at Kissimmee, Fla.
Thursday, March 4
Nationals at the plate: Roger Bernadina went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, and Adam Kennedy and Wil Nieves had one hit each. Designated hitter Josh Whitesell went 2-for-2 with a walk. Nyjer Morgan went 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot, and Elijah Dukes went 0-for-3 in the No. 3 spot in the batting order.Astros at the plate: With a stiff breeze blowing out to center field, the Astros pounded out 21 hits, including five home runs, against a Washington split-squad. Houston wiped out a 5-0 deficit by scoring nine runs in the fourth, with Hunter Pence (3-for-3) leading off the inning with a solo homer and adding a three-run homer later in the frame. Yordany Ramirez, Pedro Feliz, Edwin Maysonet and J.R. Towles each had two hits apiece. Jason Michaels went 3-for-3 with a homer.
Lance Berkman is expected to make his spring debut for the Astros and is scheduled to get two at-bats as the designated hitter. Berkman missed Thursday's opener with a knee bruise, but should return to action against the Tigers. Houston will still be without Carlos Lee, who's in Houston to show cattle at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Washington stays on the road on Friday, moving a few miles to the west to play the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET. Miguel Batista is scheduled to make his first start of the spring for the Nationals, who will face Derek Lowe.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.