The Houston Astros continue to push toward the regular season with serious cuts coming soon to the Spring Training roster. The Astros played their future Spring Training home roommates in the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne on Monday. The Nationals scored two late runs to defeat the Astros, 5-3.
Scott Feldman got the start for the Astros, giving up three runs over 3 2/3 innings. Wilson Ramos touched up Feldman for a home run in the second and Ryan Zimmerman drove in two with a bases-loaded double.
Luis Valbuena scored the Astros' first run with a single to score Carlos Gomez from second in the first inning.
Colin Moran homered off Rafael Martin in the seventh to tie the game, 3-3.
Trea Turner generated a run for the Nationals in the seventh, singling to lead off the inning and stealing second. Turner moved to third on a Brendan Ryan single and scored on a Reed Johnson sacrifice fly. Cutter Dykstra added an insurance run with home run off Jandel Gustave.
Dan Straily pitched two innings for the Astros, allowing one run on four hits.
For the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.