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Five-run first leads Nats
Nationals 7, Astros 6
John Lannan went five innings, allowing three runs to pick up the win. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
 Belliard's two-run homer
 Zimmerman's RBI double
The Nationals' first inning, which included RBI doubles by Ryan Zimmerman, Dmitri Young and Austin Kearns, as well as a two-run homer by Ronnie Belliard, was enough to give the team a series win over the Astros. Washington outscored Houston, 27-15, in the four-game series.
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Series at a glance:
WSH
Washington (58-70)
Won 1
Washington 7, Houston 6   HOU
Houston (57-71)
Lost 1
August 23, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Washington
5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   7 12 0
Houston
0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2   6 9 0
Standings thru 8/23/07  |  Gameday  |  Nationals Stats  |  Astros Stats
WashingtonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lopez, SS4000111.241
Logan, CF5120001.289
Zimmerman, 3B3212111.271
Young, 1B4121001.334
  1-Fick, PR-1B0000100.203
Kearns, RF4131101.262
Church, LF4001024.263
Belliard, 2B5122004.281
Schneider, C4010005.231
Lannan, P2110001.154
  a-Jimenez, PH1000000.157
  Colome, P0000000.000
  Ayala, P0000000.000
  King, P0000000.000
  b-Pena, PH1000000.226
  Rauch, P0000000.000
  Cordero, P0000000.000
Totals3771274419 

a-Flied out for Lannan in the 6th. b-Flied out for King in the 8th.
1-Ran for Young in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Zimmerman (33, Gutierrez), Young 2 (34, Gutierrez, McLemore), Kearns (29, Gutierrez), Lannan (1, Gutierrez).
HR: Belliard (8, 1st inning off Gutierrez, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Logan 2; Zimmerman 2; Young 4; Kearns 4; Belliard 5; Schneider; Lannan 2.
RBI: Zimmerman 2 (72), Young (68), Kearns (52), Belliard 2 (42), Church (50).
2-out RBI: Belliard 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schneider 2.
SF: Zimmerman; Church.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
PB: Schneider (4).
DP: (Young-Lopez-Lannan).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B5110000.255
Pence, CF4220100.328
Berkman, 1B3111202.274
Lee, LF5235002.305
Wigginton, 3B2000100.274
  McLemore, P0000000.000
  b-Scott, PH1000001.253
  Borkowski, P0000000.000
  Moehler, P0000000.250
  d-Palmeiro, PH1000000.233
Loretta, SS-3B-SS3010100.281
Burke, RF2010212.231
Munson, C4000016.252
Gutierrez, P1000012.000
  a-Bruntlett, PH-SS2000011.250
  c-Lamb, PH-3B1000001.288
Totals346967417 

a-Flied out for Gutierrez in the 5th. b-Flied out for McLemore in the 7th. c-Grounded out for Bruntlett in the 8th. d-Flied out for Moehler in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Berkman (15, Ayala), Pence (26, Cordero).
HR: Lee 2 (26, 5th inning off Lannan, 1 on, 2 out; 9th inning off Cordero, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Biggio; Pence 3; Berkman 2; Lee 9; Loretta; Burke.
RBI: Berkman (81), Lee 5 (102).
2-out RBI: Lee 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gutierrez.
GIDP: Munson.
Team LOB: 8.

 
WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lannan (W, 2-2)5.05335214.15
Colome (H, 9)1.00001102.72
Ayala 0.22110002.73
King (H, 9)0.10000004.94
Rauch (H, 22)1.00001104.13
Cordero (S, 28)1.02220012.80
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gutierrez (L, 0-1)5.011660419.00
McLemore 2.01112003.52
Borkowski 1.00001005.34
Moehler 1.00001004.84

Balk: Cordero.
IBB: Kearns (by McLemore).
Pitches-strikes: Lannan 85-48, Colome 20-10, Ayala 14-9, King 1-1, Rauch 24-15, Cordero 24-16, Gutierrez 89-60, McLemore 35-18, Borkowski 15-8, Moehler 18-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lannan 8-4, Colome 0-2, Ayala 0-2, King 0-1, Rauch 2-0, Cordero 0-3, Gutierrez 5-6, McLemore 0-6, Borkowski 2-1, Moehler 2-1.
Batters faced: Lannan 23, Colome 4, Ayala 4, King 1, Rauch 4, Cordero 5, Gutierrez 26, McLemore 9, Borkowski 4, Moehler 4.
Inherited runners-scored: King 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Alfonso Marquez. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Adam Dowdy.
Weather: 73 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 3:09.
Att: 36,407.

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