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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