- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Astros 8, Nationals 2

KISSIMMEE, Fla.

Houston’s four-run second inning against starter Tony Armas Jr. yesterday at Osceola County Stadium sunk Washington’s chances for a fourth straight exhibition win.

Armas surrendered five hits in the fateful second, including a triple by Luke Scott and doubles by Willy Tavares and Adam Everett. He departed after the third inning, having already reached his pitch count.

The Astros weren’t done, though. They struck for another run in the fourth off Gary Majewski, then tagged left-hander Joe Horgan for three more during the seventh and eighth.

The Nationals scored both of their runs in the top of the first, thanks to singles by Carlos Baerga, Jose Vidro and J.J. Davis off Houston’s Andy Pettitte.

THE BUZZ

Down — Tony Armas Jr.

Says he’s not concerned about results yet. In two weeks, he will be.

Up — Andy Pettitte

Astros lefty looks solid in first outing of spring.

Down — Jeffrey Hammonds

Veteran OF gets re-assigned to minors.

Up — Viera golf courses

Should get plenty of use today with the Nationals off.

BY THE NUMBERS

913-1,004

Record for Frank Robinson in 14 seasons as a major league manager.

6.94

ERA in spring training for Tony Armas Jr. after yesterday’s start.

OVERHEARD

“I don’t know. Are we in it?”

—19-YEAR-OLD SHORTSTOP IAN DESMOND, QUIZZED BY TEAMMATES TO NAME THREE MEMBERS OF THE NL EAST.

NATIONALS’ SCHEDULE

TODAY: Off

TOMORROW: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1 p.m.

FRIDAY: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1 p.m.

SATURDAY: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 1 p.m.

MONDAY: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: vs. Mets in Viera, 1 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Rain, 49 degrees.

Viera: Scattered thunderstorms, 80 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman

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