Saturday, July 23, 2005

MLB: Houston Astros 14, Nationals 1 (July 22)

WP: Roger Clemens (8-4)
LP: Ryan Drese (3-3)

WAS: 54-43 (1st in NL East, tied with Atlanta, 4 ahead of New York)
HOU: 50-46 (2nd in NL Central, 12 behind St. Louis)

The Houston Astros took advantage of Ryan Drese and Sunny Kim to pump up their run support for their star pitcher, Roger Clemens.

Clemens threw six innings of three-hit, shutout ball while Drese six runs (five earned) in 6.1 innings and Kim gave up eight runs in 1.2 innings.

The Astros jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first on a Morgan Ensberg two-run homer and never looked back, scoring 12 times before the Nats got on the board. Jason Lane went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Mike Lamb added a pinch hit three-run homer to put the Nationals away.

Luckily for the Nationals, the Braves lost to Arizona, 6-5, so Washington is still in a tie for first place, despite the awful performance.

Game three of the four game series is tonight at 7:05 at RFK. Tony Armas Jr. (4-4, 4.96 ERA, throws right) will pitch against Brandon Backe (8-6, 4.87 ERA, throws right).

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