Author: HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Yadiel Hernandez and Maikel Franco have returned home and the Washington Nationals ended the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak, winning 13: 6 on Saturday night.
Manager Dusty Baker and the Astros lagged one match behind by achieving a record 12-match franchise winning streak in 1999, 2004 and 2018.
“We didn’t want to win every match,” Baker said. “I would like to, but it was their night. We just have to dust it off and start a new series tomorrow. “
Houston employees reached an ERA of 0.91 during this recent match, but Nelson Cruz and Nationals collected 14 hits and five oversteps against five pitchers. Starter Cristian Javier (2-1) was marked with seven runs and eight hits during the 3 2/3 inning – the Astros allowed a total of four runs during the last five matches.
“It was hard for us yesterday (6: 1 loss) and they were able to beat us, but today we all did a great job of making adjustments and being aggressive,” Hernandez said through an interview. interpreter.
Jose Siri had a homer, triple and single for Houston. Yuli Gurriel also had three hits
Cruz had a double triple, two singles and a Nationals run – which improved to 5-14 at home. Juan Soto doubled, walked twice and scored three points.
“When you have guys like Cruz and Hernandez, they’re dangerous there and they got big hits when they needed them,” Baker said. “I think their first seven runs were with two outs, and that usually worked out.”
Josh Rogers (2-2) worked a winning one inning. Washington starter Erick Fedde was lifted after Siri’s leader increased to 7: 3 in the fifth game.
Hernandez hit the RBI single in the first and added a three-run homer to the Nationals bullpen in the third for a 4-0 lead.
Houston got the two back in the fourth, but the Nationals recorded the basics in the bottom half with two bunt singles and a one-out walking soto. Josh Bell jumped out, but a right-handed Cruz knocked a quick ball away from Javier from the base of the wall in the right center to clear the foundations.
“I did pretty well,” Cruz said. “This height was also a bit off the plate, so being able to stay on it and hit it so hard is a good sign.”
The Washington slugger has hit safely in seven of the last eight games, raising its average to 0.200.
Franco hit a two-point homer in the fifth round and added a double RBI in the four-lane sixth.
Astros: 2B Jose Altuve, who was called off in the ninth inning on Friday for precautionary reasons in exchange for a defense after slipping on the lawn earlier in the match, was given a scheduled leave. … SS Jeremy Peña missed his second match since Thursday’s match in Minnesota due to a knee injury. Baker said Altuve and Peña would play on Sunday.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (recovery from chest ejaculation surgery) and RHP Joe Ross (removal of the right elbow promontory) played two-wall simulated matches in Florida on Friday. Manager Dave Martinez said the two will continue their five-day routine until they have worked up to 90 courses.
The Astros won on Wednesday from the Giants midfielder / outfielder Mauritius Dubon in exchange for a catcher in the lower league, Michael Papiersky. Dubon, 27, scored 0.239 with two home runs in 21 matches for the Giants. He is expected to join Astros on Sunday.
Soto made it to the base in 12 consecutive games, scoring 15 in 48 (0.313) with three singles, four home, seven walks and 11 scored runs. His two walks on Saturday gave him a 401 in 499 career matches.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (4-1. 1.55 ERA) in his final start, on Tuesday against the Twins, played eight offs and allowed one hit. He leads 2-0 with an ERA of 2.57 in two career starts against the Nationals.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-5, 6.06) faces Astros for the first time since the 7th match of the 2019 World Series, when he scored three goals-free changes.
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