Jun 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) is congratulated by third base coach Bob Henley (14) after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Lose A Tough One


The Houston Astros were likely pretty sour going into the second game of their interleague series against the Washington Nationals. Tuesday night’s game didn’t exactly go to plan, and they were looking to right the ship.

The pitching match-up was intriguing enough. Scott Feldman, who has been off and on since returning from the DL, and Gio Gonzalez, making his return from the DL.

The Nationals fired the opening shots, as they put together mini-rallies in the 1st and the 3rd to get out to another quick lead, 2-0. It felt a lot like the other night.

That is, until the 4th inning, where the Astros took a huge bite out of the Nationals and jumped on top, 4-2. It all started where the missed opportunity started last night, just this time they converted. Jose Altuve and George Springer led off with walks and Jon Singleton followed with a single to load the bases. Matt Dominguez has broken out of his slump in a big way, as he continued his hot streak by lacing a single to left and driving in two.

Jason Castro followed with a opposite-field dink-double and Jonathan Villar capped the rally with a sac fly, each scoring one.

The over-worked Astros pen was again called upon early as Feldman would only make it through five innings. He left with five strikeouts, three walks and two earned runs in a position to pick up the win.

The Nationals got one back on yet another two out hit in the 6th on Josh Zeid, but the Astros were quick to answer in the next half inning on a wild pitch that brought Robbie Grossman home.

The Nats wouldn’t go away though, as Anthony Rendon blasted a home run in the following half inning to pull the Nationals back to one down. The same inning saw the Astros lose the lead, as Zimmerman grounded into a fielder’s choice out with runners on first and third, scoring the runner from third.

The Astros have now lost three straight, and four of their last five.

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