WASHINGTON – Jeremy Hermida hit an RBI infield single in the 10th inning and the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

Florida’s 9-1 record marks the best start in franchise history. The 1997 and 2004 Marlins opened the year 8-1.

Jorge Cantu got the decisive rally started with a two-out single off Saul Rivera (0-2) and moved to third on Dan Uggla’s bloop hit to right. Hermida hit a grounder deep in the hole at shortstop, and Alberto Gonzalez’s only play was a late throw to first.

Leo Nunez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Matt Lindstrom worked the 10th for his second save, getting three outs after allowing a leadoff double to Elijah Dukes.


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