MIAMI – Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman each hit three-run home runs to power the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Monday night in a game that's start was delayed nearly three hours by rain.
Jason Marquis (1-7) won his first game in nearly a year pitching 5 2-3 innings and giving up three runs.
Hanley Ramirez and Brett Hayes homered for the Marlins.
The game began with puddles throughout the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that simply stopped well in front of them.
Zimmerman's three-run blast off Alex Sanabia (3-2) in the third inning hit off the facing of the upperdeck in left field knocking out a light panel on the out-of-town scoreboard. His 25th homer gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead.
Dunn's three-run shot off Brian Sanches — his 33rd — extended the Nationals advantage to 8-3 in the seventh. He also hit an RBI double.
Sanabia allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings.
The Marlins were plagued by sloppy defense committing two errors and throwing four wild pitches.
Notes: Marlins 2B Dan Uggla was scratched from the lineup with a strained right groin and is listed as day-to-day. It was the first game of the season he has missed after starting the first 129. ... Marquis had lost all seven of his previous starts this season and his last win came on Sept. 8, 2009. ... Marlins rookie Mike Stanton snapped an 0 for 31 slump with a single in the eighth.