Gio extends scoreless streak in rainy Jupiter

Gio extends scoreless streak in rainy Jupiter

Gio extends scoreless streak in rainy Jupiter
JUPITER, Fla. -- Sunday's afternoon game between the Cardinals and Nationals was called after four innings due to rain. The two teams sat out a delay of over one hour before the decision was made not to resume. Washington was leading, 1-0, before rain halted play.

The Cardinals endured a rain delay of nearly two hours on Saturday and have now had rain interrupt three of their four games at Roger Dean Stadium. Because five innings were not completed, the game is not considered official and therefore the result will not be reflected in either team's record.

Gio Gonzalez was the only Nationals pitcher to take the mound on Sunday, and he extended his scoreless innings streak to seven this spring. Gonzalez allowed just two singles and struck out two in four shutout innings.

Making his second spring start, St. Louis' Jake Westbrook retired the first six batters he faced before getting into a bit of trouble in the third inning. Two groundballs snuck past Cardinals shortstop Alex Cora and Roger Bernadina's single up the middle scored the lone run.

Westbrook, who threw 32 of 42 pitches for strikes, struck out two in the three-inning outing.

"I felt good today," Westbrook said. "It's exactly what I'm looking for. I just want to be able to throw more strikes and be more aggressive, and I was able to do that today."

The Nationals tallied another three hits off Cardinals reliever R.J. Swindle, who then managed to wiggle out of the bases-loaded jam unscathed. Adam LaRoche, Jason Michaels and Wilson Ramos all singled in that fourth inning.

Up next for the Nationals: The Nationals will face the Cardinals for the second straight day and Jordan Zimmermann will pitch against Cards for the second time this spring. Zimmermann will look to build off his strong Grapefruit League debut, in which he held the Cardinals to just three hits over three shutout innings. Mike Morse might make his return to the lineup as a designated hitter on Monday. Morse has not played since March 4 due to shoulder soreness.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.