The Washington Times - June 16, 2009, 09:04PM

Still plenty of time left for something becoming of either the Nats or Yankees to happen, but Washington leads 3-2 after six thanks to some big hits and a nice outing from Shairon Martis.

Martis threw more than 80 pitches in the first four innings, but got through the sixth on eight pitches to preserve a one-run lead. He’s likely done for the night, but give him credit for working quick and going right after the bottom of the Yankees’ lineup—which is as good as the middle of some lineups Martis will face.


The Nats, meanwhile, scored three runs in the fifth when former Yankees Alberto Gonzalez and Wil Nieves each singled. Then, Anderson Hernandez dropped a homer just over the left-field wall. It couldn’t have traveled more than 330 feet, and seemed like one of the cheap homers the new Yankee Stadium has been giving up this year. But the bottom of the Nats’ order got it done, and Washington now leads 3-2.

Gonzalez, Nieves and Hernandez have four of the Nats’ six hits tonight. We’ll see if the bullpen can hold onto this one.