HOUSTON -- It took the Houston Astros only seven minutes to lose a game that took over two months to complete.
They put that all behind them nine innings later with a victory against the Washington Nationals.
"Nice win," manager Cecil Cooper said, "particularly after kind of a heartbreaking loss there at the beginning."
Lance Berkman's three-run homer was one of 16 hits used by the Astros in a 9-4 victory Thursday night. The win came a few hours after the Astros lost the completion of a suspended game from May, 11-10 in 11 innings -- a result that gave former Nationals reliever Joel Hanrahan the victory.
"There wasn't a whole lot of buildup," Berkman said. "We moved on and got ready for the regular game. It was like it never even happened."
He was replaced by Jason Bergmann, who struck out Jason Michaels. Michael Bourn gave Houston the lead with his run-scoring triple that bounced off the wall in left field, and Miguel Tejada added an RBI single.
Berkman's 18th home run was a two-out shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field in the eighth inning.
Cooper thought his team might have took a while to get going in the regular game because it was down about losing the suspended game. Berkman disagreed.
"The continuation didn't last long enough for it to be disappointing," he said. "I went out there and moved some dirt around and then walked off the field. That was pretty much it, so it wasn't really that disappointing."
"I felt once we won the first one, we had some momentum, things were all on our side," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "But we just couldn't keep adding on after we got that lead."
Lannan allowed 11 hits with five runs in five-plus innings.
Astros starter Russ Ortiz gave up six hits and four runs with two walks in three innings.
Afterward, unhappy with being taken out of the game, he went on an almost seven-minute long tirade voicing his frustration.
"It became apparent to me from the very beginning of the season that I wasn't going to be given much of a chance or room for error and today is another example of that," he said. "The last two months, I don't think I've really struggled pitching. I struggled today and I'm out after three innings and we come back and win. I don't understand it and I haven't been given a real good reason why I was taken [out]."
Ortiz, who has alternated between the rotation and the bullpen this season, went on to say that Cooper has told him doesn't like a starting pitcher who walks as many people and throws as many pitches as he does.
Cooper discussed his reasoning for taking Ortiz out before the pitcher spoke.
"It looked like things were going to go the other way on us and Russ was struggling a little bit in the zone," he said. "So just sometimes you've got to make a call. It might not have been the popular one, but you've still got to make what you think is the right one."
Alberto Arias (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth for the victory.