WASHINGTON -- Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs
to help the Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on
Lance Berkman added two RBIs and Carlos Lee had three hits for
Houston, which has won just three of its last 11 games.
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (4-3), who had only one victory in
his previous six starts, allowed four runs and eight hits over 5
1-3 innings to earn the win. He walked one and struck out one. Jose
Valverde worked the ninth for his 24th save in 29 tries.
Washington rookie Collin Balester (1-2) gave up six run - four
earned - and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Willie Harris homered for Washington, which has lost nine of 12
games. The Nationals hit into four double plays, matching a season