Jordan Zimmermann made his second scoreless appearance of the Grapefruit League season, and the Washington Nationals were tied with the Atlanta Braves at 2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but the Braves pushed a run across against Danny Rosenbaum and the Nats fell 3-2 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Braeden Schlehuber singled with pinch-runner Joey Terdoslavich on third base with two outs to give the Braves the win. Terdoslavich entered the game after Ernesto Mejia walked. He took second on an error by Mike Fontenot and went to third on a wild pitch by Rosenbaum.
None of which should take away from Zimmermann’s sterling three-inning stint. The 2013 All-Star gave up two hits and a walk, striking out four. He faced 12 batters and got four ground outs and one fly out.
Ross Ohlendorf gave up three hits and a walk, leading to two earned runs, without retiring a batter.
Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 leading off, and Will Rhymes went 2-for-3 as well. Catcher Chris Snyder homered in the ninth inning to tie the game up for a short time.
The Nats struck out 12 times against seven Atlanta pitchers, including four by starter Julio Teheran.
Washington hosts the Houston Astros at 1:05 pm on Friday from Space Coast Stadium in Viera.