WASHINGTON (AP) - Brad Hand's spot start against the Washington Nationals didn't go well for him or the Miami Marlins.
Hand allowed seven runs in 3 2-3 innings, and gave up six hits and six walks in the Marlins' 7-4 loss to the Nationals in the opener of a doubleheader on Friday.
``It was a hard game, a hard night,' Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Marlins lost third baseman Donnie Murphy to a strained left hamstring in the seventh inning and were forced to use Justin Ruggiano, who had been out with back spasms. Murphy is considered day-to-day.
``We got some more guys injured,' Guillen said.
Adam LaRoche homered and drove in three runs, Mark DeRosa added three RBIS, and John Lannan pitched into the seventh inning for the Nationals.
LaRoche had a first-inning RBI single, a third-inning home run, and a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. He has an 11-game hitting streak and is batting .463 over that stretch.
DeRosa, who missed nearly two months because of an oblique injury, doubled his RBI total for the season with a two-run single in the first-inning and a bases-loaded walk in the fourth.
The Nationals scored all seven runs off Hand (0-1), who had been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Hand, 1-9 in his career, was scheduled to return to the minors after the game.
``Hard to tell going in what to expect because you don't know what he is going to bring,' Guillen said. ``He was a little wild and got behind on the hitters.
``If you are going to pitch in the big leagues you have to throw strikes.'
LaRoche's RBI single and DeRosa's two-run single gave Washington a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first. LaRoche's 21st home run in the third made it 4-1, and the Nationals added three runs in the fourth on bases-loaded walks to LaRoche and DeRosa, and a single by Tyler Moore.
``I was that close to being out of the first inning,' Hand said.
Lannan (2-0), recalled on July 21 for another doubleheader start, allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings. After walking five and striking out four, Lannan was slated to be sent back to Triple-A Syracuse following the game.
Miami scored two runs off Lannan to start the seventh and loaded the bases against Drew Storen in the eighth, but Storen struck out Ruggiano, and Michael Gonzalez fanned Bryan Petersen.
Gonzalez allowed two hits and a run to start the ninth, and Tyler Clippard came in to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Miami scored a run in the first. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a walk, Donovan Solano singled, and Jose Reyes bunted for a hit to load the bases. Bonifacio scored when Carlos Lee hit into a double play.
NOTES: Reyes extended his hitting streak to 21 games. ... The Nationals acquired C Kurt Suzuki from Oakland for minor league C David Freitas. Washington manager Davey Johnson expects Suzuki to report in time for Saturday's game. To make room on the 40-man roster, Washington designated C Carlos Maldonado for assignment. ... The Marlins called up RHP Chris Hatcher to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader. Hatcher pitched two scoreless innings in the opener.
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