MIAMI (AP) -- Anibal Sanchez wasn't going to let a little rain
stop him from getting his first win in nearly a month.
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
"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
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
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
"It felt great to come through and get the win for Sanchez,"
"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."
"We've lost some tough games," Soriano said. "You've got to
live with the frustration."
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.