- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The third time through Miami’s order wasn’t a good one for Nationals starter Tanner Roark on Saturday night.

Roark allowed seven runs in five innings and Miami beat Washington 7-1 to earn a doubleheader split.

The Nationals won the opener 6-4 behind six strong innings from Stephen Strasburg. Right after the final out, Washington announced that Bryce Harper had dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension and would sit out the nightcap for his behavior following an ejection on Monday.

Miami then defeated Roark (2-3) for the third time in the young season.

“I hope that team’s not becoming a nemesis to him. Everybody has a couple teams they have some trouble with,” manager Dusty Baker said. “They hit him pretty hard.”

Roark gave up eight hits and walked three. In 15 innings against Miami this season, he’s allowed 16 runs - 14 earned - on 24 hits.

“Pitching my game. I’m not going to change,” Roark said when asked if his approach has changed against the Marlins. “I’m still going to attack the hitters and go after them.”

Meanwhile, minus Harper and three other regulars, the Nationals managed just five hits against four Marlins pitchers.

Washington had won three in a row, including two straight to open the four-game series with Miami.

Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto each drove in two runs for Miami.

Ozuna had five hits in the doubleheader, including three in the second game, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Justin Bour blasted a solo home run.

Led by Jose Urena (1-0), Miami’s bullpen allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Starter Kendry Flores exited after three innings with a right shoulder strain.

The Marlins led 3-0 when Flores left and tacked on four runs in the fifth for a 7-1 lead.

“We had a couple of chances to get back in the game but they got the hits that we didn’t get,” Baker said.

Urena, the first of four Miami relievers to enter after Flores, allowed one run in three innings.

In the first game, Strasburg (6-0) struck out seven over six innings in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year deal this week. He allowed three runs and five hits.

Jayson Werth’s RBI single capped Washington’s three-run first inning off Justin Nicolino (2-1). Wilson Ramos hit a solo home run in the sixth as five Nationals drove in at least one run.

Harper, the reigning NL MVP, was suspended and fined for his behavior following an ejection in a 5-4 win over Detroit.

After the ejection, pinch-hitter Clint Robinson connected for a winning home run. Harper, who by rule should not have been in the dugout after getting tossed, ran onto the field with his teammates to celebrate, pointed toward home plate umpire Brian Knight and cursed at him.

Harper went 0 for 2 with three walks and a stolen base in the opener.

Christian Yelich homered in the opener for Miami. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 10 and left 10 runners on base in the doubleheader.


Harper’s “Make Baseball Fun Again” campaign resumed with a presidential-themed “MBFA 2016” decal on the bottom of his bat. The slugger used a “100” emoji sticker earlier this season.


Nationals’ reliever Sammy Solis came on after Roark and didn’t allow a run. “He was invaluable,” Baker said. “He pitched three innings and saved the rest of our bullpen.”


Nationals: Washington rested outfielder Jayson Werth, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and shortstop Danny Espinosa in the second game.


Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals. RHP Joe Ross (3-2, 2.29) is scheduled for Washington.

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