Hanson superb before Braves awaken late
Starter tosses four strong innings; Parraz, Constanza clutch
VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals and Braves found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon before the Braves tied it in the ninth and eventually won it in the 10th, 3-2, at Space Coast Stadium.
With the Braves trailing, 1-0, in the ninth, Jordan Parraz stroked a two-out RBI single to score David Rohm, who was inserted as a pinch-runner for Josh Wilson after Wilson drew a leadoff walk from Nationals pitcher Ryan Perry.
In the 10th, Jose Yepez and and Tyler Pastornicky hit back-to-back singles for the Braves off Perry before Jose Constanza was credited with an RBI on a grounder to Danny Espinosa, who committed a fielding error as the go-ahead run scored. Rohm then added a sacrifice fly.
Washington's Chad Tracy, who had two singles, added a sacrifice fly in the 10th for the final margin.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. With Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson on the mound, Washington had runners on first and second with one out when Brian McCann was charged with a passed ball, advancing Ryan Zimmerman and Chad Tracy to third and second, respectively.
Jason Michaels came to the plate and grounded out to second baseman Dan Uggla, but Zimmerman scored on the play to give Washington a one-run lead.
Hanson pitched four solid innings and allowed the unearned run on one hit. Nationals left-hander John Lannan had his best outing of the spring, pitching four shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.
Chad Durbin, Atahualpa Severino and Tyler Clippard followed Lannan and combined to pitch four shutout innings. For Atlanta, Adam Russell, Jairo Asencio, Anthony Varvaro and Yohan Flande (two innings) blanked the Nationals before Jose Lugo allowed a run in the 10th.
Up next for the Braves: Brandon Beachy will start Thursday's game against the Marlins at Disney at 1:05 p.m. ET, live on Gameday Audio. Beachy is scheduled to complete five innings. Cory Gearrin and Jose Asencio are also scheduled to pitch. Gearrin and Asencio are among the top candidates battling for one of the final bullpen spots.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.