MIAMI (AP) -- Anibal Sanchez wasn't going to let a little rain
stop him from getting his first win in nearly a month.
Sanchez pitched seven solid innings to win for the first time
since July 25 as the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals
3-1 on Monday night.Sanchez (5-2) returned to the mound after a 17-minute rain delay
and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, walking four
and striking out four. Sergio Mitre pitched a hitless eighth inning
before Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his 28th save in 31
chances."I thought the rain delay affected him a little bit," Marlins
manager Joe Girardi said. "But he bounced back. We had very good
pitching, good defense and timely hitting. That usually results in
a win."Billy Traber (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3
innings. He struck out seven and walked two for Washington, which
has lost three straight."We made some bad pitches when we should have made some good
pitches and they capitalized on them," Traber said. "That was the
difference maker."With one out in the seventh, Traber hit Jeremy Hermida. Hanley
Ramirez followed with a triple into the left field corner that tied
the game 1-1. Dan Uggla then had a run-scoring single to make it
2-1."It felt great to come through and get the win for Sanchez,"
Uggla said.Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to left that scored Uggla
when Alfonso Soriano bobbled the ball."It was a close game and both pitchers were good," Cabrera
said. "I told him [Sanchez] we would get the win for him."The Nationals took a 1-0 lead on Soriano's 41st homer of the
season. He led off the sixth inning with a homer to left. Soriano's
homer came three pitches after the rain delay."After the rain [delay], I tried to throw it inside," Sanchez
said. "He found my pitch. I don't know how he hit that pitch."After giving up the home run, Sanchez walked the next two
batters. He then retired Nick Johnson and Jose Vidro on a fly out
and pop out, respectively. Austin Kearns ground out to end the
threat."We've lost some tough games," Soriano said. "You've got to
live with the frustration."Traber pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth. With two
outs, he walked two batters and hit Wes Helms to load the bases.
Traber then got Cody Ross to pop out to get out of the inning.
The Marlins have gotten 39 of their 58 wins this season
from rookie pitchers. The last team to get 35+ wins from rookie
pitchers was the 2003 Arizona Diamondbacks (39)...Soriano has
homered in six of his last seven series.