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Javier Vazquez Continues To Struggle, Jason Marquis Leads Nationals To Win: Braves Cup Of Coffee

Recapping the news and scores for May 15:

Marlins starter Javier Vazquez may be seeing his career drawing to a close. He allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings to the Nationals on Sunday, upping his ERA to 7.55. Vazquez will make his next scheduled start on Friday, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's pitching for his job in that one.

Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton is 5-13 in his last four games, including two doubles, two homers and four RBIs. The increased power lately has upped his SLG to .508, but he has just 12 walks on the season.

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup on Sunday following a day off due to pink eye. He went 0-4 with a strikeout in the 7-4 Mets win.

Phillies starter Roy Oswalt threw a successful bullpen on Sunday and is scheduled to return to the mound against the Cardinals on Tuesday (link).

Mets 7, Astros 4
(NYM) Justin Turner: 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
(NYM) Chris Capuano: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

- The Mets improved to 19-21.
- Turner appears to have earned himself a job at second base with another solid day. He has a hit in seven of his past eight games. He is 8-22 over that stretch with a double, homer and eight RBIs.
- Aneury Rodriguez actually carried a no-hitter into the fifth for the Astros, but things fell apart as he allowed seven runs total between the fifth and sixth.

Nationals 8, Marlins 4
(WAS) Jason Marquis: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
(WAS) Ivan Rodriguez: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI

- The Nationals improved to 19-21 while the Marlins fell to 23-16.
- Marquis did it all for the Nationals, lowering his ERA to 3.54 while raising his batting average to .333.
- Roger Bernadina is beginning to turn things on in place of Rick Ankiel, going 2-4 with an RBI and walk, and going 7-15 in his last four games.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.