Nats Snap Astros Winning Streak

By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 12:19 AM CDT
Washington Nationals' Rob Mackowiak, left, tumbles after being forced out on the front of a double play by Houston Astros' Kazuo Matsui, right, during a game last night in Houston.   (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
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(Newser) – Willie Harris and Rob Mackowiak homered to help the Washington Nationals beat Houston 8-3 last night and end the Astros' five-game winning streak. John Lannan (3-3) allowed seven hits in six innings and the Nationals snapped Houston's eight-game winning streak at Minute Maid Park. The Astros averaged 7.3 runs and 11.5 hits in their previous eight home games.

Austin Kearns had a two-run single off Brandon Backe (2-4) as the Nationals won for the third time in their last 15 road games. Backe had a career-high nine strikeouts, but lost for only the fifth time in his last 21 decisions at home. Lance Berkman went 2-for-3 and has five consecutive multihit games.  Nick Johnson has reached base in 27 of 30 starts this season.