JUPITER, Fla. - Heath Bell pitched a hitless inning to earn his first save for the Miami Marlins, who beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday.
Bell, who signed a $27 million, three-year contract with the Marlins over the winter, struck out two and walked none.
Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 1-3 innings to become the first Miami starter to reach the seventh this spring. He allowed nine hits, but limited the Nationals to one run.
Washington outhit the Marlins 11 to eight but all 11 hits were singles.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez recovered from a rough first inning for the Nationals and struck out six batters in five innings. He was charged with three runs _ all in the first _ and seven hits.
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