at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, March 7 Marlins at the plate: Dallas McPherson's home run in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and provided the winning margin. Hanley Ramirez doubled to lead off the first and Jeremy Hermida's RBI double opened the scoring. In the second inning, the Marlins made it 2-0 when Alejandro De Aza tripled and scored when Cameron Maybin reached on shortstop Cristian Guzman's error. Maybin was credited with an RBI on the sharp grounder that went through Guzman. Nationals at the plate: Nick Johnson had a single and two doubles. Pete Orr, meanwhile, added a triple and double and scored a run. Orr opened the third with a triple and scored on Guzman's RBI groundout. In the second, Johnson singled and went to second on a wild pitch. He tried to score on Wil Nieves' single to right, but he was thrown out at the plate by Hermida. In the fifth inning, Guzman notched his second RBI groundout.
The Nationals on Saturday play the Astros at Kissimmee, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Tim Redding starts for Washington, while Felipe Paulino goes for Houston.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.