Flores, Patterson solid, but Nats fall
Catcher 2-for-2 with triple; righty allows one run in two frames
Orioles 4, Nationals 1
at Viera, Fla.
Saturday, March 1
Orioles at the plate: Scott Moore hit a solo homer over the right-field wall to lead off the bottom of the second inning and added a two-run double in the O's three-run fifth, all off Washington reliever Dennis Tankersley.
Nationals at the plate: Catcher Jesus Flores collected two of the seven hits against the Orioles. He singled to right in the second inning and tripled over Adam Jones' head in the fifth inning. Humberto Cota drove in the Nationals' lone run when he singled to center to bring home Justin Maxwell in the ninth inning.
Orioles on the mound: Right-hander Daniel Cabrera pitched three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and struck out one batter. Reliever Garrett Olson pitched two shutout innings.
Nationals on the mound: Right-hander John Patterson made his spring debut and pitched two innings and gave up one run on two hits. John Lannan struck out four batters in two innings.
Grapefruit League records: Orioles 2-1-1, Nationals 0-2-1.
Up next: Washington is on the road on Sunday for split squad games against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Both games start at 1:05 p.m. ET. Nationals right-hander Steven Shell will start against Houston right-hander Shawn Chacon. In the other game, Washington right-hander Garrett Mock will face Baltimore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.