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MLB: Washington 6, Florida 4

April 18, 2008 at 11:07 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, April 18 (UPI) -- A three-run double by Nick Johnson in the seventh inning Friday allowed the Washington Nationals to rally past Florida 6-4.

Johnson had two hits and drove in four runs as part of only the second Washington win in 14 games.

Tim Redding (3-1) got the win with a six-inning effort, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out a career-best 10. Jon Rauch came on in the ninth for his third save.

Josh Willingham had a two-run homer for the Marlins, losers of two in a row. The setback went to Justin Miller (1-1), who gave up three runs in 1 2/3 relief innings.

After seizing a 3-0 lead in the first, the Nationals faced a 4-3 deficit heading into the seventh.

Johnny Estrada opened the inning with a single and, one out later, Felipe Lopez singled and Cristian Guzman walked to load the bases.

Ryan Zimmerman's grounder forced Estrada at home and Taylor Tankersley took the mound in an attempt to get out of the inning. Johnson, however, blasted his double to deep right to clear the bases.

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