MIAMI - Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Carlos Lee drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Monday night to split the teams' four-game series.
Carlos Zambrano (5-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Heath Bell pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mike Dunn pitched the ninth to record his first career save. Dunn allowed a two-out single to Bryce Harper and walked Ryan Zimmerman before striking out Adam LaRoche to end the game.
Zimmerman reached base five times and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle for the Nationals, while Danny Espinosa needed a homer to accomplish the feat. Nationals starter Edwin Jackson (5-5) allowed four runs in five innings to take the loss.
Jesus Flores hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Nationals' first run in the second inning before Zimmerman connected on a solo home run an inning later to give Washington a 2-0 lead. Zimmerman's homer was the 16th against the Marlins in his career, the second this series, and his most against any club.
Lee tied it at 2 with a two-run single in the third inning. Two batters later, Ramirez hit a two-run shot to left-center field to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead.
Zimmerman led off the sixth with a double and scored on a single by Morse to pull the Nationals within a run at 4-3. After Zambrano walked Roger Bernadina to load the bases, Flores bounced into an inning-ending double play. It was the fourth inning-ending double play turned by the Marlins, which tied a season high.
The Nationals had two runners on base in the seventh, but Randy Choate struck out LaRoche to end the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Justin Ruggiano doubled and scored on a squeeze bunt by Emilio Bonifacio to extend Miami's lead to 5-3.
NOTES: The Ozzie Guillen-Harper situation from Sunday's game in which Guillen had words for Harper, who pointed a bat at Guillen for disputing the amount of pine tar he had on his bat, continued to be discussed before Monday's game. Guillen spoke briefly to Nationals manager Davey Johnson on Sunday, and Johnson felt Guillen was trying to intimidate Harper. "I just don't like any time an opposing manager talks to one of my players at the plate," Johnson said. Guillen denied trying to intimidate the Nationals' 19-year old All-Star. "I never try to intimidate anybody," Guillen said. "That's the last thing that went through my mind. I just think it was unprofessional what (Harper) did, he was showing me up. I never showed him up. Every time I talk about this kid, I (praise) him. ... You think I'm going to intimidate him? I might intimidate Davey, but I'm not going to intimidate (Harper). He would kick my butt." Guillen added: "I like this kid, I think this kid is good for baseball, he's going to get better, but if he continued to do that (stuff), he might not make it." Harper said he puts pine tar high on his bat because "it looks cool." Harper went 1 for 4 without any incidents and was 2 for 16 in the series. ... Nationals RHP Drew Storen had a rehab appearance Sunday with Double-A Harrisburg and is expected to make another Tuesday before joining the team for the first time this season. ... The Marlins will travel to Chicago to face the Cubs for a three-game series marking Guillen's first return to the city after managing the White Sox for eight seasons. RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 4.12 ERA) will start for Miami and will face LHP Travis Wood (4-3, 3.05). The Nationals will host the Mets and will send LHP Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.43) to the mound to oppose LHP Jonathon Niese (7-4, 3.73).
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