Fister shines, Espinosa homers twice in Nats' win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014
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VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Doug Fister pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings in only his second spring training start and Danny Espinosa hit two home runs, his second a game-ending shot that lifted the Washington Nationals to a 6-5 win over a Miami Marlins' split-squad Saturday.

Fister, who was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow following his March 2 spring debut, struck out four and only allowed two hits.

"It's knocking a little bit of the rust off, but everything felt really good," Fister said. "It's really good to get out there and feel good. All the work we've been putting in — the trainers, the pitching coaches, everybody — it's paying off. We're on the right track."

Fister has one more Grapefruit League start to make before it will be determined whether he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Nationals manager Matt Williams was encouraged by Fister's outing.

"I would say he's right on schedule," Williams said. "I talked to him immediately after the game. He said he felt good. No issues. Next time out, we'll try to get him to 60 (pitches), maybe just a tick above."

Marcel Ozuna hit solo homer off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano and drove in two runs for the Marlins. Donovan Solano also had two RBIs.

Espinosa's first home run came immediately after a solo shot by Adam LaRoche in the eighth inning.

"We can tell him all day long that he's right on, that he's right where he needs to be, but it helps when they fall in . or over," Williams said.

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