VIERA, Fla. -- Ryan Church's RBI double in the in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Nationals edge the Devil Rays, 3-2, in front of 5,287 fans at Space Coast Stadium on Friday afternoon in Washington's final spring home game.
With the score tied at 2 and Jamey Carroll on first base, Church took a Bobby Seay pitch and doubled to left-center field to drive in Carroll for the go-ahead run.
The winning pitcher was reliever Antonio Osuna, while Seay took the loss. Chad Cordero earned his second save of the spring.
Right-hander Zach Day started for the Nationals. He pitched six solid innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked three.
The first run was scored in the first inning. Alex Sanchez started the inning off by hitting a double, but he left the game after tweaking his left hamstring. Jason Pridie replaced Sanchez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dee Brown.
The Devil Rays made it 2-0 in the sixth inning when Eduardo Perez singled up the middle to score Jorge Cantu.
But the Nationals tied the score at 2 in the seventh off left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who pitched seven strong innings. Nick Johnson led of with a home run and, after Jamey Carroll and Ryan Church respectively singled and doubled, Vinny Castilla grounded out to shortstop to drive in Carroll.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.