Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/27/12
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Reyes had two hits and 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. Coming off his worst start of the spring, Gonzalez threw 28 pitches in the first, yielding three hits and a walk. He eventually settled down and allowed four hits over his final four innings, retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced. He threw 81 pitches, 53 for strikes. Gonzalez, Washington's No. 2 starter, allowed eight runs over 3 2-3 innings on Thursday against the Cardinals. Austin Kearns hit a two-run double in the first inning. He went 2 for 4 and is batting .364 with a team-high nine RBIs this spring. Gaby Sanchez singled in Jose Reyes for Miami's first run of the game. Gonzalez was an All-Star last year with Oakland, going 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts. He was acquired in a trade on Dec. 23.
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