JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Now that Jason Marquis is healthy again, his statistics look a lot better, too.
Marquis pitched four scoreless innings Wednesday to help the Washington Nationals beat the Florida Marlins 8-4.
Marquis gave up two hits and one walk while striking out three, getting the win. The right-hander, who went 2-9 during an injury-plagued 2010, has yet to allow a run in seven spring training innings.
"It's not really the results I'm happy about," he said. "Obviously I'll take it. But I'm making my pitches - down in the zone with good arm speed and action. That's what you're looking for."
An All-Star with Colorado in 2009, Marquis signed a $15 million, two-year contract with the Nationals. But an elbow injury limited him to 13 starts last year, and he had an ERA of 6.60.
He has been much more efficient in spring training, averaging only 10 pitches per inning.
"If I could bring that to each outing, that's what you're looking for," he said. "I'm just trying to build on each start and focus on my strength, which is to pound the strike zone early with my sinker and go from there."
Danny Espinosa homered and drove in four runs for Washington, hiking his average to .455. Michael Morse had two hits to improve his average to .435 for the Nationals, who had 11 hits and are batting .304.
Javier Vazquez pitched the first four innings, allowed one run and was the loser. The Marlins newcomer said he was mindful he'll likely face the NL East rival Nationals several times during the regular season.
"I want to get them out, but I don't want to show them everything," Vazquez said. "On some occasions I'm thinking that during the season, maybe I want to throw a different pitch there, so I don't do that."
Marquis said he and Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez were also thinking about the regular-season meetings between teams.
"I'm working on things and getting a feel for what their hitters want to do," he said. "Pudge is getting a feel for the hitters and seeing what they're doing in the box. We'll stick it in the back of our minds, and hopefully we can pull out our bag of tricks if we need it."
|Roger Bernadina, CF||3||2||1||0||0||2||2||.316|
|Jonathan Van Every, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||3||2||3||4||0||0||0||.455|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Laynce Nix, RF-CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.308|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Chris Marrero, 1B||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.455|
|a- Michael Aubrey, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Michael Morse, LF||3||0||2||0||1||1||1||.435|
|Jeff Frazier, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.455|
|Matt Stairs, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.300|
|b- Bryce Harper, PH-DH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.357|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Jesus Flores, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Alex Cora, SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.400|
|c- Brian Bixler, PH-SS||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.538|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 3B||3||2||2||0||1||0||1||.333|
|a-flied out for Marrero in the 9th|
|b-singled for Stairs in the 7th|
|c-singled for Cora in the 7th|
|2B - Danny Espinosa (2, Vazquez), Michael Morse (2, Vazquez), Alberto Gonzalez (2, Vazquez)|
|HR - Danny Espinosa (2, Dunn)|
|SF - Laynce Nix (1)|
|SH - Roger Bernadina (1)|
|RBI - Danny Espinosa 4 (10), Laynce Nix (2), Chris Marrero (2), Bryce Harper (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (6), Bryce Harper (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Espinosa-Cora-LaRoche|
|Jason Marquis (W,1-0)||4||2||0||0||1||3||0||0.00|
|Todd Coffey (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Craig Stammen (H,1)||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.50|
|Doug Slaten (H,2)||1||3||3||3||0||1||2||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 23-19, Todd Coffey 9-9, Craig Stammen 8-8, Doug Slaten 11-8, Tim Wood 12-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-1, Craig Stammen 3-2, Doug Slaten 1-1, Tim Wood 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 14, Todd Coffey 3, Craig Stammen 6, Doug Slaten 6, Tim Wood 6|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Josh Kroeger, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.375|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.375|
|Ozzie Martinez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Logan Morrison, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Chris Lubanski, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|John Buck, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.235|
|Brett Hayes, C||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||.100|
|Wes Helms, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.182|
|Ruben Gotay, 1B||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.364|
|John Baker, DH||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH-DH||2||1||2||3||0||0||0||.556|
|Matt Dominguez, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.353|
|Donnie Murphy, RF||2||1||1||1||0||0||2||.231|
|Scott Cousins, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.250|
|a-homered for Baker in the 8th|
|2B - Dewayne Wise (2, Marquis), Omar Infante (3, Marquis)|
|HR - Greg Dobbs (1, Slaten), Donnie Murphy (1, Slaten)|
|RBI - Greg Dobbs 3 (4), Donnie Murphy (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Dewayne Wise 1|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Infante-Helms, Vazquez-H. Ramirez-Helms|
|E - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Missed catch of throw), Josh Kroeger (1, Throwing)|
|Javier Vazquez (L,0-1)||4||4||1||1||0||3||0||2.57|
|HBP - Espinosa (by Javier Vazquez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 22-21, Mike Dunn 8-4, Ryan Webb 9-5, Randy Choate 9-9, Brian Sanches 9-5, Frank Mata 7-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-1, Mike Dunn 1-1, Ryan Webb 2-0, Randy Choate 1-1, Brian Sanches 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 16, Mike Dunn 5, Ryan Webb 4, Randy Choate 7, Brian Sanches 6, Frank Mata 3|
|Attendance - 2693|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Fran Burke, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - James Hoye|