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Nats lack punch
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Astros 5, Nationals 0
Cristian Guzman reacts to called strike in the eighth inning. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Jordan Zimmermann showed his full potential through the first six frames vs. the Astros, but he tired in the seventh, yielding a three-run homer to Kazuo Matsui. It was too much for the Nats to overcome, as they came up empty in the final game before the All-Star break.
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Series at a glance:
WSH
Washington (26-61)
Lost 1
Houston 5, Washington 0   HOU
Houston (44-44)
Won 1
July 12, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Washington
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 11 1
Houston
1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X   5 6 0
Standings thru 7/12/09  |  Recap: WSH | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Nationals stats  |  Astros stats
Washington AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Morgan, CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .280
Johnson, N, 1B 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 .305
Zimmerman, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 .288
Dunn, A, LF 4 0 0 0 1 2 4 .266
Willingham, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .304
Gonzalez, Al, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .333
Hernandez, A, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 6 .255
Nieves, C 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 .261
Zimmermann, P 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 .154
  Beimel, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Guzman, C, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .304
  Clippard, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 0 11 0 3 4 26  

a-Flied out for Beimel in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Nieves (5, Moehler), Johnson, N (15, Moehler).
TB: Zimmermann; Nieves 5; Morgan; Willingham; Gonzalez, Al 2; Johnson, N 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, N; Morgan; Hernandez, A 2; Dunn, A 2; Guzman, C.
SAC: Zimmermann.
GIDP: Hernandez, A.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
SB: Morgan (24, 2nd base off Arias/Rodriguez, I).

FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, Al (7, throw).
Outfield assists: Morgan (Berkman at home).
DP: (Zimmerman-Hernandez, A-Johnson, N).

 
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bourn, CF 4 1 0 0 0 2 2 .286
Tejada, M, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .329
Berkman, 1B 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .271
Lee, Ca, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .308
Blum, 3B 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 .281
Pence, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .298
Rodriguez, I, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 .245
Matsui, K, 2B 3 1 2 3 0 1 0 .252
Moehler, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Arias, P 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
  Valverde, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 5 6 4 4 7 14  

BATTING
2B: Lee, Ca 2 (17, Zimmermann, Clippard).
HR: Matsui, K (3, 7th inning off Zimmermann, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Lee, Ca 4; Tejada, M; Pence; Matsui, K 5.
RBI: Tejada, M (49), Matsui, K 3 (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blum; Pence; Bourn; Rodriguez, I.
SAC: Moehler.
GIDP: Lee, Ca.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: (Matsui, K-Berkman).

 
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zimmermann (L, 3-4) 6.1 5 4 3 3 6 1 4.50
Beimel 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.57
Clippard 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3.86
 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Moehler (W, 6-5) 6.1 7 0 0 2 2 0 5.20
Arias (H, 6) 1.1 3 0 0 1 1 0 1.57
Valverde (S, 8) 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.43

Balk: Clippard.
HBP: Blum (by Zimmermann).
Pitches-strikes: Zimmermann 102-67, Beimel 7-4, Clippard 20-12, Moehler 103-64, Arias 32-18, Valverde 23-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zimmermann 8-2, Beimel 1-0, Clippard 1-2, Moehler 10-4, Arias 1-1, Valverde 1-2.
Batters faced: Zimmermann 27, Beimel 2, Clippard 5, Moehler 27, Arias 8, Valverde 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Beimel 1-0, Arias 1-0, Valverde 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Adrian Johnson. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Brian O'Nora. 3B: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 73 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 3:04.
Att: 28,680.
Venue: Minute Maid Park.
July 12, 2009
July 12, 2009

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