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Houston Astros Defeat Washington Nationals After 11 Innings

The Major League worst Houston Astros (33-65) defeated the Washington Nationals

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Thomas B. Shea, Getty Images

(48-50) Wednesday afternoon to give Houston its first back-to-back wins and series victory for the first time since taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers in June.

Pinch hitter Jason Michaels hit an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Houston to a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Prior to Michaels getting the call to step in and pitch hit, catcher Humberto Quintero singled to right field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Quintero took third on a single by Michael Bourn to set up Michaels’ game-winning single to centerfield off Todd Coffey.

Houston jumped out to an early lead scoring a single run in the first and second inning, but in one swing of the bat Nationals outfielder Jason Werth jacked a two-run shot into the left-field Crawford boxes in the 6th inning to knot the contest up at two a piece.

Astros rookie second baseman Jose Altuve picked up his first big league hit with a single to right field off Tyler Clippard with two outs in the ninth. Altuve was called up to the Major League roster after the team dealt utility infielder Jeff Keppinger to the San Francisco Giants.

Starting pitcher Brett Myers picked up a no-decision, but had a strong outing going seven innings, allowing two earned runs of eight hits, while striking out four. Houston will have Thursday off before hitting the road for 10 games to close out the month.

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