Nationals get 'big' victory

The Associated PressApril 18, 2009 

A Washington Nationals starting pitcher finally left a game in 2009 with his head held high, getting a standing ovation from fans sitting near the home dugout and fist bumps and backslaps from teammates.

Not coincidentally, the Nationals finally won a game in 2009.

Shairon Martis threw 6 1/3 solid innings and the Nationals avoided setting a club record for most consecutive losses to start a season by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Thursday night.

"Just to get in the win column," Josh Willingham said, "is big."

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