2/26/2013 5:16 P.M. ET
Harper goes 3-for-3 with two doubles in loss
Desmond drives in two runs as Detwiler delivers mixed results
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jordan Parraz's leadoff home run fueled a five-run sixth inning that carried the Braves to a 9-5 win over the Nationals at Champion Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Evan Gattis followed Parraz's game-tying home run with a double that put him in position to score on Freddie Freeman's go-ahead single. Juan Francisco capped his two-hit game with an RBI single against Nationals right-hander Ryan Perry, who allowed four hits and issued two walks while facing six batters in the decisive fifth inning.
Bryce Harper led the Nationals with three hits, including a double off Mike Minor in Washington's two-run first inning. Harper also singled and scored on Ian Desmond's go-ahead single against Dusty Hughes in the top of the fifth inning.
Justin Upton and B.J. Upton recorded RBI singles against Ross Detwiler in the Braves' two-run third inning. After limiting the Braves to one hit in the first two innings, Detwiler allowed four hits -- all singles -- while facing just six batters in the third. The left-hander was charged with five hits and two runs while completing 2 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Minor threw 28 pitches while allowing three hits and issuing two walks in the first inning. The Braves left-hander needed just 10 pitches to complete his first outing of the year with a perfect second inning.
Nationals up next: Veterans Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth will make their Grapefruit League debuts on Wednesday when the Marlins visit Viera (1:05 p.m. ET). Werth is expected to hit third and play right field, while LaRoche is expected to hit cleanup and play first as Dan Haren makes his first appearance in a Nationals jersey. The game will be broadcast on WHFS 1580 AM in Washington and Gameday Audio.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.