Astros 7W: W. Rodriguez (7-5)

L: L. Hernandez (13-5)

S: Lidge (28)Nationals 6

HOW THEY SCORED

Nationals first: Watson flied out. Vidro homered. Johnson fouled out. Castilla singled. Wilkerson flied out. Nationals, 1-0.

Astros first: Taveras singled. Biggio singled, Taveras to third. Berkman struck out. Ensberg walked, loading the bases. Lamb singled to right, Taveras scored, bases still loaded. Palmeiro doubled to right, Biggio, Ensberg and Lamb scored. Everett flied out, Palmeiro tagged up to third. Quintero was intentionally walked. Astros, 4-1.

Nationals second: Wilson walked. Schneider singled, Wilson to second. Carroll grounded into fielder's choice, Wilson to third. Hernandez doubled, Wilson scored, Carroll to third. Watson grounded out, Carroll scored, Hernandez to third. Vidro walked. Johnson grounded out. Astros, 4-3.

Nationals fourth: Schneider popped out. Carroll grounded out. Hernandez homered to left. Watson grounded out. Tied, 4-4.

Astros fourth: Quintero grounded out. Rodriguez struck out. Taveras singled. Biggio doubled to left, Taveras scored. Berkman grounded out. Astros, 5-4.

Astros sixth: Quintero singled. Burke, pinch-hitting for Gallo, was safe on a sacrifice plus pitcher Hernandez's fielding error, Quintero to second. Taveras sacrificed the runners. Biggio struck out. Berkman was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Ensberg doubled, Quintero and Burke scored, Berkman to third. Astros, 7-4.

Nationals ninth: Baerga, pinch-hitting for Eischen, was hit by a pitch. Watson safe on fielder's choice and Berkman's error, Baerga to second. Vidro lined into a double play, Watson out at first. Johnson doubled, Baerga scored. Castilla walked. Blanco pinch-running for Castilla. Wilkerson singled, Johnson scored, Blanco to third. Guillen, pinch-hitting for Wilson, struck out. Astros, 7-6.

WashingtonABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals36611636 -- Watson lf500100.200Vidro 2b412110.267NJohnson 1b511101.314Castilla 3b402011.245Blanco pr000000.234Wilkerson cf501101.257PrWilson rf210011.251JGuillen ph100001.295Schneider c402000.291Carroll ss310001.240LHernandez p313200.237HCarrasco p000000---Eischen p000000.333Baerga ph010000.268HoustonABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals34713756 -- Taveras cf423000.298Biggio 2b514101.273Berkman lf-1b400012.294Ensberg 3b211231.295Lamb 1b511101.217Lidge p000000---OPalmeiro rf403300.338AEverett ss400000.240Quintero c311010.179Bruntlett lf000000.215WRodriguez p200001.154Springer p000000---Gallo p000000---Burke ph010000.236Wheeler p000000---JVizcaino ph100000.240Qualls p000000---Ausmus c000000.243Washington

120100002 -- 6111Houston

40010200x -- 7131 E: LHernandez (1), Berkman (7). LOB: Washington 9, Houston 10. 2B: NJohnson (24), LHernandez (2), Biggio (31), Ensberg (24), OPalmeiro 2 (17). HR: LHernandez (2), off WRodriguez; Vidro (7), off WRodriguez. RBI: Watson (2), Vidro (26), NJohnson (47), Wilkerson (44), LHernandez 2 (6), Biggio (48), Ensberg 2 (87), Lamb (39), OPalmeiro 3 (17). S: Taveras, Burke. GIDP: Schneider, Berkman, Lamb. DP: Washington 2 (NJohnson, Carroll and NJohnson), (Vidro, Carroll and NJohnson); Houston 3 (Berkman, Biggio and Lamb), (Lamb, AEverett and Lamb), (Berkman).

WashingtonIP HRERBBSONPERALHernandez, L6 1075451193.51HCarrasco1C30010372.62EischenB0000134.42HoustonIP HRERBBSONPERAWRodriguez, W5 74421986.18SpringerC10000125.90GalloB0000041.86Wheeler1 00002101.59Qualls1 10002203.64Lidge, S1 22011332.28 Inherited runners-scored: Eischen 2-0, Gallo 2-0.

IBB: off HCarrasco (Ensberg) 1, off LHernandez (Berkman) 1, off LHernandez (Quintero) 1. HBP: by Lidge (Baerga), by Springer (Carroll), by Springer (PrWilson). T: 3:08. A: 34,309 (40,950).