One rusty inning proved costly to Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals in a 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
Strasburg allowed two runs on three hits in three innings in his second start, with all the damage coming in the third inning. He struck out two, walked a batter and hit another.
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was sharp for the Marlins in his first start of the spring, allowing one hit over four scoreless innings.
Left-fielder Bryan Petersen opened Miami's third with a single on a bouncer to the left of the mound. Strasburg fielded the ball, which slipped out of his hand as he tried to throw to first.
After Kyle Skipworth struck out, Jose Reyes roped a line drive over center fielder Rick Ankiel's head for a triple. Reyes scored on Emilio Bonifacio's single to left. Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch.
''I was commanding pitches a lot better. I've just got to go do some PFPs (pitchers fielding practice) tomorrow and adjust off of that,'' Strasburg said.