National League Game Summary - Houston at Washington|
(Thursday, April 19th)
Final Score: Houston 11, Washington 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Brian Bogusevic and Jason Castro each had
three hits, two runs batted in and a run scored as the Houston Astros routed
the Washington Nationals, 11-4, to salvage the final game of a four-game set
Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez also knocked in two runs apiece and Matt Downs
drove in one while scoring three times for the Astros, who snapped a four-game
losing streak overall.
Bud Norris (1-0) got the win by allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks
with six strikeouts over six innings. He also knocked in two and scored a
Edwin Jackson (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits with
five strikeouts over five innings. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run of
the year, a three-run shot, as the Nationals lost for just the fourth time
Three first-inning triples helped the Astros spot Norris a five-run lead
before he took the mound.
Altuve hit his second of the year over the head of Nats right fielder Jayson
Werth with one down and came home on Martinez's infield single. After Carlos
Lee got a base hit, Bogusevic bounced one off the scoreboard in right to reach
third and score two. Downs then tied Houston's record for most triples in a
game with one in the gap to left that plated Bogusevic. Finally, Downs trotted
home on Castro's single.
"I couldn't make pitches to get out of it," Jackson said. "I just left a few
balls up, in position to put people away and I didn't."
The string of six consecutive hits was finally snapped when Jackson got Marwin
Gonzalez and Norris on a fly out and pop out, respectively, to end the inning.
Wilson Ramos got Washington on the board with an RBI hit in the second, and
Zimmerman's three-run blast into the bullpen in left pulled the Nats within
5-4 an inning later. Steve Lombardozzi, who hit a leadoff single, and Danny
Espinosa, who followed with a double, scored on the homer.
Despite having thrown 93 pitches, and coming to bat with the bases loaded and
less than two outs, Astros manager Brad Mills left Norris in the game in the
The starter came through, lining a 1-0 fastball into left center to plate
Downs and Castro. He scored on a two-run double by Altuve two batters later
and Martinez then posted another RBI on a groundout to give the Astros their
"It felt nice," Norris said, laughing. "It fell in there and scored two,
another big inning for us, and that's always nice."
Castro's single in the seventh, plating Downs, provided Houston with its final
margin of victory.
Tom Gorzelanny gave up six runs on eight hits in two relief innings for
Washington...Jackson's last regular-season loss came on August 20,
2011...Astros closer Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save
situation...The Nationals were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and
left nine men on base.
04/20 00:17:27 ET