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Astros Vs. Nationals: Bats Quiet Again In 3-2 Loss

For the third night in a row, the Astros offense was held in check. After scoring three runs in the first two games of the series (zero Tuesday), Houston could only plate two runs Wednesday night, falling 3-2 to the Nationals.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman gave up one run on four hits over seven innings. Houston took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Travis Buck in the fourth inning. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when the Nationals tied the game on a double. The Astros answered right back with a run in the top of the eighth on a Jordan Schafer double, but a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly scored two runs for Washington in the bottom of the inning.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell had a similar line to Zimmerman, giving up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodriguez struggled in relief, walking two batters and giving up a hit in 1/3 of an inning. The two runs in the eighth were credited to him and he picked up the loss. The Astros will try to avoid a four-game sweep with the final game of the series Thursday night. Houston has lost seven of its last eight games.

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