Gio Gonzalez silences Braves in Nationals debut

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Washington's Bryce Harper reacts after making a base-running mistake and being tagged out in the second inning. The Nationals beat the Braves 5-2 on Tuesday.  JULIO CORTEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Washington's Bryce Harper reacts after making a base-running mistake and being tagged out in the second inning. The Nationals beat the Braves 5-2 on Tuesday.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings in his Washington debut, leading the Nationals to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Gonzalez, acquired in a trade during the off-season from the Oakland Athletics, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two. He was 16-12 last season with Oakland and had a 3.12 ERA.

Jayson Werth, coming off a disappointing 2011 season, homered to right to put the Nationals ahead. Chad Tracy doubled in two runs in the third to put Washington ahead, 3-0.

Kris Medlen started for the Braves and went two innings and gave up three hits – including the Werth homer. Medlen is a candidate for one of the two vacancies in Atlanta’s starting rotation.

METS (SS) 8, CARDINALS 6

In Port St. Lucie, Fla., New York ace Johan Santana pitched two scoreless innings against St. Louis in his first game facing major league hitters in 18 months.

Santana gave up one hit and one walk. He threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, for a Mets split squad.

The two-time Cy Young winner last pitched to big league hitters on Sept. 2, 2010, in a game against Atlanta. Two weeks later he underwent surgery on his left shoulder.

MARLINS 3, TIGERS 1

In Jupiter, Fla., Jose Reyes was hitless in three at-bats in his spring debut for Miami.

Reyes was part of an offseason overhaul for Miami. The speedy shortstop agreed to a $106 million, six-year contract with the Marlins over the winter, leaving the New York Mets in free agency.

MARINERS 8, REDS 6

In Peoria, Ariz., Felix Hernandez struck out four in three hitless innings for Seattle.

Hernandez hit the first batter he faced this spring, then retired nine in a row.

Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki went 3 for 3 with two RBI.

PHILLIES 7, BLUE JAYS 0

In Dunedin, Fla., Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick each threw two innings to lift Philadelphia.

Lee yielded a hit in the first and second before giving way to Kendrick, who allowed a hit, struck out two and walked none.

CUBS 11, ROCKIES 4

In Mesa, Ariz., Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and a double to send Dale Sveum and Chicago to a win over Colorado.

PIRATES 7, YANKEES 4

In Bradenton, Fla., Andrew McCutchen had two hits and two RBI hours after agreeing to a new six-year deal worth $51.5 million with Pittsburgh.

MARINERS: Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star who played 14 major league seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday.


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