- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 12, 2006

NATIONALS 2, DODGERS 1 (10)

VIERA, Fla. — Washington snapped a seven-game winless skid in the 10th inning with help from the Dodgers’ poor relief pitching. Los Angeles right-hander Justin Orenduff loaded the bases on walks and then lost the game when Nationals outfielder Kenny Kelly hit a hard grounder to third. Pinch-runner Tyrell Godwin beat Andy LaRoche’s throw to the plate to give Washington only its second win in 12 exhibition games against major league teams (2-9-1).

Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the ninth, the Nationals tied the game when Brandon Watson scored from second base on Bernie Castro’s infield single.

Washington starter John Patterson was terrific in his third spring start. Patterson pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing just two fourth-inning singles.

THE BUZZ

NICK STICKS AROUND

Three years, $16.5 million is a good deal for Nationals if he stays healthy.

JOHN PATTERSON

Looks like he’s in midseason form already.

OUTFIELD DEFENSE

Michael Tucker makes great catch at the wall, Kenny Kelly makes nice throw to the plate.

VIERA SPORTS BARS

Is anyone showing the ACC tournament? Anyone?

BY THE NUMBERS

7Consecutive shutout innings by right-hander John Patterson over his last two starts.

8Hits allowed by Patterson in eight innings during spring training.

OVERHEARD

“I’m normally not very good in the spring. It normally takes me a little while to get going.”

— Nationals right-hander John Patterson, who has not give up an run two spring training starts

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday: (ss) vs. Marlins (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; (ss) vs. Marlins (ss) in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday: vs. Mets in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Tigers (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/North: Take Route 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Blvd. (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Blvd./Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approx. time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Rd. (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Dr. and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Thunderstorms, 77 degrees.

Viera: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees.

— Ken Wright and Mark Zuckerman

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