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    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Before the game, Davey Johnson joked that the Washington Nationals' recent slump could be blamed on his rustiness. He hadn't managed in spring training since 2001.

    After the Nationals lost 12-3 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Johnson wasn't joking.

    The Orioles had 17 hits - 11 of them off Edwin Jackson - and the Nationals made four errors while falling to 0-10-1 in their last 11 games.

    "More of the same," Johnson said.

    In the last four games, the Nationals have totaled six runs. In the last three, they've given up 26.

    "This has been kind of a grueling three days and a rough time of the spring," Johnson said. "I look at things that are happening for the best, having a few guys down and having a bunch of road trips where you try to take it easy on your veteran players, not having to travel and just sitting for a long time."

    Johnson said he'll start playing his regulars more often on Sunday, and he hopes they'll do better.

    "I think we'll start to see what we're made of this coming week," Johnson said.

    Jackson is 1-3 with a 6.88 ERA in five spring starts.

    He allowed 10 runs - seven earned - and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings. In his last three starts, he has given up 13 earned runs and 23 hits in 11 innings.

    The Orioles scored a run in the first, four in the third and five more in the fourth.

    "Initially, I started off knowing exactly what I wanted to do: Make them put the ball in play. The last inning, some balls I left up that they hit pretty good," Jackson said.

    Matt Wieters had a three-run homer among his four hits and drove in six runs. Adam Jones and Robert Andino each added three hits, and Jake Arrieta worked five solid innings for the Orioles.

    It was the third straight win for Baltimore.

    Wieters had just four hits in 12 games and was batting .129 coming in. He went deep in the third against Jackson and increased his batting average exactly 100 points.

    "This is just around the point of the spring where the bats catch up with some of the pitching," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

    Showalter estimates that the regulars need 30-40 at-bats before they start swinging well.

    Wieters has 35, Jones 37 and Andino 39.

    Jones, who has five hits in his last six at-bats, is batting .405.

    Arrieta allowed one run and four hits in his third start. He walked one and struck out two, but said he didn't quite feel his best.

    "Just one of those days in spring where you go out and feel a little bit off physically," Arrieta said. "Wasn't tired or didn't feel bad. Felt a little uncomfortable at the start of the game."

    NOTES: Johnson said that if RHP Drew Storen isn't ready to close on opening day, RHPs Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez would. The manager would prefer to keep RHP Tyler Clippard in a setup role. Storen is sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow. ... Nationals SS Ian Desmond had about 200 friends and family members at the game. He grew up about 1 1/2 miles from the stadium. ... LHP Dontrelle Willis pitched the sixth inning in his first game with the Orioles. He walked his first three batters, and two scored.

     
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    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Desmond, SS3010000 .255
        Andres Blanco, PR-SS1000000 .034
    Danny Espinosa, 2B3110002 .220
        Adrian Sanchez, 2B1000000 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF2000101 .308
        Michael Taylor, PR-CF1100010 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B1000200 .213
        Brett Newsome, PR-1B1100000 .000
    Wilson Ramos, C2011100 .200
        Carlos Maldonado, C1000000 .333
    Jesus Flores, DH4000025 .265
    Corey Brown, LF4001000 .318
    Brett Carroll, RF3000000 .233
        Chris Rahl, PR-RF1000010 .000
    Stephen Lombardozzi, 3B3010002 .302
        Josh Johnson, 3B1000000 .333
    Totals3234244  
    Batting
    2B - Danny Espinosa (1, Arrieta)
    RBI - Wilson Ramos (3), Corey Brown (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos (3)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Rick Ankiel 1, Brett Carroll 1
    E - Andres Blanco (2, Throwing), Edwin Jackson (1, Throwing), Stephen Lombardozzi 2 (2, Throwing)
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Edwin Jackson (L,1-3) 3.211107241 6.88
    Ryan Mattheus 1.1211011 4.00
    Tom Gorzelanny 2311030 10.29
    Henry Rodriguez 1100010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 37-29, Ryan Mattheus 9-9, Tom Gorzelanny 15-15, Henry Rodriguez 6-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 3-3, Ryan Mattheus 2-1, Tom Gorzelanny 2-1, Henry Rodriguez 1-1
    Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Ryan Mattheus 6, Tom Gorzelanny 9, Henry Rodriguez 4
    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ryan Flaherty, RF4111002 .293
        Trent Mummey, LF1000000 .143
    J.J. Hardy, SS3100102 .281
        Manny Machado, SS1000010 .167
    Wilson Betemit, DH3232100 .238
        Scott Beerer, PR-DH1100000 .286
    Adam Jones, CF3231000 .405
        John Ruettiger, CF1010000 .800
    Matt Wieters, C4146000 .229
        Matt Antonelli, PR-3B1000011 .207
    Mark Reynolds, 3B4000032 .156
        Glynn Davis, RF1000001 .000
    Chris Davis, 1B4010020 .279
        Jonathan Schoop, PR-2B0000000 .000
    Nolan Reimold, LF4211022 .167
        Jeff Larish, 1B0000000 .250
    Robert Andino, 2B3230000 .308
        John Hester, C1000000 .000
    Totals3912171129  
    Batting
    2B - John Ruettiger (1, Rodriguez)
    HR - Matt Wieters (2, Jackson), Nolan Reimold (1, Mattheus)
    SH - Adam Jones (1)
    RBI - Ryan Flaherty (8), Wilson Betemit 2 (8), Adam Jones (11), Matt Wieters 6 (7), Nolan Reimold (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit (3), Matt Wieters 5 (6)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    E - Mark Reynolds (2, Throwing)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jake Arrieta (W,1-0) 5411120 4.66
    Dontrelle Willis (H,1) 1021300 14.73
    Darren O'Day (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Luis Ayala (H,3) 1000000 1.80
    Matt Lindstrom 1000010 3.00
    WP - Dontrelle Willis (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 28-23, Dontrelle Willis 16-4, Darren O'Day 5-5, Luis Ayala 3-3, Matt Lindstrom 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 6-7, Dontrelle Willis 2-2, Luis Ayala 2-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
    Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 20, Dontrelle Willis 7, Darren O'Day 3, Luis Ayala 3, Matt Lindstrom 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6665
    Game Time - 2:28
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - UMP Nonindividual, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez