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Scherzer pitches 7 innings as Nationals top Marlins 3-2

The Washington Nationals savored their latest victory a bit more than most, mainly because it was a complete performance quite literally from beginning to end.

Max Scherzer did his part as the starting pitcher, and newcomers Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle finished up . Bryce Harper and pinch-hitter extraordinaire Adam Lind also played major roles in a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

In his first appearance since an injury-abbreviated start six days earlier, Scherzer struck out nine and gave up two runs over seven innings. In his previous outing, the right-hander was pulled after one inning with neck spasms.

"It wasn't bothering me...