The Washington Nationals rode three home runs from two of their veterans, got some decent pitching, and finished off the New York Mets 7-5 before a less than capacity crowd at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL.

Jason Marquis started for the Nats.  While not spectacular, he had his most solid apperance of the spring, allowing three earned on seven hits and a walk in four and two-third innings. He still has a ways to go before looking like the all-star he was lasat season.

Craig Stammen also pitched well in relief.  He went four innings and gave up two unearned runs on two hits and no walks, striking out four in the process.

Stammen was the victim of shoddy defense, as errors by Willie Taveras and Ian Desmond both led to runs.


Winner:  Craig Stammen.  Manager Jim Riggleman said before the game that four pitchers (Stammen, Scott Olsen, J.D. Martin and Livan Hernandez) were competing for the final two spots in the rotation, and Stammen did nothing to hurt his chances today.  The four Ks in four innings are a big plus.

Loser:  Cristian Guzman.  0-for-4 with three left on.  His spring average is .217. Running out of time to prove he's healthy.  At least he didn't have an error.

Winners:  Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham.  Two pull hitters got the ball up intot he jet stream that was running out to left field today.  Zim went 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBIs and a homer, and Willingham homered twice and went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs.

Loser:  Ian Desmond.  0-for-1 and another eroor on a fairly routine ground ball.  Giving them ammo for sending him down if Guz proves healthy.

Winner:  Adam Kennedy.  1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Loser:  Justin Maxwell.  The guy everyone wants to winthe RF job went 0-for-3, lowering his spring average to .103.  Losing ground every day.