MIAMI (AP) -The
are getting accustomed to come-from-behind wins. Granted, not all of them look quite like this.
hit a go-ahead single during a seven-run rally in the eighth inning and the Marlins beat the
The Marlins have rallied to win 40 times in 2008, but this was Florida's largest comeback of the season. Florida tagged four
relievers and matched their biggest inning this year.
''It was looking like we were going to lose another one where not a whole lot happened,'' Willingham said. ''But we had a
big inning, which we have not had in a while. It was good to have a little offensive explosion right there.''
The Nationals took a 6-1 lead into the eighth.
''Not pretty,'' manager Manny Acta said. ''That's all you can say.''
Florida has 192 homers this season, but not a single Florida run in the eighth came on a longball. Singles, a double and a
little help from the Nationals were all the Marlins needed.
started the rally with a two-run double to it 6-3.
brought the Marlins closer with a two-run single.
's bunt single off
scored Uggla to tie the game at 6. Pinch-runner
, who had advanced to third on Hanrahan's throwing error, scored on Willingham's single off
The Marlins added another run when Amezaga scored on an error on
A double play ended the rally. It was ruled by that Willingham left third base too early while tagging up on Cantu's fly.
''I did not leave early,'' Willingham said. ''I didn't think I left early at the time and I went and watched the replay and
it confirmed that I did not leave early, so I think he missed the call.''
homered off reliever
in the eighth to give Washington a 6-1 lead. The three-run shot scored
, who had each singled to open the inning.
Milledge scored two runs and drove in two.
(6-9) got the win and
got his first save with the Marlins.
didn't allow a hit for 5 2-3 innings. He gave up one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. The 22-year-old struck out five and
Cantu broke up Balester's no-hit bid with a single to left.
''I didn't feel like I had my best stuff,'' Balester said. ''I was just able to get outs when I was able to. If you would
have told me I would throw a no-hitter through 5 2-3, I would have said, 'No way.' My fastball command wasn't there. My changeup
was the only pitch I felt comfortable throwing. It was a weird day.''
allowed two earned runs and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.
''I did a couple bullpens, working my fastball, because I don't have too much command over it,'' Sanchez said. ''With my fastball,
today I used it a lot. And that helped me, because every pitch I threw better.''
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second when
hit an RBI single. It was the first major league hit for the catcher, who was called up to the big leagues after
sprained his left ankle in a collision at home plate on Sept. 2.
''I was still looking for that first hit,'' Montz said. ''He tried to come fastball in and I just hung on it. I didn't try
to do too much. It feels good I got a hit and an RBI on the same one.''
Notes: The Nationals will close their season by playing 10 of their final 13 games at home. Washington opens a four-game home
series against the
New York Mets
on Monday. ... On Tuesday, Florida opens a three-game home series against the
, whose game Sunday was moved to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike. ...
will be recalled by the Marlins and Gaby Sanchez will have his contract selected Monday.