Guillen, Zimmerman homer twice in win

Guillen, Zimmerman homer twice in win

at Viera, Fla.
Sunday, March 26

Astros at the plate: Lance Berkman had three RBIs, while Eric Munson, Mike Lamb and Jason Lane drove in a run apiece.

Nationals at the plate: Jose Guillen and Ryan Zimmerman each connected on a pair of two-run homers, while Alfonso Soriano added a solo shot. Nick Johnson and Marlon Anderson drive in a run apiece with singles. Michael Tucker collected a two-run triple.

Astros on the mound: Brandon Backe pitched six innings and gave up eight runs on 10 hits. Mike Gallo pitched an inning and gave up two runs. Brad Lidge pitched an inning and gave up three runs.

Nationals on the mound: John Patterson pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked one. He threw 88 pitches, 58 for strikes. Gary Majewski pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up four runs and three hits.

Grapefruit League records: Astros 9-15; Nationals 8-18-1.

Up next: The Nationals travel to Jupiter, Fla., to play the Cardinals on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the Astros travel to Lakeland, Fla., to play the Indians at 12:05 p.m. CT.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.