Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Florida won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, August 21
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 22
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 23
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Nationals 7

(54-73, 24-43 away)

Marlins 9

(60-66, 31-30 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 23, 2006

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: S. Olsen (10-7)

    L: T. Armas (8-9)

    Mega Miggy: Cabrera's two blasts help Marlins edge Nats

    MIAMI (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera joined some elite company and helped the Florida Marlins complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals.

    Cabrera hit two homers to become the fifth active player to reach 100 for his career before his 24th birthday as the Marlins beat the Nationals 9-7 Wednesday night.

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    Scott Olsen improved his record to 10-7 in the Marlins' 9-7 victory over the Nationals, joining his rookie teammates Josh Johnson (11-6) and Ricky Nolasco (11-8), who previously reached double figures in wins. Florida is the first team in 54 years with three rookies with 10 or more victories. The last was the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers: Joe Black (15-4), Billy Loes (13-8), and Ben Wade (11-9).

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    The other active players to accomplish the feat are Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones and Albert Pujols.

    "It means a lot because those are big names," Cabrera said. "When you see your name with those guys, you feel proud."

    Cabrera, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored, also became the sixth-youngest player overall to reach the milestone. He has 22 home runs this season, after hitting 33 each of the last two years and 12 as a rookie in 2003.

    "He's the kind of hitter that doesn't come around every day," Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla said. "I've never played with a hitter like him. One hundred home runs and he's only 23, that's pretty amazing. He's a superstar already."

    Uggla, Mike Jacobs and Hanley Ramirez also had two hits for the Marlins, who batted around in the first and second innings while taking an 8-1 lead.

    "It's a good sign when your pitcher bats twice in the first two innings," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

    Scott Olsen (10-7) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, to rebound after his shortest outing of the season and snap a personal three-game losing streak.

    Olsen became the third Marlins rookie pitcher to reach 10 victories this season, marking the first time since the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers and only the third time since 1900 that a team has had three rookies with at least 10 wins.

    "People talk about the '52 Brooklyn Dodgers and ears perk up," Girardi said. "Brooklyn Dodgers, not since then. That's something."

    Along with Olsen, the other Marlins rookie pitchers with at least 10 victories are Josh Johnson (11-6) and Ricky Nolasco (11-8).

    "If you'd have asked before the season if I thought they'd be able to do it, I'd have said, of course," said Uggla, another rookie. "I knew what kind of talent they have. They've been the best pitchers in their organizations. I faced all three of them last year all the time and it wasn't any fun."

    Tony Armas Jr. (8-9) lasted only 1 2/3 innings for Washington, giving up eight runs five earned and 10 hits. It was his shortest outing of the season and his third loss in three decisions against Florida. He is 3-12 with a 5.98 ERA in his career against the Marlins.

    "I don't know, I think they've got something against me," Armas said. "They've been tough on me."

    Felipe Lopez had three hits, and Austin Kearns, Henry Mateo and Daryle Ward homered for the Nationals, who committed three errors and lost their fifth straight.

    After the game, which dropped Washington to 1-5 on its current nine-game road trip, manager Frank Robinson and GM Jim Bowden met behind closed doors for about 25 minutes.

    "It was nothing serious, just letting off a little steam," Robinson said. "We're all frustrated with the way we've been playing on this road trip. Hopefully, we can get this thing around and win some ballgames."

    Cabrera hit a two-run home run in the second to start a five-run rally and he followed that the next inning with a solo shot.

    After Escobar's RBI double gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Marlins followed with a three-run rally after the first five batters got base hits.

    "He just didn't have anything," Robinson said of Armas. "His pitches were flat and his location was horrible."

    Two Washington errors led to three unearned runs in the second after Cabrera's home run. Cabrera's shot hit the yellow line at the top of the center-field wall, and first base umpire Phil Cuzzi initially ruled the ball in play. However, after Girardi came out to argue the call, the umpires huddled and reversed the call.

    Ward's three-run shot in the ninth capped the scoring.

    "You can take good losses, but ugly losses, bad losses, sloppy losses are not acceptable," Robinson said. "They weigh on you."

    Game notes


    Cabrera's four RBI gave him 383 for his career, moving him past Gary Sheffield (380) for fifth place on the Marlins' all-time list. ... Armas' 12 losses against the Marlins tied him with three other pitchers for second-most by an opponent behind Tom Glavine's 18. ... The game was the last between the teams, with the Marlins winning the season series 11-7. ... Mateo's home run was his first in 235 career at-bats spread out over the last six seasons. ... Olsen's single in the second inning gave him a hit in four of his last six outings. ... Ramirez wasted little time extending his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first inning. He had hit a leadoff homer the night before.

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