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MIAMI -- An ailing Bryce Harper required intravenous fluids before the game, vomited once between innings and repeatedly bent over in discomfort before stepping into the batter's box.
His swing was as robust as ever.
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"I didn't feel very good at all," Harper said. "Getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit."
He made the Marlins dizzy, too, and helped Ross Detwiler earn his first victory of the year. Harper singled in his first two at-bats, doubled and scored in the sixth inning and drove in Washington's final run by beating out an infield hit.
"I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."
Harper went 3 for 3 against Ricky Nolasco and improved to 9 for 20 (.450) against the right-hander. Harper hit two solo home runs off Nolasco on opening day.
"Now it's to the point where I make good pitches and they're still falling," Nolasco said. "Every time I break his bat or make good pitches, they're still hits."
Detwiler (1-0) allowed one run in seven innings, which actually increased his ERA to 0.90. He left his first two starts with the Nationals ahead 5-1 and 4-1, but both times received no decision.
"We have a great bullpen," Detwiler said. "Nobody wants to face the guys we have coming out of the bullpen, so it's really comforting to see those guys jog out."
Detwiler threw a career-high 107 pitches, almost all of them fastballs.
"He should be 3-0," manager Davey Johnson said. "He has been outstanding."
The Nationals, who took two of three games from the Marlins, have won only four of 19 series in Miami since the beginning of 2007. This year Washington is 5-1 against the Marlins and has outscored them 29-13.
The Marlins finished a nine-game homestand with the worst record in the majors at 3-12. They're also last in the majors in runs (32) and homers (three).
Giancarlo Stanton sat out for the sixth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder, but he's expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday in Cincinnati.
Another bright spot for the Marlins: Announced attendance was 22,302. Despite the team's dismal start, crowds have been larger than many expected in the wake of offseason moves that angered fans.
Suzuki connected on a 3-2 pitch leading off the fifth. Harper doubled and scored on LaRoche's single in the sixth to make it 4-1.
"I thought Harper was going to die every time he went up there, and he got another hit," Johnson said. "He didn't have a smile on his face the whole game. But I'll give him off Thursday."
That's because the Nationals have the day off. They open a series at the Mets on Friday.
The Marlins scored a disputed run in the fifth, when Chris Valaika doubled and came home on a two-out single by Donovan Solano. It appeared Suzuki tagged the sliding Valaika just before he touched the plate, and umpire Greg Gibson began to signal out before changing his call to safe.
Johnson briefly argued.
"I said, 'You had it right, and then you changed it,' " Johnson said. "We survived it."
|Bryce Harper puts a cap on a remarkable performance with an RBI single in the ninth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jayson Werth, RF||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||.288|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.381|
|Bryce Harper, LF||5||1||4||1||0||0||2||.364|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.226|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tyler Moore, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.195|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Roger Bernadina, CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.000|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||2||2||2||0||1||0||.360|
|Ross Detwiler, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.000|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Clippard in the 9th|
|2B - Bryce Harper (2, Nolasco)|
|3B - Kurt Suzuki (1, Webb)|
|HR - Kurt Suzuki (2, Nolasco)|
|SF - Kurt Suzuki (1)|
|RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (3), Bryce Harper (11), Adam LaRoche (5), Roger Bernadina (1), Kurt Suzuki 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bryce Harper (3)|
|SB - Ian Desmond (2, 2nd base off Nolasco/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Ian Desmond (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ross Detwiler (W,1-0)||7||7||1||1||0||5||0||0.90|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 107-80, Tyler Clippard 11-8, Rafael Soriano 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 11-6, Rafael Soriano 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 29, Tyler Clippard 3, Rafael Soriano 3|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.207|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.220|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.327|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.133|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.118|
|Chris Valaika, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.313|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.125|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Joe Mahoney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Webb in the 7th|
|2B - Placido Polanco (3, Detwiler), Chris Valaika (3, Detwiler)|
|RBI - Donovan Solano (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Donovan Solano (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Chris Valaika (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ricky Nolasco (L,0-2)||6||7||4||4||0||6||1||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 109-67, Ryan Webb 24-14, Chad Qualls 14-9, Steve Cishek 20-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-7, Chad Qualls 1-1, Steve Cishek 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Ryan Webb 6, Chad Qualls 3, Steve Cishek 6|
|Attendance - 22302|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Jerry Layne|