MIAMI - Bryce Harper's first two-homer game ended with his latest tantrum.
The quick-tempered rookie was ejected for spiking his helmet in the ninth inning and drew a scolding from manager Davey Johnson, even though he helped the first-place Washington Nationals snap a five-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 8-4 on Wednesday.
Kurt Suzuki hit his first homer since the Nationals acquired him in a trade with the Oakland Athletics earlier this month, leading off the ninth with a drive off Heath Bell.
Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Clippard celebrate after the last out of the Washington Nationals’ 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday
Washington first-base coach Trent Jewett argues with umpire C.B. Bucknor after Bryce Harper was ejected in the ninth inning.
The homer was Suzuki's first in the National League.
Later in the ninth, Harper grounded into a double play, and after he crossed the bag he angrily threw his helmet to the ground - it nearly hit first-base umpire C.B. Bucknor, who ejected him.
"Bryce couldn't control his emotions again," Johnson said. "I had a little chat with him. He'll get over it. He's just a hundred-percenter. He expects great things out of himself, breaks bats, throws his helmet. He's just got to stop it. We can't afford to be losing him in a ballgame. He'll learn. He's young."
Harper's most notorious outburst came in May, when he slammed his bat against the side of a tunnel and the barrel smacked off the wall and hit him just above the left eye, causing a gash that needed 10 stitches.
The 19-year-old was unhurt but sheepish after the latest incident.
"I shouldn't have done it, but I don't like hitting into double plays," Harper said. "I just need to stop getting mad and live with it. I just need to grow up in that mentality a little bit and try not to bash stuff in. I've always done it my whole life. Things need to change."
Harper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the fifth, giving him 14 this season.
"That ballclub is in first place for a reason," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of the NL East leaders. "They can hit."
Ross Detwiler (8-6) permitted three runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Jacob Turner (0-2) allowed five runs in five innings.