Guzman drives in pair in Nats' loss

Guzman drives in pair in Nats' loss

at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, March 7

Marlins at the plate: Dallas McPherson's home run in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and provided the winning margin. Hanley Ramirez doubled to lead off the first and Jeremy Hermida's RBI double opened the scoring. In the second inning, the Marlins made it 2-0 when Alejandro De Aza tripled and scored when Cameron Maybin reached on shortstop Cristian Guzman's error. Maybin was credited with an RBI on the sharp grounder that went through Guzman.

Nationals at the plate: Nick Johnson had a single and two doubles. Pete Orr, meanwhile, added a triple and double and scored a run. Orr opened the third with a triple and scored on Guzman's RBI groundout. In the second, Johnson singled and went to second on a wild pitch. He tried to score on Wil Nieves' single to right, but he was thrown out at the plate by Hermida. In the fifth inning, Guzman notched his second RBI groundout.

Marlins on the mound: Andrew Miller turned in a four-inning effort, giving up one run on four hits. The key for him was one walk, after he issued five free passes along with hitting a batter in his last start. Of Miller's 53 pitches, 31 were strikes. In relief, Matt Lindstrom allowed a run on a hit in the fifth inning.

Nationals on the mound: Garrett Mock worked three innings, and posted 53 pitches, with 31 for strikes. He gave up two runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and a walk. Luis Ayala worked a perfect fourth inning, with seven of his nine pitches for strikes. Steven Shell, who worked two innings, surrendered the homer to McPherson.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 7-4-1, Nationals 4-5-1.

Up next: The Marlins have their final split-squad day on Saturday with two away games. At 1:05 p.m. ET. Gaby Hernandez starts at Fort Myers, Fla., against the Red Sox, who are turning to Josh Beckett. In Port St. Lucie, Fla., at 1:10 p.m., Chris Volstad will face the Mets, who will send Mike Pelfrey to the hill.

The Nationals on Saturday play the Astros at Kissimmee, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Tim Redding starts for Washington, while Felipe Paulino goes for Houston.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.