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Nats, Cards engage in pitchers' duel

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals infielder Patrick Wisdom hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off Nats left-hander Nick Lee as the Cardinals and Nationals played to a 1-1 tie at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday.

Lee threw one more pitch then had to leave the game with an apparent arm injury. He is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. The Nationals manufactured an early unearned run off Cardinals starter right-hander Lance Lynn.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals infielder Patrick Wisdom hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off Nats left-hander Nick Lee as the Cardinals and Nationals played to a 1-1 tie at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday.

Lee threw one more pitch then had to leave the game with an apparent arm injury. He is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. The Nationals manufactured an early unearned run off Cardinals starter right-hander Lance Lynn.

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Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings in his second spring start while allowing one hit and one walk. He erased both baserunners by inducing double plays. Gonzalez breezed through the outing on 29 pitches, 18 of which were strikes.

"Big takeaway for me is breaking balls, lining them for strikes," Gonzalez said. "Lefty-to-lefty, good breaking ball. That was a good thing to see."

Lynn worked a bit harder in his second Grapefruit League start. He stranded a runner at third in the second inning but helped the Nationals to a run with an errant pickoff throw an inning later. Wilmer Difo, who had opened the inning with a single, advanced to third on the error. Grant Green's groundout to short drove him in.

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Lynn did become the first Cardinals starter to finish four innings in a game this spring. He threw 52 pitches, 36 strikes, in the effort.

"As long as they're not barreling it, we're fine," Lynn said. "[I got] a lot of grounders and weak fly balls, so I did what I wanted to do."

Joe Nathan and Matt Albers sailed through their relief appearances for the Nationals.

Nationals Up Next: Tanner Roark will make his second Grapefruit League start Sunday afternoon against the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. This will be his final outing before he leaves Monday to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. He is scheduled to pitch in their game on March 11 against the Dominican Republic.

Cardinals Up Next: The Cardinals will travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday to meet the Mets in a 12:10 p.m. CT game on Sunday. Mike Leake, who faced the minimum in a three-inning spring debut last Tuesday, will make the start against Matt Harvey. Yadier Molina will catch Leake before departing to join the Puerto Rican World Baseball Classic team. Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil and Jordan Schafer are scheduled to pitch in relief. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.