Saturday, July 30, 2005

MLB: Florida Marlins 4, Nationals 3 (July 29)

WP: Josh Beckett (10-6)
LP: Tony Armas Jr. (5-5)
S: Todd Jones (19)

WAS: 55-48 (2nd in NL East, 4 behind Atlanta)

With another one-run loss, the Nationals have fallen to four games out of first place in the National League East.

Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Paul Lo Duca bases-loaded double, and the Nationals never really recovered.

Brian Schneider homered in the third to make it 3-1, and it was 4-1 before RBI singles from Vinny Castilla and Schneider in the seventh cut the lead to one, but they wouldn't get any more in the final two innings.

Josh Beckett went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out eight to get his 10th win of the season.

Tony Armas Jr. settled down after the rough first inning, going six innings, giving up four runs on six hits.

The Nationals play game two of the three game series this afternoon at 1:15, with John Patterson (4-2, 2.58 ERA, throws right) going for the Nationals against A.J. Burnett (7-6, 3.48 ERA, throws right).

Burnett has often been mentioned in trade rumors, but it is looking more and more likely that he will stick with the Fish for the remainder of the season.

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