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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper homered twice and Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless frames as the Washington Nationals began their NL East title defense with a 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

Harper became the first reigning NL rookie of the year to hit a home run on Opening Day of the following season since Ryan Howard did so for the Phillies in 2006.

He recorded the third multi-homer game in his brief career and second against the Marlins, after a similar effort last Aug. 29, and became the third defending ROY with two homers in the first game of a season -- joining Raul Mondesi (1995, Dodgers) and Carlton Fisk (1973, Boston).

Strasburg (1-0) ended up allowing three hits and fanned three, needing only 80 pitches to complete his outing.

Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano followed suit in the ninth to record his first save for the Nats.