Dan Haren , who is off to an underwhelming start, hopes for a similar result when he gets the ball Tuesday night against the lowly Marlins.
The Nationals (8-5) got off to a fast start by winning seven of their first nine games before being humbled by Atlanta over the weekend. Washington was outscored 18-5 in getting swept in a three-game home series.
The Nationals were able to quickly put that disappointment behind them by pounding out a season-high 16 hits in Monday's 10-3 win in Miami."It's nice to have success, especially after that series we just came from," said Ian Desmond , who went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles after totaling two hits against the Braves.
The game quickly got out of hand as Jordan Zimmermann retired the first 10 batters, and the score was 8-0 before the Marlins had a baserunner. Zimmermann pitched a six-hitter for his second career complete game and Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run and drove in four.
Zimmerman is 7 for 15 (.467) with seven RBIs against the Marlins (2-11), whom the Nationals swept in a season-opening series.
Haren's turn in the rotation didn't come up in that series, and this time he'll hope to take advantage of a Miami lineup that could be without Giancarlo Stanton (bruised left shoulder) for a fifth straight game.
The slugger plans to take batting practice Tuesday and said he might even play, although later in the week is more likely."It's not fun to watch," Stanton said. "I'd rather be participating."
After serving up four homers and surrendering six runs in a 15-0 loss to Cincinnati in his Washington debut, Haren (1-1, 9.00 ERA) gave up three runs and 10 hits over five innings in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The veteran right-hander has yet to issue a walk but is allowing opponents to hit .413."I've kind of shown flashes of how I can be," the three-time All-Star said, "but haven't really put it all together yet."
He would seem to have a better shot of putting together a decent outing against a Marlins team that ranks last in the majors in runs (23), homers (two) and slugging percentage (.262).
Despite going without a homer for the ninth consecutive game, which ties the franchise record set by the 1993 expansion team, Miami manager Mike Redmond said he saw signs of improvement in the opener."I felt we had much better swings than we've had in the last few days," he said. "Hopefully that's something we can grow on."
Some semblance of an offense would certainly make things easier for scheduled starter Alex Sanabia (1-1, 4.91).
Sanabia was working on his second straight scoreless outing Wednesday against Atlanta before being tagged for six runs in the fifth, his final inning. The righty had thrown 10 consecutive shutout innings before getting roughed up.
Sanabia, who spent last season in the minors, is 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA in three career starts against the Nationals - all coming in 2010.
Haren has a 1.19 ERA in his last three starts against the Marlins, but hasn't faced them since 2010, while with Arizona.
|April 14, 2013||Wilson Ramos||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 22, 2013||Christian Garcia||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm tendon|
|April 13, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Groin|
|April 12, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 31, 2013||Alfredo Silverio||60-Day DL||Sprained right elbow|
|March 31, 2013||Logan Morrison||60-Day DL||Recovery from right knee surgery|
MIAMI (AP) -- The gaudy sculpture in left field swung into motion and lit up like a carnival ride as Miami Marlins fans cheered the rare spectacle.
Home run, home team.
Adeiny Hechavarria ended a pair of home run droughts with a three-run shot that helped Miami beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night.
"I was beginning to think that the home run sculpture out there wasn't plugged in," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm glad that it's working."
The offensively challenged Marlins (3-11) began the game with the worst record in the majors, but broke out of a batting slump in the fourth inning with four runs, more than they had scored in all but one game.
Hechavarria's homer was the Marlins' first at home this season, and it ended a nine-game home run drought that had tied the 20-year-old franchise record.
"When I hit the ball, I knew it was out of the ballpark," Hechavarria said. "It was a great feeling."
A throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman - his fourth in five games - preceded the homer and led to four unearned runs.
Miami's Justin Ruggiano had two hits and three RBIs, Greg Dobbs contributed a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring single, and Juan Pierre totaled three hits and hiked his average to .222.
Redmond said the homer provided the kick-start the Marlins needed.
"We've been waiting for a big hit for a while," he said. "We knew it was going to come. We didn't know who it was going to come from.
"It was big for everybody. I think for everybody, it was like, `All right, here we go' - a nice sigh and a little bit of relief."
Alex Sanabia (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings, and two relievers completed an eight-hitter.
The Nationals had been 4-0 against the Marlins this season, outscoring them 21-4.
"Nice to beat those guys," Redmond said. "They've kind of had their way with us so far this year. Nice to put a big number on them."
Dan Haren (1-2) gave up seven runs, three earned, in 4 1-3 innings. He retired nine in a row before Zimmerman's error.
"Up to that point I was rolling, but I have to pick the guy up," Haren said. "That's part of baseball. They pick me up, I pick them up. I'm sure he feels bad about the home run, but I have to be able to pick him up."
As a tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the crowd of 16,200 sang along to "Sweet Caroline" before the bottom of the eighth inning. The song has been featured at Red Sox home games since 2002.
Both teams were short-handed, and the Nationals played without three regulars. Bryce Harper and Denard Span sat out with flu-like symptoms, and second baseman Danny Espinosa remained sidelined by a bruised right hand.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton sat out for the fifth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder. He took batting practice and said he felt better, and might rejoin the lineup Wednesday.
Redmond tweaked the Miami lineup, and Chris Coghlan batted leadoff for the first time since 2011, with Pierre dropped to second in the order. The Marlins responded with a season-high run total and 11 hits.
The Marlins had help. The game was scoreless in the fourth when Placido Polanco reached with one out on the latest wild throw by Zimmerman, who underwent right shoulder surgery last offseason.
"The shoulder feels great," Zimmerman said. "That's why it's so frustrating. It's just a matter of me sticking with it and not mentally getting frustrated."
Following the error, singles by Dobbs and Ruggiano scored the first run. Hechavarria, who turned 24 Tuesday, hit a two-out homer.
"I would prefer it happened Monday," he said with a smile, "but I'll take it."
The rookie shortstop finished 1 for 4, hiking his average to .184. The homer was his first and the team's third.
Washington scored twice in the sixth on doubles by Adam LaRoche , Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi .
NOTES: After the game, the Marlins optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Triple-A New Orleans. 1B Joe Mahoney will be reinstated from the disabled list Wednesday. ... Marlins reserve OF Austin Kearns received clearance to play after missing two games and undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat. He struck out pinch-hitting in the sixth. ... The Marlins still have no saves. ... The Nationals' Roger Bernadina reached second base in the fifth inning when Sanabia fielded his tapper and threw wildly, but Bernadina was ruled out for running inside the first-base line.