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Marlins end scoring drought in 3rd game of season

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 4:51pm  ET

Miami Marlins' Casey Kotchman breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Miami Marlins have ended their season-opening scoreless streak at 19 innings, finally getting on the board in Game 3 against the Washington Nationals on Justin Ruggiano's homer.

After losing their first two games to Washington by a combined score of 5-0, the Marlins got someone home with Ruggiano's shot to right field off Jordan Zimmermann leading off the second inning Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals began the 1943 season with 26 scoreless innings against Cincinnati, the post-1900 major league record, according to STATS LLC.

The Marlins have a payroll that's under $45 million this season after trading away several top players, including Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez. As it is, last season, they only batted .244 and averaged 3.8 runs.


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