Monday, July 25, 2005

MLB: Nationals 4, Houston Astros 2 (July 23)

WP: Tony Armas Jr. (5-4)
LP: Brandon Backe (8-7)
S: Chad Cordero (34)

WAS: 55-43 (1st in NL East, tied with Atlanta)

The Nationals managed to maintain their first place tie with Atlanta by beating the Astros on Saturday.

Veteran Carlos Baerga led the Nationals offense with a bases-loaded double in the first inning that scored three runs, and that was all Tony Armas Jr. and the Nats bullpen would need.

Armas threw seven innings of one-hit ball, giving up two runs.

Chad Cordero worked the ninth, giving up two hits and making it interesting before striking out Mike Lamb and getting Jose Vizcaino to fly out to end the game. It was Cordero's 34th save, and his ERA now is a miniscule 1.05.

On Sunday, John Patterson (4-2, throws right) started for the Nationals against Wandy Rodriguez (5-4, throws left).

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