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Bill Ladson

Fister earns win with strong effort out of bullpen

Fister earns win with strong effort out of bullpen

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Doug Fister came out of the bullpen and picked up the win in the Nationals' 7-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

It was Fister's first win since July 29 against the Marlins. It was also his first win as a reliever this year. Fister lost his spot in the rotation to Joe Ross and was assigned to a long-relief role on Aug. 6.

Fister replaced right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning after Strasburg exited with back tightness. Fister pitched two shutout innings and kept Washington in the game.

Nats take lead with three in 5th

The Nats rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. By the time Fister left the game, the Nationals had a three-run lead thanks to a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Clint Robinson.

"I felt a lot better lately," Fister said. "I was able to locate and … it just feels good to be back to normal. It's a blessing for me. Guys were playing defense today and making some great plays. That's what we need."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.