Nats down the Marlins 5-3, take first series game

The Washington Nationals started off their four game weekend series against the Miami Marlins with a 5-3 win.  The win was powered by the long ball, with home runs from Stephen Drew, Bryce Harper, and Chris Heisey.

Down 2-0 in the sixth inning, Stephen Drew, with an opportunity to bat as a pinch hitter, hit a two run home run in the sixth inning to even the score at 2-2.  That scored would stay knotted one inning.  In the seventh inning, Anthony Rendon drew a leaks, which forced Miami to pitch to Bryce Harper.  After accusing walk after walk, Harper took advantage of the pitches, and blasted a two run shot that gave the nationals a 4-2 lead int he seventh inning.  After the Marlins grabbed one bad in the eighth inning, Chris Heisey added his fourth home run of the season, another an off the bench shot to cap off the scoring and given the Nationals the insurance run it needed.  Jonathan Papelbon closed out he ninth inning with his 10th save of the season.  The win was recorded by Blake Treinen, who improved to 3-1 out of the bullpen.

Goo Gonzalez tossed 5 innings and allowed 6 hits and 2 runs, which both were unearned.  He fanned 7 Marlin batters.  The bullpen was extremely effective, again. Yuesmeiro Petit, Oliver Perez, Blake Treinen, Felipe Riviera, and Papelbon combined for 4 innings of one run baseball, to if the Nats to the win.  Treinen improved to 3-1 and gained the win.

In the game, Harper was walked twice, but still went 2 for 2 with a single and a home run.  He improved his batting average to .278 and smacked his 11th home run of the season.

Tanner Roark takes the mound tomorrow against Justin Nicolino tomorrow at 1:05PM.