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Recap: Nationals 2, Marlins 8
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: April 16, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

MIAMI (AP) - The gaudy sculpture in left field swung into motion and lit up like a carnival ride as Miami Marlins fans cheered the rare spectacle.

Home run, home team.

Adeiny Hechavarria ended a pair of home run droughts with a three-run shot that helped Miami beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night.

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``I was beginning to think that the home run sculpture out there wasn't plugged in,' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ``I'm glad that it's working.'

The offensively challenged Marlins (3-11) began the game with the worst record in the majors, but broke out of a batting slump in the fourth inning with four runs, more than they had scored in all but one game.

Hechavarria's homer was the Marlins' first at home this season, and it ended a nine-game home run drought that had tied the 20-year-old franchise record.

``When I hit the ball, I knew it was out of the ballpark,' Hechavarria said. ``It was a great feeling.'

A throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman - his fourth in five games - preceded the homer and led to four unearned runs.

Miami's Justin Ruggiano had two hits and three RBIs, Greg Dobbs contributed a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring single, and Juan Pierre totaled three hits and hiked his average to .222.

Redmond said the homer provided the kick-start the Marlins needed.

``We've been waiting for a big hit for a while,' he said. ``We knew it was going to come. We didn't know who it was going to come from.

``It was big for everybody. I think for everybody, it was like, `All right, here we go' - a nice sigh and a little bit of relief.'

Alex Sanabia (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings, and two relievers completed an eight-hitter.

The Nationals had been 4-0 against the Marlins this season, outscoring them 21-4.

``Nice to beat those guys,' Redmond said. ``They've kind of had their way with us so far this year. Nice to put a big number on them.'

Dan Haren (1-2) gave up seven runs, three earned, in 4 1-3 innings. He retired nine in a row before Zimmerman's error.

``Up to that point I was rolling, but I have to pick the guy up,' Haren said. ``That's part of baseball. They pick me up, I pick them up. I'm sure he feels bad about the home run, but I have to be able to pick him up.'

As a tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the crowd of 16,200 sang along to ``Sweet Caroline' before the bottom of the eighth inning. The song has been featured at Red Sox home games since 2002.

Both teams were short-handed, and the Nationals played without three regulars. Bryce Harper and Denard Span sat out with flu-like symptoms, and second baseman Danny Espinosa remained sidelined by a bruised right hand.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton sat out for the fifth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder. He took batting practice and said he felt better, and might rejoin the lineup Wednesday.

Redmond tweaked the Miami lineup, and Chris Coghlan batted leadoff for the first time since 2011, with Pierre dropped to second in the order. The Marlins responded with a season-high run total and 11 hits.

The Marlins had help. The game was scoreless in the fourth when Placido Polanco reached with one out on the latest wild throw by Zimmerman, who underwent right shoulder surgery last offseason.

``The shoulder feels great,' Zimmerman said. ``That's why it's so frustrating. It's just a matter of me sticking with it and not mentally getting frustrated.'

Following the error, singles by Dobbs and Ruggiano scored the first run. Hechavarria, who turned 24 Tuesday, hit a two-out homer.

``I would prefer it happened Monday,' he said with a smile, ``but I'll take it.'

The rookie shortstop finished 1 for 4, hiking his average to .184. The homer was his first and the team's third.

Washington scored twice in the sixth on doubles by Adam LaRoche, Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi.

NOTES: After the game, the Marlins optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Triple-A New Orleans. 1B Joe Mahoney will be reinstated from the disabled list Wednesday. ... Marlins reserve OF Austin Kearns received clearance to play after missing two games and undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat. He struck out pinch-hitting in the sixth. ... The Marlins still have no saves. ... The Nationals' Roger Bernadina reached second base in the fifth inning when Sanabia fielded his tapper and threw wildly, but Bernadina was ruled out for running inside the first-base line.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Marlins
Mon, Apr 15 Final 10 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Nationals at Marlins
Tue, Apr 16 Final 2 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Nationals at Marlins
Wed, Apr 17 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -162   -105   8 
 MIA  +152   -115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -162   -110   8 
 MIA  +147   -110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  93%   81%   67% 
 MIA  7%   19%   33% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 10 Cover: +100 
 MIA 3 Over: 13 
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 Apr 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 1 Push: 7 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 0 Under: 3 
 WAS 3 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 0 Under: 2 
 WAS 2 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 5 Over: 13 
 MIA 8 Cover: +115 
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 Mar 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 7 Cover: +100 
 MIA 5 Over: 12 
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 Feb 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 5 Cover: +130 
 WAS 1 Over: 6 
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 Feb 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 2 Over: 4 
 WAS 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Tuesday, Apr 16
 
    Rays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Astros at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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