VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals' Carlos Maldonado hit a game-tying homer off Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn in the ninth inning as Washington tied St. Louis, 3-3, at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The game was tied at 1 when the Cardinals took the lead off reliever Brad Lidge in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second and one out, Matt Adams hit a grounder to second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir, who made a throwing error, allowing Daniel Descalso to score the go-ahead run.
Tyler Greene, who is fighting for a spot on St. Louis' 25-man roster, followed with a single to left field, scoring Adron Chambers.
It was game that saw Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann make his first start of the spring, and it was a successful outing for the right-hander. He pitched three shutout innings, allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one.
Top prospect Shelby Miller was the starter for St. Louis, and lasted two innings while allowing one run on two hits. The run scored in the first inning, when Jason Michaels singled to center, scoring Ian Desmond.
Up next: The Nationals return to Space Coast Stadium on Thursday to play the Astros at 1:05 p.m. ET for the third time this spring. Reliever Henry Rodriguez is set to make his spring debut. He most likely will pitch an inning. Washington will also face former Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez, who pitched two shutout innings last Saturday.
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.