VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Tom Gorzelanny and Kyle Lohse both pitched well for six innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Friday night.
Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman played for the first time since March 14. After missing 10 games with a strained left groin, he went 0 for 3 and played six innings in the field.
Brian Bixler hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to put the Nationals ahead for good.
Gorzelanny allowed two runs and four hits for Washington, striking out five and walking one. He gave up a two-run homer to David Freese in the fourth after walking Matt Holliday.
Lohse yielded two runs and six hits while striking out three and walking none.
Nyjer Morgan drove in the first run for the Nationals with a single in the third inning. Roger Bernadina also singled in a run.
Albert Pujols had a single in three at-bats for St. Louis.
NOTES: Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche had an MRI and will sit out at least the next three games with left shoulder soreness. The Nationals optioned right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse.
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