Wang, Espinosa lead Nationals past Marlins 4-3
- Brett Hayes fields the throw as Jonny Gomes scores for the Nats, Sunday. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chien-Ming Wang had the longest start of his comeback from shoulder surgery, pitching into the seventh inning, and Danny Espinosa delivered his first RBI in two weeks, helping the Washington Nationals edge the Florida Marlins 4-3 Sunday.
The only thing truly at stake for either club is avoiding a last-place finish in the NL East, but some individual players are keen to make an impression with next year in mind, and Wang (3-3) looked good for much of the afternoon in earning his first win in more than a month.
The right-hander 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. Wang gave up six hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter in 6 2-3 innings.
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