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Hernandez roughed up as Astros beat Nationals

Livan Hernandez was scheduled to pitch five innings on Friday night. He lasted only three.

The Houston Astros banged out three runs on seven hits against Washington's ace in a 7-6 win over the Nationals.

"I tried to throw inside but it wasn't working," Hernandez said. "It wouldn't break for a strike. It would break more down. I tried throwing a comebacker to the mitt for a strike, and it wasn't happening."

Hernandez (0-1) threw 77 pitches, 52 for strikes, and faced eight batters in the third inning.

Brett Wallace led the Astros with three hits, including two doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run. Hunter Pence, Chris Johnson, Clint Barmes, Drew Locke and Jason Bourgeois each had two hits for Houston.

Astros starter Lance Pendleton (1-0) went two innings, surrendering one hit with two strikeouts and a walk. Henry Villar also pitched two scoreless innings for Houston.

Jesus Flores hit a two-run home run for the Nationals and Mike Morse had two hits, including a solo home run. Morse leads the team with 12 this spring. He is hitting .480 through 12 games.

"He's really been like this since Day 1 of the spring," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's been outstanding. He seems to put the bat on the ball every at-bat. He's really making a strong case for himself."

Washington's No. 1 draft pick, Bryce Harper, was 1 for 2 with an RBI. He also was thrown out trying to advance from first to third on a single.