Zimmermann gives up first run as Nats split squad loses 2-1

Zimmermann gives up first run as Nats split squad loses 2-1
March 16, 2014, 5:15 pm
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VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander was dominant over five innings and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann gave up his first run of the spring as the Tigers defeated a Nationals split squad 2-1 on Sunday.

Verlander, making his second spring start, allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four. He threw 49 pitches and then went to the bullpen to throw 16 more.

Zimmermann, meanwhile, struggled with his fastball command. He allowed four hits and one run while striking out three in four innings. His streak of nine scoreless innings in his previous three starts was snapped in the first inning when Detroit's Don Kelly drove home a run with an infield out.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman saw his first action at first base for Washington.