Dan Haren’s final March start mimicked how his entire spring training unfolded. He had easy stretches and bad moments, and it ended with him feeling good despite rough results.

Haren became the first Nationals starter to put a bow on his preseason tune-ups today as he allowed four homers, including two from Giancarlo Stanton, over six innings. He yielded seven hits and one walk while striking out three, throwing 91 pitches. He retired 10 consecutive batters at one point and reached 90 miles per hour with his fastball, but home runs were his undoing. Haren finished his spring with a 6.39 ERA, striking out 18 and walking five over 25 1/3 innings.

“Overall, I’m ready for the season,” Haren said. “It’s monotonous for everybody at this point. I would have liked to have better results, but it’s not going to linger. I’m good. I’m confident.”

The wind blowing out may have pushed two of the homers over the fence, including Stanton’s first, a fly over the right field fence. But two were legitimately crushed – Stanton’s second landed halfway up the batter’s eye in center field.

“He found out which hitters he didn’t want to come in on,” Manager Davey Johnson said, laughing. “He got his work. He finished up the spring in good shape. He’ll be ready to go.”

Throughout his career, Haren has rarely produced sterling results in spring training. His only spring ERA below 3.94 came last year, and he followed that with the worst season of his career by far. Haren, 32, feels he accomplished what he wanted. Coming off a year in which hip and back issues derailed him, he stayed healthy

“I feel really good,” Haren said. “Coming into this spring here, I was most worried about how I would make it health-wise in spring. Spring is actually a lot more grueling than the regular season, just because a lot of day games, drills, you’re hitting, running, doing first-to-third stuff every day. I feel really good right now. I’m happy. Of course I would like to go in with a better feeling. Once the lights turn on, it’s a different story.”