bounced back in powerful fashion a night after losing to the last-place
doubled, homered and drove in five runs, and
also doubled and homered to lead Florida past Washington 11-3 on Saturday night.
added his first career home run for the Marlins, who won for the fourth time in five games - and eighth in 10 - following
a 2-hour, 34-minute rain delay at the game's start.
''It was one of those amazing moments,'' Sanchez said. ''I didn't realize what had happened until I stepped on the plate and
got into the dugout.''
The victory pulled Florida within five games of Philadelphia in the National League East. The teams are scheduled to play
six more times.
''It's fun now, looking at the scoreboard,'' Cantu said, ''but it's up to us to keep winning.''
hit two solo homers for his first career multihomer game.
(1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of starter
for his first career win.
(0-1) pitched 2 1-3 innings in his first career start. He gave up five runs and three hits, walked three and struck out four.
''I went out there and grabbed some rosin bag that was wet and I had slick hands and for some reason I just couldn't get it
off,'' Estrada said. ''I'll learn from it, just don't touch wet rosin bags.''
Sanchez allowed two runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
''Outhitting somebody and losing is not unusual, but losing by eight or nine runs shows how bad we pitched,'' Nationals manager
Jim Riggleman said.
Cantu's three-run homer in the first gave Florida a 3-0 lead.
opened with a single before
struck out looking, Cantu sent Estrada's 2-2 pitch into the seats over the left-center scoreboard.
''Cantu gives you clutch at-bats, and he has 85 RBIs now hitting behind a guy (Ramirez) who's going to have 100,'' manager
Fredi Gonzalez said. ''That's not easy.''
Washington pulled within 3-1 when Maxwell led off the second with a homer to right. It was his first of the season, and third
of his career.
Florida went ahead 5-1 in the third when Cantu doubled home Johnson and Ramirez with one out.
in the fifth to make it 5-2. It was Dunn's 99th RBI as he seeks his fifth season with 100 or more RBIs.
, as a pinch hitter, homered in the sixth to help the Marlins build an 8-2 lead. Ross led off by lining
's 1-1 pitch over the left-field scoreboard. After
singled, Sanchez lined a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats.
Ross' run-scoring double and Carroll's sacrifice fly made it 10-2 in the seventh.
Maxwell hit his second homer off
with one out in the eighth.
''I just got a couple good pitches and didn't miss them,'' Maxwell said.
Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the eighth increased Florida's lead to 11-3.
NOTES: The announced crowd of 38,214 was Florida's third-largest of the season behind 46,427 vs. the Yankees on June 20, and
39,412 vs. the Mets on April 11. ... Washington RF
(stiff back) was in the original lineup before being replaced by Maxwell. ... Estrada struck out the side looking - Ramirez,
- in the first. ... Sanchez, who attended the University of Miami, hit his homer on the school's ''family night'' at the stadium.