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'Stros stave off Nats
Nats flex power in loss
Marlon Byrd took advantage of a start with a homer to open the game, and Alfonso Soriano tallied a two-run blast to left in the sixth inning to lead the Nationals offense. Ryan Drese was victimized by three unearned runs in the third and suffered the loss in his first start of the season.
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Astros 7, Nationals 3
Jason Lane slides past Nationals catcher Wiki Gonzalez during the fourth inning Sunday. (Tim Johnson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Astros deliver in Houston
Andy Pettitte rebounded from a rough 2006 debut to limit the Nats to three runs before leaving in the seventh. Morgan Ensberg's two-run double highlighted a three-run third, and Adam Everett followed an RBI in the fourth with a two-run single in the fifth to give Pettitte his first win of the season.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 09, 2006
WSH
Washington (2-4)
Lost 1
Houston 7, Washington 3   HOU
Houston (4-2)
Won 1
April 9, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Washington
1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   3 11 2
Houston
0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1 X   7 10 0
Standings thru 4/9/06  |  Gameday  |  Nationals Stats  |  Astros Stats
WashingtonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Byrd, CF4111113.250
Clayton, SS5030011.250
Vidro, 2B5110016.370
Guillen, RF5010013.300
Soriano, LF4122011.364
LeCroy, 1B3010011.143
c-Johnson, PH-1B1000001.333
Zimmerman, 3B2000202.227
Gonzalez, C3010011.250
d-Schneider, PH-C1000002.111
Drese, P1000010.000
a-Eischen, PH-P0000000.000
Rauch, P0000000.000
b-Jackson, PH0000100.333
Stanton, P0000000.000
Cordero, P0000000.000
e-Ward, PH1010000.500
Totals3531134821 

a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Drese in the 5th. b-Walked for Rauch in the 7th. c-Grounded out for LeCroy in the 8th. d-Flied out for Gonzalez in the 8th. e-Doubled for Cordero in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Soriano (2, Pettitte), Guillen (2, Wheeler), Ward (1, Lidge).
HR: Byrd (1, 1st inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 0 out), Soriano (2, 6th inning off Pettitte, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Byrd 4; Clayton 3; Vidro; Guillen 2; Soriano 6; LeCroy; Gonzalez; Ward 2.
RBI: Byrd (3), Soriano 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Vidro; Clayton; Schneider; Guillen 2.
S: Eischen.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Soriano (2, 3rd base off Pettitte/Ausmus).

FIELDING
E: Clayton (1, throw), Soriano (1, fielding).
PB: Gonzalez (1).
Outfield assists: Soriano (Taveras at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Soriano-Clayton-LeCroy, Clayton-Johnson).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B4010121.261
Lidge, P0000000.000
Taveras, CF4110103.292
Berkman, 1B5010013.381
Ensberg, 3B4021011.368
Wilson, LF3110112.304
Bruntlett, LF00000001.000
Lane, RF1200312.118
Ausmus, C3010103.167
Everett, SS4113003.238
Pettitte, P2111012.333
Miller, P0000000.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
a-Burke, PH-2B1111000.333
Totals3171067720 

a-Homered for Wheeler in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Ensberg (1, Drese).
HR: Burke (1, 8th inning off Cordero, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Biggio; Taveras; Berkman; Ensberg 3; Wilson; Ausmus; Everett; Pettitte; Burke 4.
RBI: Pettitte (1), Ensberg (1), Everett 3 (3), Burke (1).
2-out RBI: Ensberg; Everett 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson; Taveras; Pettitte 2; Everett 2.
S: Pettitte.
GIDP: Taveras.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
CS: Wilson (2, 2nd base by Drese/Gonzalez).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Berkman, Pettitte-Berkman-Ensberg).

 
WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drese (L, 0-1)4.05414302.25
Eischen 1.022222016.88
Rauch 1.00000101.80
Stanton 1.01001100.00
Cordero 1.02110014.50
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pettitte (W, 1-1)6.18333428.18
Miller (H, 1)0.20000004.50
Wheeler (H, 2)1.01001100.00
Lidge 1.02000300.00

WP: Drese.
Pitches-strikes: Drese 81-48, Eischen 27-11, Rauch 12-8, Stanton 19-11, Cordero 7-6, Pettitte 108-68, Miller 7-4, Wheeler 26-13, Lidge 21-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Drese 4-4, Eischen 1-0, Rauch 1-1, Stanton 2-0, Cordero 2-1, Pettitte 10-5, Miller 0-2, Wheeler 1-1, Lidge 0-0.
Batters faced: Drese 20, Eischen 7, Rauch 3, Stanton 5, Cordero 4, Pettitte 29, Miller 1, Wheeler 5, Lidge 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Miller 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Joyce. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Paul Schrieber. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 31,662.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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