Reporting Byron Kerr
Saturday night was one of those nights the Nationals’ John Lannan would just soon forget. A six-run Houston third inning, extended due to a two-run throwing error by Lannan, guided the Astros to an 9-3 victory over Washington at Nationals Park.
The Astros out together six consecutive hits against Lannan in the third. Two runs scored when Lannan picked up a dribbler off the bat of Jose Altuve and threw wildly to home.
The Natonals countered with two runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Chris Marrero and a solo shot by Michael Morse in the sixth.
But the Astros added insurance in the fifth with a sac fly from Carlos Corporan and a run-scoring single by the winning pitcher, Wandy Rodriguez (11-10).
Lannan (9-12) finished with just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six run, four earned, one walk and one strikeout. He threw 55 pitches, 36 for strikes.