MLB: Washington 7, Miami 4 (1st game)

Aug. 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4, homered and drove in three runs Friday, powering Washington to a 7-4 win over Miami in the first game of a doubleheader.

LaRoche's RBI in first inning tied the game 1-1 and he scored on Mark DeRosa's two-run hit later in the frame, putting the Nationals ahead for good.

The Washington first baseman socked a solo homer in the third and drove in another run with a bases-loaded walk as the Nationals broke the game open with three more runs in the fourth.

De Rosa finished with three RBI as the National League East-leading Nats took the opener of a four-game series.

John Lannan (2-0) yielded three runs on four hits over six innings, overcoming five walks to earn the victory.

Tyler Clippard picked up his 22nd save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Marlins starter Brad Hand (0-1) was roughed up in his first appearance of the season, allowing six walks in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander was rocked for seven runs on six hits.

Emilio Bonifacio and Brett Hayes knocked in runs for Miami.

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