
Marlins Win 5th Straight, Beat Nationals
Washington Nationals' Elijah Dukes (34) walks back to the dugout after striking out to end the eighth inning in a baseball game against the Florida Marlins Friday.    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ricky Nolasco joined the first-place Florida Marlins' win parade with six strong innings, and Luis Gonzalez passed the 1,400 career RBIs mark with a bases-loaded double last night in a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Nolasco (2-3) broke a personal three-game losing streak, getting his first win in nearly a month, as the Marlins ran their winning streak to a season-high five games.

The Marlins blew the game open with a four-run sixth, taking advantage of a sudden spate of wildness from Nationals starter Tim Redding (4-3). Redding walked three of the last six batters he faced, including Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla to load the bases. Nationals manager Manny Acta then called on reliever Jesus Colome, who had allowed four of seven inherited runners to score this season. (More MLB stories.)

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