Armas endures tough outing

Armas has tough outing against Braves

at Viera, Fla.
Thursday, March 30

Braves at the plate: Jeff Francoeur knocked in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field, while Marcus Giles came through with an RBI double an inning later. Diory Hernandez, Ryan Langerhans and Wilson Betemit also drove in runs.

Nationals at the plate: Jose Vidro had an RBI groundout in the third inning, while Nick Johnson scored the second run of the game an inning later. Daryle Ward had an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Josh Labandeira drove in two runs with a double.

Braves on the mound: Right-hander John Smoltz pitched five innings and gave up two runs --- one earned -- on five hits. He threw 67 pitches, and 52 of them went for strikes.

Nationals on the mound: Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. He threw 77 pitches -- 51 of them strikes. Gary Majewski didn't give up a run in 1 1/3 innings. Mike Stanton pitched an inning and gave up two runs.

Grapefruit League records: Braves 11-16-3; Nationals 9-21-1.

Up next: On Thursday, the Nationals head home to Washington to play the Orioles at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. The Braves return to Atlanta to play the defending World Series champion White Sox at Turner Field. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.