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MLB: Nationals Beat Marlins on Post-Midnight Grand Slam


In a Major League Baseball game that ended nearly two hours after midnight with a grand slam, the Washington Nationals beat the Florida Marlins, 7-3.

Ryan Zimmerman hit the game-ending, bases-loaded blast with two outs in the ninth inning of the contest, which was delayed nearly four hours by rain.

Florida led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, which was delayed 47 minutes by the second rainstorm of the game here in the nation's capital.

In another National League contest Saturday, J. J. Hardy hit a grand slam to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-3 pasting of the New York Mets. The Brewers have won 11 of their last 13 games, and lead the majors with 25 wins against 11 losses.

The St. Louis Cardinals shut down the San Diego Padres, 5-0. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3. The Philadelphia Phillies clubbed the Chicago Cubs, 11-7. The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-2. The Houston Astros thumped the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-4. And, the Colorado Rockies used two home runs by Matt Holliday to get by the San Francisco Giants, 6-2.

In the American League, the Chicago White Sox edged the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings, 5-4, on a game-ending hit by Jermaine Dye. The Sox tied the game with two outs in the ninth when Juan Uribe drove in a run. The Los Angeles Angels doubled the Texas Rangers, 6-3. The Boston Red Sox crushed the Baltimore Orioles, 13-4. The Toronto Blue Jays edged the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-4. The Detroit Tigers handed the Minnesota Twins their fourth straight loss in an 8-2 decision. The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, boosted by a pair of run-scoring triples by Josh Barfield. And the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 7-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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