Published November 20, 2014
Mike Stanton had five hits and four RBIs and Chris Volstad won his third game against the Washington Nationals this season in the Florida Marlins' 9-5 victory Wednesday night.
It was the third straight win for the Marlins (56-56) and the 18th time this season they have reached .500.
Stanton had the first five-hit game of his two-month career, with a two-run double in a four-run first inning, an RBI single in the second, a double in the fourth, a long home run in the seventh and a single in the ninth. His previous best was three hits.
Stanton's first double keyed a four-run first inning where Florida batted around against Scott Olsen. The Marlins hammered Olsen (3-4), scoring seven runs and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings — his shortest start since July 8, 2007.
Volstad (6-8) was spectacular in his first two starts against Washington this season — allowing three runs in 16 innings. In his third, he gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, but it was good enough for the win.
In the first inning, Cody Ross drove in the first run with an RBI single and Donnie Murphy added a run-scoring double.
After the Nationals scored a run on an RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom of the first, Florida scored three runs in the second.
Hanley Ramirez led off the second with a long home run to the back of the left-center field stands for a 5-1 lead. It was his 24th home run in 81 games against Washington.
Stanton drove in the sixth run on a line drive that was deflected twice by shortstop Ian Desmond, who slowed the liner and after he tipped it in the air volleyball-style, tried to run under it, but it fell off his glove for a single. Murphy's RBI single made it 7-1.
The eighth run scored in the third on a throwing error by third baseman Zimmerman and the ninth on Stanton's home run.
Desmond had two home runs — his first multi-homer game — for Washington. Adam Dunn hit his league-leading 31st homer and Ivan Rodriguez had an RBI single.
NOTES: Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz said the team "fine-tuned" Stephen Strasburg's arm exercises after he developed inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. Kuntz said Wednesday the Nationals will evaluate Strasburg regularly and "kind of tinker" with his preparation. ... With his average down to .262 and no homers since July 2 — a drought of more than 100 at-bats — Washington LF Josh Willingham was out of the starting lineup Wednesday. Manager Jim Riggleman said Willingham has been bothered by a bad knee. Willingham doubled as a pinch-hitter. ... LHP Ross Detwiler, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, has soreness in his hip, which was operated on in spring training. Detwiler, on the DL retroactive to Aug. 6, went for an MRI, which the Nationals are having his surgeon review. "We want to be cautious with this. Right now we're just calling it a strain," Kuntz said. "Is it anything to be alarmed over? Not at this time." ... Marlins OF Chris Coghlan underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday. He'll begin rehabbing it immediately. Coghlan hurt his knee in a July 25 on-field celebration. Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez isn't counting on him to play again this season.