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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper watches after hitting a triple during the first inning of Monday's game against the Miami Marlins in Miami.
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper watches after hitting a triple during the first inning of Monday's game against the Miami Marlins in Miami.
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MIAMI — Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 win over the Miami Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row.


Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington. He has batted .520 over his past seven games to boost his average to .348.


Catcher Sandy Leon hit his first career home run, while Tyler Moore also homered and had an RBI single. Anthony Rendon drove in three runs with a double and a triple, and Danny Espinosa doubled and tripled for two of the Nationals’ 11 extra-base hits.


Zimmermann (1-0), who lasted only 1 2-3 innings when he gave up five runs against Miami last week, became the first Nationals starter to go seven innings this season. He allowed two runs, struck out seven and lowered his ERA from 8.10 to 5.27.


The right-hander tied the Nationals record of 44 career victories set by Livan Hernandez.


Zimmermann also had two of the Nationals’ season-high 16 hits. They improved to 4-0 this year against the Marlins and have outscored them 31-10.


Washington started fast against Brad Hand after being swept in a three-game series at Atlanta last weekend. Jayson Werth missed a home run by inches when he doubled off the top of the wall with two out in the first, and Harper followed with an RBI single.


Orioles 7, Rays 1


BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles got their offense back on track against Chris Archer in a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.


Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.


In this one, Baltimore built a 6-0 lead over the first three innings and coasted to the finish. The Orioles had 13 hits, including five doubles.


It was by far the worst of Archer’s 30 big league starts. The seven runs and 12 hits he allowed were both career highs, and his ERA jumped from 1.38 to 4.50.


Cervelli to DL


NEW YORK — The Yankees say X-rays on the right hand of catcher Brian McCann were negative.


David Phelps hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch in the eighth inning of New York’s 3-2 win over Boston on Sunday night, and the ball deflected off McCann’s right index finger. McCann stayed in the game.


Catcher Francisco Cervelli, playing at first base because of injuries to others, left in the fourth inning after getting hurt running to first. While originally called out, Cervelli was ruled safe after a video review — giving New York its third run of the game.


Cervelli had an MRI that showed a grade 2 right hamstring strain, and New York said he will be put on the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, a move that will be retroactive to Monday.


Pitcher Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s game.


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