Rafael Soriano had his roughest outing of spring training. Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was hardly concerned.
Soriano, making his fourth appearance, gave up a leadoff single to Houston's Brandon Laird and a first-pitch home run to Nate Freiman to give the Astros a one-run lead in the seventh inning Thursday.
Micah Owings answered for Washington with a grand slam in the bottom half, leading the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over Houston.
''I thought he threw the ball good,'' Johnson said of Soriano. ''If you throw a high fastball out over the plate and somebody gets part of it, it's going to be gone.
''But he was basically just getting his work in. He used a few extra pitches. Early on, he was just getting his location and his arm stretched out. That's what you expect,'' Johnson added. ''Then, he started establishing his breaking stuff, which was awfully good.''
Soriano would come back to strike out two of the next three hitters to end his inning. The two runs he gave...