National League Game Summary - Houston at Washington|
(Wednesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Houston 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Wilson Ramos' sacrifice fly in the eighth
inning was the difference as the Washington Nationals topped the Houston
Astros, 3-2, in the third of a four-game series at Nationals Park.
Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina knocked in the other runs for Washington,
which improved to 10-3 on the season.
Ryan Mattheus (2-0) earned the win despite allowing a run in an inning of
relief, while Henry Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his
third save of the year.
"I definitely think it builds confidence. It's good for this team to get wins
like that, especially early in the season," said Werth. "We'll take the wins
as we can get them right now and hopefully they'll keep coming."
Jordan Schafer had two hits and an RBI in the Astros' fourth straight loss and
their seventh in the last eight games.
Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up two runs in one-third of
an inning of relief.
Jordan Zimmermann got the start for Washington and allowed one run on four
hits through seven innings, while Lucas Harrell gave up a run on four hits and
three walks in a 6 2/3-inning start for the Astros.
The Nationals entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 2-1 after
Schafer's RBI single in the top of the frame, but quickly loaded the bases
with a walk by Danny Espinosa, a single by Ryan Zimmerman and an Adam LaRoche
walk off new pitcher Wesley Wright.
Rhiner Cruz then took the mound and issued a free pass to Werth, scoring
Espinosa. Rick Ankiel followed with a grounder to second that Jose Altuve
fielded and threw home for the force out before Ramos lifted a fly ball to
center field to plate LaRoche and give Washington a 3-2 lead.
In the ninth, Henry Rodriguez fanned Justin Maxwell, got Carlos Lee to line
out to center and induced a Brian Bogusevic grounder to second to close the
door for the Nationals.
"We're in every game. We just have to do the little things right throughout
the game to get wins there," Schafer said.
Houston manufactured the game's first run in the fourth inning when Schafer
led off the frame with a bunt single before stealing second and coming home on
back-to-back groundouts by Jed Lowrie and Travis Buck.
Washington stranded a runner in scoring position in the first, second and
fifth innings, but was finally able to get the big hit it needed in the
seventh to tie the game at one.
After Ankiel hammered a one-out double off the base of the center-field wall,
he advanced to third on a balk by Harrell during a Ramos at-bat.
Ramos eventually struck out, but Bernadina followed by slapping a double into
left field to bring home Ankiel.
Fernando Rodriguez then entered the game in relief of Harrell and walked
pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi before getting Ian Desmond to pop out in foul
territory to keep it a 1-1 game.
The Nationals have now won their first four series to start the season...Werth
went 0-for-2 to snap his nine-game hit streak...Washington went 1-for-9 with
runners in scoring position and left eight men on base...Houston hit 1-for-7
with runners in scoring position and stranded three.
04/19 01:42:52 ET