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WASHINGTON -- With that familiar slow delivery -- reaching both hands behind his head -- and that familiar biting sinker, Chien-Ming Wang is looking more and more like the pitcher who twice won 19 games in a season for the Yankees.

Except now, at long last healthy again, Wang is with the Washington Nationals, and he'd like to stay with the club that gave him a chance to return to the majors.

Making the longest start of his comeback from surgery on his pitching shoulder, Wang left with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday, and rookie Chris Marrero drove in two runs, helping Washington edge the Florida Marlins 4-3.

"I really appreciate their patience the last two years. Hopefully in the future I can win more games for them," Wang said through an interpreter. "Hopefully I can come back here, but the decision is made by the team. But personally, I would like to come back."

Wang (3-3) gave up three runs and six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in his 6 2/3 innings.

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"The main thing is he's starting to trust that he's healthy. He's throwing more quality pitches," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He's getting more confidence it's going to hold up. That was a severe injury."

This game marked Wang's 10th appearance -- one had lasted 6 1/3 innings -- since returning to the big leagues on July 29, exactly two years after his right shoulder operation. Until then, he hadn't been on a mound in the majors since July 4, 2009, when he was with New York.

Just as when he was dominating AL batters for the Yankees, Wang got groundball out after groundball out Sunday: Only four of the 20 outs he recorded were flyballs.

"Each time he's toed that rubber, he's gotten a little better. It's turning into a pretty good success story for him," Nationals outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "If he just came back and pitched, that would be pretty awesome. To come back and pitch at this level and have success, that's icing on the cake."

Wang hadn't won a game since Aug. 16 against the Cincinnati Reds, going 0-1 in five starts since.

But the right-hander was much better Sunday. He allowed runs on Gaby Sanchez's fifth-inning solo shot and Brett Hayes' two-run homer in the seventh -- both liners to left that barely cleared the wall.

"Kept the hitters off balance. Changed speeds well," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "I think it's a good sign for the Nationals. Maybe this guy next year is part of their rotation and can come back and pitch like he did when he was with the Yankees."

Wang made it sound as if he'd like to be in Washington in 2012.

He's playing under a one-year contract that was worth $1 million plus incentives for 2011. He also got a one-year deal in 2010, but didn't make it back to the big leagues last season.

After Hayes' homer pulled Florida to 4-3, Wang departed to a partial standing ovation. Tyler Clippard got the next four outs, and closer Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 38th save in 43 chances.

At this point of the season, the only thing truly at stake for either the Nationals or Marlins is avoiding a last-place finish in the NL East, so some individual players are keen to make an impression with next year in mind.

Wang did exactly that, as did first baseman Marrero.

Florida rookie Brad Hand (1-8), meanwhile, lost his fifth consecutive start, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in four innings.

Marrero's sacrifice fly in the second made it 1-0, and Washington scored three in the fourth.

With two on, Espinosa lined a single to center, and the ball hopped over the glove of hard-charging center fielder Bryan Petersen and kept bouncing and rolling for several feet.

By the time Petersen corralled it, two runs had scored and Espinosa was on third. Espinosa entered the game with 60 RBIs as a rookie, but none since Sept. 4. Marrero followed with a ground-rule double that made it 4-0.

"I've worked my whole life to get to the big leagues," Marrero said. "I'm here, and I just want to keep moving up and keep doing my thing."

Notes

After a day off Monday, the Nationals open a four-game series at the NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies with a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, a result of an Aug. 14 rainout. ... Washington will start a pair of LHPs in the doubleheader, Ross Detwiler and rookie Tommy Milone -- and the Phillies are 30-11 against lefties this season, including 16-4 at home. ... Detwiler is still seeking his first career road win; he is 0-9 in 18 appearances on the road, including 12 starts. ... Sunday's game closed an 11-game, 10-day road trip to four cities for the Marlins; they went 6-5. It was their first four-city trip since June 2005. ... On Monday, Florida opens a three-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins are only 4-11 against the Braves this season. Florida will start RHP Ricky Nolasco in the series opener, while Atlanta sends LHP Mike Minor to the mound.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

C. Wang
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 3
BB 0
K 5
Florida

B. Hayes
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, LF4010021 .288
Omar Infante, 2B4000001 .276
Mike Stanton, RF4010020 .264
Greg Dobbs, 3B4000002 .277
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4111010 .265
Bryan Petersen, CF4110020 .268
Donnie Murphy, SS3000001 .177
Brett Hayes, C3112010 .221
Brad Hand, P1010000 .118
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .286
   a- John Baker, PH1000000 .286
    Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
   b- Vinny Rottino, PH1000000 .111
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
Totals3336308  
a-grounded out for Badenhop in the 6th
b-grounded out for Ceda in the 7th
Batting
HR - Gaby Sanchez (19, Wang), Brett Hayes (4, Wang)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (75), Brett Hayes 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Hayes 2 (10)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Omar Infante (7, Misplayed grounder), Bryan Petersen (2, Misplayed grounder(Ground rule))
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Hand (L,1-8) 4543150 4.20
Burke Badenhop 1000000 3.94
Jose Ceda 1000020 4.91
Ryan Webb 2000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hand 74-49, Burke Badenhop 13-9, Jose Ceda 14-10, Ryan Webb 17-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hand 2-5, Burke Badenhop 4-0, Ryan Webb 3-2
Batters Faced - Brad Hand 18, Burke Badenhop 4, Jose Ceda 3, Ryan Webb 6
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS4000010 .247
Jayson Werth, CF4000010 .230
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4120000 .289
Michael Morse, LF3100102 .302
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Jonny Gomes, RF3110022 .211
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Roger Bernadina, LF0000000 .242
Danny Espinosa, 2B3111011 .234
Chris Marrero, 1B2012000 .280
Jesus Flores, C3000010 .231
Chien-Ming Wang, P2000011 .000
    Rick Ankiel, RF1000010 .246
Totals2945318  
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (21, Hand, Hand), Jonny Gomes (11, Hand), Chris Marrero (4, Hand)
SF - Chris Marrero (3)
RBI - Danny Espinosa (61), Chris Marrero 2 (9)
Team LOB - 3
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chien-Ming Wang (W,3-3) 6.2633052 4.31
Tyler Clippard (H,35) 1.1000020 1.84
Drew Storen (S,38) 1000010 2.94
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 93-60, Tyler Clippard 21-14, Drew Storen 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 7-8, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Drew Storen 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 26, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26581
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Wally Bell