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The game marked the return of Ryan Zimmerman to third base as he continues to nurse a sore right shoulder. He batted 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Rendon and Denard Span had a pair of hits each and scored three runs between them.

Marlins starter Brad Hand (0-0, 3.24 ERA) lasted just into the fourth inning with the three runs allowed on Harper’s long home run. Miami’s bullpen was not up to the challenge and the Nats improved to 6-2. Early in the season, they are in first place and a game ahead of the Marlins (5-3) and Atlanta Braves (5-3) in the NL East.

“With this lineup that we have, it’s going to be tough to pin them down for nine innings,” Zimmermann said. “They’re going to score some runs, and tonight was one of those nights where we needed a bunch of runs and they came through. [Werth‘s] home run there at the end was pretty special.”