End of Astros’ 11-game winning streak, Nationals Romp 13-6 | Sports News

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yadiel Hernandez and Maikel Franco homered and the Washington Nationals ended the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak, winning 13-6 on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker and the Astros missed a game to tie the franchise-record 12-game winning streak achieved in 1999, 2004 and 2018.

The Houston staff had a .91 ERA on that recent run, but Nelson Cruz and the Nationals had 14 hits and five walks against five pitchers. Starter Cristian Javier (2-1) was scored for seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings – the Astros had allowed a total of four runs in their last five games.

Jose Siri homered, tripled and singled for Houston. Yuli Gurriel also had three hits

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Cruz had a three-run double, two singles and a walk for the Nationals – who improved to 5-14 at home. Juan Soto doubled, walked twice and scored three points.

Josh Rogers (2-2) worked an inning for the win. Washington starter Erick Fedde was relieved after Siri’s first homer in the fifth made it 7-3.

Hernandez hit an RBI single in the first and added a three-run homer to the Nationals bullpen in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Houston recovered two in the fourth, but the Nationals charged in the bottom half with two bunt singles and a one-out walk to Soto. Josh Bell came out, but Cruz fielded a fastball from Javier on the base of the wall to center right to clear the bases.

Franco hit a two-runner homer in the fifth and Washington added four more runs in the sixth.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve, lifted for a defensive substitution in the ninth inning Friday for precautionary reasons after slipping on the grass earlier in the game, was given a scheduled day off. … SS Jeremy Peña missed his second game since leaving a game Thursday at Minnesota with a knee injury. Baker said Peña could play on Sunday.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (recovering from thoracic outlet surgery) and RHP Joe Ross (right elbow bone spur removal) each pitched two-inning mock games Friday in Florida. Manager Dave Martinez said the two will follow a five-day routine until they work up to 90 pitches.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (4-1. 1.55 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings and allowed one hit in his final start on Tuesday against the Twins. He’s 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-5, 6.06) faces the Astros for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series when he pitched three scoreless relief innings.

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