Brian Dopirak’s RBI double in the ninth won the game for Houston, which got two hits, two runs scored and an RBI from Jason Michaels. Wandy Rodriguez was charged with a run on four hits over four innings of work.
Jerry Hairston Jr. went 3-for-3 and Roger Bernadina drove in two runs for the Nationals. Tom Gorzelanny was touched for three runs — two earned — on five hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Astros will run a split-squad tomorrow, taking on the Washington Nationals at 5:05 and the Boston Red Sox at 12:05. Jason Michaels, who had been playing through back spams for the Astros, returned today and went 2-2 as a designated hitter. He hasn’t been cleared to play the field yet, but that may happen in the next day or so.