WASHINGTON(AP) The Nationals are starting to make come-from-behind victories a habit.
finished a double short of the cycle, and
's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning helped Washington rally from a six-run deficit and beat the
12-8 on Thursday.
The Nationals broke an 8-all tie with four runs in the eighth, completing a series sweep and winning their season-best fifth
(1-0) got out of an eighth-inning jam and pitched the ninth to earn the win.
Washington also scored six runs in the eighth inning for a 6-4 victory on Tuesday, and have come from behind for 20 of its
major-league low 37 wins.
''Nobody in that room has any doubts they can come back,'' said interim manager Jim Riggleman. ''The feeling is that it's
six runs, but it's early, and if we just get a couple and now, all of a sudden, maybe get that other club thinking 'Well,
here they come again.'''
Zimmerman continued his recent hot streak with two singles, a triple, a homer and three RBIs. He also walked to reach base
in all five plate appearances, and is hitting .449 in his last 13 games.
''We've been playing good baseball,'' Zimmerman said. ''We don't ever think we're out of it, and we want to do that for the
rest of the season.''
They did it after Florida took early leads of 6-0 and 8-3, which the Marlins built on three hits in the first five innings
's two-run homer.
sparked Washington with a two-run double in the fourth, and Zimmerman added a two-run shot in the fifth as the Nationals cut
the lead to 8-7. Dukes, who had three hits and drove in four runs, then tied it with a solo homer in the seventh off
started the go-ahead rally with a leadoff walk, and
sacrificed him to second before Belliard singled to center off
(1-4) for a 9-8 lead. Zimmerman added an RBI triple to give Washington a 10-8 edge. Dukes hit an RBI single, and the Nationals
scored another run on
''We just keep coming back and winning some games,'' Belliard said. ''Winning five in a row - it feels good.''
Belliard had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Nationals.
also drove in a run.
lasted just 1 2-3 innings, and Riggleman used seven pitchers. Riggleman had said before the game that he wouldn't use
as the closer after he pitched four straight days.
Stammen's early exit forced Riggleman to go to the bullpen often, and the six relievers combined to give up just two runs
on five hits in 7 1-3 innings.
The Nationals also came up with the timely hits that the Marlins couldn't. Washington went 7 for 12 with runners in scoring
''They did a great job of swinging. They're playing really well right now,'' said Florida starter
. ''We've got to put this series behind us. That's really all you can do.''
NOTES: Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 10 games... This was just the second time since the Nationals came to Washington
that they overcame a six-run deficit to win. The other time came on June 17, 2006 against the Yankees... Baker's homer was
his first since July 3. ... Marlins starter
made his first career pinch-hitting appearance, drawing a walk in the sixth. Johnson homered in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Washington.