Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Marlins may never want the month of May to end.
Anibal Sanchez continued his dominance over the Nationals, Greg Dobbs lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning and Hanley Ramirez smacked two hits, including a solo homer, as the Marlins set a new franchise record for the most wins in a month with a 3-1 win over Washington in the middle installment of a three-game set.
After skidding to an 8-14 start in April, Miami has erased its early struggles with a major league-best 20-8 record in May. The 20 wins surpasses the previous mark of 19 set in August of 1997, the year the Marlins won their first World Series.
Sanchez (3-3) fanned five and was charged with an unearned run on three hits in seven innings. He improved to 8-0 in his career against the Nationals.
Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to nine games with a triple in the sixth inning, while Edwin Jackson (1-3) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings for Washington.