Scherzer excels, Zimmerman debuts as Nats tie Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals Magneuris Sierra, right, slides safely back to first base as Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson, left, applies the tag in the third inning of a spring training baseball game, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer had another solid outing and Ryan Zimmerman made his spring training debut as the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals played to a 4-4 tie on Sunday.

Zimmerman, bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot since early last season, singled and drove in a run in his first spring at-bat.

Scherzer allowed one run and two hits over four innings. He walked one and hit two batters, but also struck out five.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha was touched for three first-inning runs and allowed six hits while striking out two. He also was charged with a balk and a wild pitch in his two full innings of work.

Jeremy Hazelbaker had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Cardinals.

Bryce Harper hit a two-run double off Wacha in the first inning.