Lannan looks strong as Nationals top Astros

John Lannan allowed two runs and two hits over five innings and

the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 7-4

Monday.

Roger Bernadina homered for the second consecutive day for the

Nationals, this one a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He also

singled in three at-bats. Washington catcher Wilson Ramos and first

baseman Chad Tracy both had two hits and an RBI.

Lannan was named the Nationals fifth starter on Monday with

Chien-Ming Wang expected to start the season on the disabled list.

He struck out five.

Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run of the spring for the

Astros, a solo shot off of Lannan. Brandon Barnes had two hits and

also hit a home run for Houston.