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Berkman powers Astros over Nationals

Lance Berkman belted a three-run homer and scored three times in leading the Houston Astros to a 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

Houston won the game as -120 favorites, and the 13 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9).

Jeff Keppinger had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Astros. Alberto Arias pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-5 at the plate with one RBI for the Nationals. John Lannan gave up 11 hits and five runs over five innings in the loss.