Logan Morrison's game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday was his first of the season and made it apparent that his day off Friday was beneficial. Morrison was out of the starting lineup Friday -- he contributed a pinch-hit single -- as he continues to work back slowly from offseason surgery on his right knee. "We've got a plan for him," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's a process. Hopefully it's a process for two months, a month and a half, then we see how it is after that." Said Morrison: "It's a day-to-day thing with my knee. They give me days off just to make sure it doesn't get worse." Things went fine for Emilio Bonifacio in his first start at second base Saturday, but they didn't go so great at the plate. Leading the Marlins with 17 hits and tied with Hanley Ramirez with 10 runs, Bonifacio went 0-for-4 against Stephen Strasburg and Co., and he is now 0-for-7 for the series. Nationals: Zimmerman day-to-day with shoulder
For just the second time in his career, a shoulder problem knocked third baseman Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup Saturday. Zimmerman was a late scratch because of mild right shoulder inflammation. There is no structural damage and he is listed as day-to-day. The first time Zimmerman's shoulder was a problem, it was more than a day-to-day proposition. He missed 48 games in 2008 with a small labral tear. On Saturday, veteran utility man Mark DeRosa took over Zimmerman's spot at third base and third spot in the lineup. DeRosa collected a single on a 1-for-4 day at the plate, leaving his early average at an even .100, and he shifted to left field in the 10th inning, with Chad Tracy going across the diamond to third after starting at first. The Nationals' pitching staff, with its starters leading the Majors with a 1.94 ERA through Saturday, have allowed more than three runs just twice through the first 10 games of their homestand, holding opponents to two or fewer runs six times. Worth noting
The Nationals are chipping away at recent history at home against the Marlins. Entering the series, the Marlins owned a 14-4 mark in D.C. since the start of the 2010 season, the best record of any team against a divisional foe during that span. Two wins for the home team later, the Marlins' overall edge on the road against the Nationals is now 26-11. At the conclusion of this series, the Marlins get a day off in New York after taking the short trip up the Eastern seaboard to take on the Mets in Jose Reyes' first visit to Citi Field since heading for Miami. The Nationals have a considerably longer trip that includes an off-day, as they will begin a three-game set Tuesday at San Diego.