MLB: Washington 6, Florida 4

July 4, 2006 at 6:33 PM

WASHINGTON, July 4 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-out three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday to give the Washington Nationals a 6-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Robert Fick and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back, one-out, singles off Florida closer Joe Borowski. Jose Vidro flied out and Zimmerman hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence.

Marlon Byrd also homered for the Nationals, who won their fourth in a row. Chad Cordero (4-3) picked up the win, giving up just one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Mike Stanton worked a scoreless inning of relief and moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time games pitched list with 1,072 appearances, passing Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley.

Hanley Ramirez homered for the Marlins, who have lost four in a row.

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