MLB: Florida 4, Washington 2

May 7, 2010 at 11:27 PM

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- An eighth-inning single by Gaby Sanchez drove in the go-ahead run Friday and Florida held on to defeat Washington 4-2.

Florida halted a three-game losing streak and defeated Washington for the 29th time in 39 meetings.

Chris Volstad (3-2) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings to get the victory. He has worked at least six innings in five of his six starts this season.

Florida rallied into a 2-2 tie on a solo homer by Jorge Cantu in the seventh and then went in front in the eighth against reliever Brian Bruney (1-2).

Pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen led off the eighth with a single in his first major league at-bat and moved to second when Bruney misplayed a bunt by Chris Coghlan for an error. Sanchez attempted to get down a sacrifice bunt, but after failing to do so he singled up the middle to score Petersen.

Coughlan advanced to third on the Sanchez hit and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jorge Cantu.

Leo Nunez, the fourth Florida pitcher, worked the ninth for his fifth save.

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