HOUSTON -- Manager Jim Riggleman shuffled his Nationals lineup a little for Wednesday night's game with the Houston Astros. Riggleman returned Nyjer Morgan, who had batted second the last two games, to the leadoff spot with Cristian Guzman returning to No. 2 in the order. He also flip-flopped Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, moving Dunn up to third and hitting Zimmerman cleanup. "I wanted Zimmerman hitting behind Dunn today and [Josh] Willingham hitting behind Zimmerman," Riggleman said. "Try to protect them all the best I can. We're struggling a little bit to score runs."
The manager changed his order the last two days, hitting Guzman leadoff ahead of Morgan to try to get Morgan going again. He hit only .223 in May. It seemed to work. Morgan went 5-for-9 in the two games, scoring six runs and also drawing a walk. "Tomorrow I'll probably have [Morgan] back in the second spot," he said. "Today I didn't want two and three to be left-handed [facing Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez]. I wanted to break that up. Out of necessity I put Nyjer back in the one spot. My plan was to have [Morgan] hit second for a week to 10 days."