Guzman, Diaz pace Nats' offense

Guzman, Diaz pace Nats' offense

at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Sunday, March 2

Nationals at the plate: Washington's first two hitters -- shortstop Cristian Guzman and left fielder Frank Diaz -- both had hits in each of the first two innings. Right fielder Ryan Langerhans drew a bases-loaded walk to push home the game's first run, and then hit a double in the ninth to cap a five-run rally. Designated hitter Bret Boone was hit by a pitch in the first and doubled in the third.

Orioles at the plate: Third baseman Melvin Mora doubled to left-center in the first inning and stroked a run-scoring single in the second. Left fielder Luke Scott drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Right fielder Nick Markakis drilled a game-tying home run to straightaway center field in the fifth inning. Oscar Salazar and Chris Roberson had run-scoring singles in the seventh. Luis Terrero's ninth-inning single drove in Scott Moore with the game-winning run.

Nationals on the mound: Garrett Mock fell behind hitters early and left in the bottom of the second inning. Mock walked two batters and gave up two hits, but two of the three runs he allowed were unearned due to an error by center fielder Elijah Dukes. Long reliever Rob Bell pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits.

Orioles on the mound: Jeremy Guthrie, Baltimore's likely Opening Day starter, had a spotty outing Sunday. Guthrie worked two innings and allowed seven baserunners -- four on hits and one each on a walk, an error and a hit batsman. George Sherrill made his first appearance, allowing two doubles and one earned run in the third inning.

Grapefruit League records: Nationals 1-3-1; Orioles 3-1.

Up next: The Orioles will travel to Vero Beach, Fla., on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET, pitting southpaw Brian Burres against the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley. Washington will take on the Cardinals in Viera, Fla., at 1:05 p.m., and Tim Redding will start against Braden Looper.

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