Updates: Nationals at Astros
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4:20: The Nationals dropped to 0-9 after a walk-off single off of Sean Burnett. The Astros win, 8-7.
4:11: The Nationals tied the score, 7-7, in the ninth. Willie Harris walked, Eric Bruntlett doubled and Mike Morse scored Harris with an RBI groundout to second. Bruntlett was stranded at third. Sean Burnett, who pitched an easy eighth, is out for the ninth.
3:51: The Nationals inched closer in the eighth and trial 7-6 now. Justin Maxwell led off with a single, his second hit today. He stole second and went to third on a poor throw by catcher Kevin Cash, then scored on a wild pitch.
3:41: Atilano got out of the seventh with only one more running scoring, but the Nationals now trail 7-5. As much as Chico helped himself with his start against the Mets, he shredded that good will today. Six runs, eight hits, all earned.
3:31: The Nationals' elusive first spring victory may be slipping away. Matt Chico is coming out of the game after allowing five runs on eight hits in one-plus innings. The Astos lead, 6-5, after Kevin Cash's RBI double. Luis Atilano is replacing Chico with no outs in the seventh and men on second and third.
3:08: The Nationals took a 5-1 lead in the sixth when Justin Maxwell doubled and Ian Desmond followed with an RBI single. The Astros came back with two runs off of Matt Chico in his first inning, but the Nationals, looking for their first win, still lead 5-3.
2:26: Drew Storen replaced Olsen in the fourth and dominated the inning despite a bloop hit and a walk. He struck out Geoff Blum on three pitches, each a different pitch. Pedro Feliz reached on a bloop, 0-2 single. He walked Jason Casto, his college catcher at Stanford for a season, on five pitches, leaving balls high in his first throws from the stretch. He retired the last two batters he faced, striking out Edwin Maysonet on three pitches. Storen threw 15 pitches, 11 of them strikes.
2:03: Scott Olsen is done for the day after three innings. He allowed four hits, the last one a double to Hunter Pence in the third. He allowed one run and walked nobody. The Nationals still lead 2-1.
1:53: The Nationals lead, 2-1, after a two-out rally in the third inning. Ryan Zimmerman hit his second home run of the spring, a shot to rightfield that rode the wind over the fence. Chris Duncan walked. Josh Willingham followed with a double down the third base line. Adam Kennedy lined out to second to end the inning.
1:44: The Astros are stil up, 1-0, after two innings. Ian Desmond reached on a two-out double in the Nationals' half. Olsen allowed a leadoff single to Pedro Feliz. He retired the side in order after that, striking out Jason Castro looking at a curveball.
1:29: The Astros lead 1-0. Scott Olsen got off to a rough start, allowing a triple to left-center by Jason Bourgeois and a double by Jeff Keppinger to right, where the wind is blwoing very hard, to begin the game. Hunter Pence smoked a line drive to Justin Maxwell, and two more flyouts ended the inning. It is imperative Olsen keep the ball down in the wind, and he didn't do it.
1:18: Before the first pitch, former president George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara walked down to a seat in the front row next to the Astros dugout. Davey Johnson, who seemed like he knew Bush, introduced him to Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman. The umpiring crew also went over and said hello.
In the top of the first, the Nationals stranded two runners against Bud Norris. Willie Harris was hit by a pitch and stole second, and Chris Duncan walked.
March 13, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
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