Miami Marlins

July 2, 2008

Amezaga's 2-run shot leads Marlins to win

A 95-minute rain delay was worth the wait for the Marlins.

Alfredo Amezaga followed the lengthy delay by clubbing a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh on Wednesday, sparking the Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Most in the "Camp Day'' crowd of 23,624 didn’t return after rain caused a stoppage in play. But those who waited it out witnessed a rarity: a home run by Amezaga off a left-handed pitcher.

It was only the second home run of Amezaga’s career off a southpaw, but it turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. The Marlins added another run in the eighth as they closed out the home stand and embarked on an 11-day road trip.

Ricky Nolasco was a beneficiary of Amezaga’s blast, earning his ninth win. The right-hander has won eight of his last nine starts.

The Nationals scored both of their runs in the second on a Paul Lo Duca single.

The Marlins halved the lead in the sixth on Robert Andino’s RBI single.

Cody Ross singled with one out in the seventh off Nationals starter Odalis Perez and advanced to second on a ground out.

That’s when the rains hit, leading to a mass exodus from the stadium.

When play resumed, Amezaga hit the third pitch he saw from reliever Charlie Manning and lofted it over the scoreboard in left to give the Marlins the lead

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