VIERA, Fla. -- Doug Fister made a solid debut for the Nationals in a 10-3 victory over the Marlins at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Nationals are now 3-0 under new manager Matt Williams.
The score was tied at 3-3 when Washington went ahead to stay in the fifth inning against right-hander Bryan Evans. Nate McLouth led off with a single and scored on a triple by Jeff Kobnerus. Ian Desmond followed with a groundout, but Kobernus scored on the play to make it 5-3.
Marlins starter Brad Hand went two innings, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
Up next: The Nationals travel to Tampa on Monday to play the Yankees. Ross Detwiler will get the start and pitch at least two innings. The Nationals are hoping that he mixes his pitches. Last year, Detwiler threw his fastball 88 percent of the time. Tanner Roark, who is also competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, is expected to pitch in the game.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less