Sep 17, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Harper’s Homer Leads Nats to Victory

A first inning home run from Bryce Harper provided all of  the offense for the Nats 3-2 victory over the Marlins.  Gio Gonzalez and the bullpen were able to hold on to the lead for the diehard Nats.

The Marlins were able to get on the board early against Gio Gonzalez on Ed Lucas‘s RBI single in the top of the first inning.

Bryce Harper’s 20th home run of the season to right center gave the Nats a 3-1 lead to end the first.

The Marlins were able to score another run on Justin Ruggiano‘s RBI double in the sixth, but that would be all for the night.
Gio picked up his 11th win of the season.  He allowed seven hits, two walks, two earned runs, and stuck out three over six innings of work.
Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard pitched scoreless innings, and Rafeal Soriano earned his 42nd save.
The win improves the Nationals record to 82-71 and five games back of a wild card spot. The Nats will try to close that gap tomorrow by sending Jordan Zimmermann to the mound to face the Marlin’s Jacob Turner.

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