MIAMI (AP) -Even to
' numbers are a bit surprising.
Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double,
was almost flawless after a shaky first inning, and the Marlins beat the
6-4 on Wednesday to complete an opening three-game sweep.
Florida scored 26 runs in the series, and the Marlins' starters went 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA.
''Everyone in this division, this league knows the kind of hitters that we have in this clubhouse,'' Uggla said. ''Are we
going to score 8-10 runs a game? Odds are, no. ... But we've got guys up and down the lineup that can swing the bats.''
added a pair of run-scoring singles for the Marlins, 3-0 for only the second time. The other was in 1997, when Florida won
the first of two World Series titles.
Volstad (1-0) struck out a career-high seven, allowing two runs - one earned - and two hits in five innings.
went 2-for-4, lowering his average to .571, with two runs and his fourth steal for the Marlins, who hit .313 with 14 extra-base
hits in the series.
''It's a tough pace to continue,'' Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''Good pitching will beat good hitting anytime and
we're going to run into some tough pitchers who'll shut the offense down. But we'll keep riding it for right now.''
issued a bases-loaded, one-out walk to
in what became a 32-pitch ninth, before hanging on to convert his first save chance of the season. He struck out
for the second out, then got
to line out - on a nifty sprawling grab by left fielder
- to end it.
''Two feet either side would have tied it or we would have taken the lead,'' Nationals manager Manny Acta said. ''We had the
right people and we had good at-bats.''
Volstad walked four Nationals and four Marlins relievers combined to walk six more. The Marlins are now 9-32 all-time when
allowing 10 or more walks.
''It's very frustrating,'' Dunn said. ''We had our chances to win this game and we let them slip.''
Uggla's well-placed fifth-inning liner off
(0-1) put Florida in control.
led off with a single and scored on Baker's second RBI hit of the day. Three batters later, Uggla delivered to right-center,
driving in Baker,
for a 5-2 Florida lead.
Cabrera allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.
''I think everything was good,'' Cabrera said, ''until the fifth.''
Washington had a chance in the sixth against Florida's bullpen, loading the bases with one out off
. From there,
came on and retired a pair of pinch hitters, first
by strikeout and then
with a lazy fly.
''For me, that was the game,'' Gonzalez said.
Florida made it 6-2 in the seventh, when Ramirez's second hit of the day brought home Bonifacio. Washington got the run back
in the eighth, when
hit a two-out single allowing Dunn to score.
''I'm happy with the way were are swinging the bat,'' Acta said. ''We just got completely out-pitched by them. They do have
a very good starting rotation and it showed.''
Volstad allowed the first two batters to reach, and both scored.
singled on the game's first pitch, went to second when
walked and scored after center fielder
's fly, then threw the ball to first in an attempt to double off Dukes. No one was at the bag, the ball rolled into the dugout.
Kearns' sharp single made it 2-0, but Volstad calmed down. He faced only 14 batters in the next 4 1-3 innings, never allowing
''Just rushing through my delivery in the first inning. Just a little overanxious, I guess,'' Volstad said. ''Once I slowed
my delivery down and got my tempo, I think I pitched pretty well.''
Notes: Only two teams started 3-0 last year - Kansas City finished 75-87 and the Nationals wound up with baseball's worst
record, 59-102. ... Game time temperature was an unseasonably cool 65 degrees, enough to force some in the crowd to don jackets
and, in a couple cases, ski caps. ... Cabrera went 0-for-2. He's 0-for-16 at the plate, all strikeouts. ... Cantu left shortly
after getting hit in the left hand by a Cabrera offering in the fifth. X-rays were negative. ... Marlins radio voice Dave
Van Horne celebrated his 40th anniversary of being a major league broadcaster. He started with the Montreal Expos on April
8, 1969, and has called games in 49 ballparks.