Late Rally By Nationals Seals Fate For Marlins

MIAMI (AP) – Michael Morse hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 Monday night.

The homer came off Edward Mujica (9-6), who was trying to earn the first save for the Marlins since closer Leo Nunez returned last week to his native Dominican Republic and admitted playing under an assumed name.

With two games remaining, the Nationals franchise (79-80) still has a chance at its first winning season since 2003.

Florida led 4-3 when pinch-hitter Laynce Nix and Ian Desmond started the ninth with singles. Mujica retired the next two batters before Morse hit his 30th homer on a 1-1 pitch.

Rookie Atahualpa Severino (1-0) earned his first career win.

Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in five chances.

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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