Bill Ladson

Young's homer, Wandy's arm vault Braves over Nats

Rotation hopeful Rodriguez holds Washington to two hits over three scoreless innings

Young's homer, Wandy's arm vault Braves over Nats

VIERA, Fla. -- Eric Young Jr.'s two-run homer proved to be the difference as the Braves beat the Nationals, 2-1, at Space Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Nationals have now lost two consecutive games, while the Braves won their second game of the spring.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark was on the mound when the Braves took the lead in the top of the third inning. After Daniel Castro singled, Young swung at an 0-1 pitch and homered over the right-field wall to take a 2-0 lead.

The Nationals' first chance to score came in the third inning. With Braves starter Wandy Rodriguez still on the mound, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Anthony Rendon hit back-to-back singles, but Dan Uggla grounded out to end the threat. Rodriguez ended up pitching three scoreless innings and striking out two batters.

Rodriguez's first strikeout

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez made his first appearance of the spring, and he allowed one hit in two innings. He threw just 19 pitches, 15 strikes. Braves right-hander Chien-Ming Wang was also solid, pitching three innings and allowing just two hits and a walk.

The Nationals scored their only run in the ninth inning with Braves right-hander Jake Brigham on the mound. With two outs, Steven LeRud doubled to left-center field, scoring Matt Skole.

Up next for the Braves: Right-hander Julio Teheran starts as the Braves host the Mets at Champion Stadium on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Teheran allowed one run on three hits in two innings during his first Grapefruit League start, striking out two and walking one.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.