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Recap: Astros , Nationals
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Date: March 11, 2011 6:05 PM EDT
  

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Livan Hernandez was scheduled to pitch five innings on Friday night. He lasted only three.

The Houston Astros banged out three runs on seven hits against Washington's ace in a 7-6 win over the Nationals.

``I tried to throw inside but it wasn't working,' Hernandez said. ``It wouldn't break for a strike. It would break more down. I tried throwing a comebacker to the mitt for a strike, and it wasn't happening.'

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Hernandez (0-1) threw 77 pitches, 52 for strikes, and faced eight batters in the third inning.

Brett Wallace led the Astros with three hits, including two doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run. Hunter Pence, Chris Johnson, Clint Barmes, Drew Locke and Jason Bourgeois each had two hits for Houston.

Astros starter Lance Pendleton (1-0) went two innings, surrendering one hit with two strikeouts and a walk. Henry Villar also pitched two scoreless innings for Houston.

Jesus Flores hit a two-run home run for the Nationals and Mike Morse had two hits, including a solo home run. Morse leads the team with 12 this spring. He is hitting .480 through 12 games.

``He's really been like this since Day 1 of the spring,' Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. ``He's been outstanding. He seems to put the bat on the ball every at-bat. He's really making a strong case for himself.'

Washington's No. 1 draft pick, Bryce Harper, was 1 for 2 with an RBI. He also was thrown out trying to advance from first to third on a single.

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