KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran worked around six base runners to match Jordan Zimmermann with three scoreless innings and lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Teheran, who won 14 games as a rookie last season, gave up four hits, walked one, hit another and threw a wild pitch. But he now has five scoreless innings against the Nationals this spring after allowing just one run while winning his final two starts against them last season.
"I was getting a little bit in trouble and just tried to make better pitches," said Teheran, who threw 36 strikes in 53 pitches. "My slider was good, but I was missing with my fastball."
Zimmermann struck out four, giving up two hits and one walk. The 19-game winner from last season struck out Freddie Freeman on a slider with runners on first and third to end his final inning.
Ross Ohlendorf didn't get an out in his first appearance of the spring for the Nationals, giving up three hits and a walk before leaving with the trainer in the Braves' two-run sixth because of back spasms.
"He's pretty locked up right now," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He said he felt it on the first batter and that it got progressively worse."
Nationals: Zimmermann, who allowed one hit in two scoreless innings against the Braves last Saturday, threw 30 of his 48 pitches for strikes.
"It was good to throw more pitches and build up arm strength," he said. "I threw more sliders and mixed in some curveballs. I had a good changeup and got some strikeouts on fastballs, which was good."
In addition to Freeman, Zimmermann struck out Justin Upton, Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward.
"I thought he pitched really well getting out of some jams," Williams said.
Braves: It seemed as if Teheran was pitching out of trouble his entire outing. Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't mind.
"It's good to have to work with some runners on," Gonzalez said. "Julio made some pitches when he had to."
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