HOWIE RUMBERG   AP Sports Writer

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ Laynce Nix hit an RBI double in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat a New York Mets splitsquad Tuesday.

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has tendinitis in his left knee and will be out four to five days. He said the problem was caused by compensating for his troubled right knee.Mets minor leaguer Cory Vaughn, son of former All-Star sluggerGreg Vaughn, hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth in his first
at-bat of spring training.

Chris Capuano, competing for a spot at the back end of the Mets’ rotation, gave up five hits and two solo home runs in four innings.Jordan Zimmermann worked three sharp innings, allowing a double
to Willie Harris and striking out four.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee had RBI hits during a three-run first inning against Oliver Perez and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday in a split-squad

Pence, who added a double in the third inning, is 11 for 21 this spring.Perez, competing for a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation, isin the final season of his three-year, $36 million contract. He gave up three runs on four hits in three innings. Pence singled home a run and Lee had a two-run double.

Astros starter Nelson Figueroa pitched three innings, giving up a run on a sacrifice fly by Zach Lutz.
J.R. Towles homered for the Astros off Pat Misch in the fourth.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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