WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Tom Gorzelanny #32 of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout after giving up five runs in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Nationals Park on April 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Houston won the game 11-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Astros: Washington Gives Up 11 Runs, Drops Series Finale

Edwin Jackson gave up three triples and five runs in the first inning, and Tom Gorzelanny was crushed in a relief appearance.

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Astros Vs. Nationals Recap: Washington Blown Out 11-4 In Final Game Of Series

The Washington Nationals dropped the finale of their series with the Houston Astros on Thursday night, 11-4. The Nats did not get a good performance from their starting pitching -- a rare occurrence so far this season. Edwin Jackson gave up five runs in a rough first inning that immediately put Washington in a hole. The inning featured three Houston triples, a franchise record.

Davey Johnson's club would battle back, however, and cut the Houston lead to just one. The Nationals rally back featured a three-run shot by Ryan Zimmerman, his first of the year. But Tom Gorzelanny came on and was shelled in two innings of work. Gorzelanny have up a whopping eight hits in just two innings of work, as the 'Stros blew it open with six earned runs against the overmatched reliever. That would close the book on Washington's chances, as Houston's bullpen gave up only one hit over the final three innings for the 11-4 win.

The Nats' homestand continues on Friday, with NL East foe Miami coming to town. The combustible Carlos Zambrano will start for Ozzie Guillen, and Washington will counter with Ross Detwiler.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Nationals Vs. Astros: Ian Desmond Gets Day Off As Nationals Go For Sweep

Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals will get his first day off of the season on Thursday night as the Washington Nationals face the Houston Astros in the last game of a four game series. Steve Lombardozzi will get the start at shortstop as Edwin Jackson looks to build upon the complete game in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14.

The rest of Washington's lineup is as follows.

The game is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Nationals park with television coverage provided by MASN with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM and 1580 WFHS AM.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Nationals Vs. Astros: Nationals Rally In 8th For 3-2 Win

The Nationals scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Houston Astros, 3-2 Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

The win improved the Nationals' record to 10-3, the best start to a season for the Nationals/Expos franchise since 1981.

Jordan Zimmermann was unlucky to get a no decision on the evening, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings of play. He left the game with the score tied 1-1. Houston had taken a 1-0 lead on Travis Buck's RBI groundout in the top of the fourth inning. Washington tied the score in the bottom of the seventh when Roger Bernadina's two-out double scored Rick Ankiel.

Ryan Mattheus came in for the eighth inning and allowed Houston to break the tie, as Jason Castro scored on Jordan Schafer's single.

Fortunately for Washington, Houston's bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as Fernando Rodriguez, Wesley Wright, and Rhiner Cruz allowed the first four batters to reach in the bottom of the eighth, with the tying run scoring on Jayson Werth's bases-loaded walk. After Ankiel grounded into a fielder's choice, Wilson Ramos lifted a sacrifice fly into center field that scored Adam LaRoche with the winning run.

Henry Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Nationals Vs. Astros: Jordan Zimmermann Tries To Keep Washington's Streak Going

The Washington Nationals are off to their best start since moving to D.C. and the best start in franchise history since 1981. They can crack 10 wins on the season against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. By comparison, they didn't win game number 10 until they played 20 games in 2011.

After Gio Gonzalez shut down the Astros by pitching seven shutout innings for his first win as a National, Jordan Zimmermann now remains the only National in the starting rotation to not have a win. This has not been for a lack of good pitching, Zimmermann currently has a 1.29 ERA in two starts including seven innings allowing one run, against Cincinnati on April 13. The Nationals offense has only plated one run with Zimmermann pitching this season while his run support is 2.82 since the start of last season, worst in the league.

The Astros send Lucas Harrell to the bump Wednesday. Harrell is currently 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA but is looking to rebound from a shaky four inning start with four runs allowed against the Miami Marlins on April 13.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. from Nationals Park. Television coverage will be provided by MASN with radio coverage provided by 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

Here's the Nationals starting lineup for tonight's game.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Astros Vs. Nationals Recap: Gio Gonzalez Dominant In Quick 1-0 Win Over Houston

The Washington Nationals defeated the lowly Houston Astros with in Game 2 of their four-game set Tuesday night. It was a quick and tidy game featuring excellent pitching by both Gio Gonzalez and Wandy Rodriguez. The game was in the sixth inning just over an hour after first pitch, with both starters working quickly and moving through the opposing lineups. The game lasted only two hours and 12 minutes.

The Nationals would score in the bottom of the fourth, as an Andy LaRoche single to left brought home Jayson Werth for what would be the game's only run. Both Werth and LaRoche have been a nice combination in the middle of the order over the first two weeks of the season, and Werth's double started the first and only real threat Washington had all evening against Rodriguez.

Gonzalez was dynamite, throwing 91 pitches in seven innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out eight to get his first win of the season. He had pitched well in his prior two starts, but he took it up a notch against Houston. The eight strikeout performance had the crowd at Nats' park on their feet, even if it was against a less-than-stellar Astros' lineup.

Tyler Clippard came on in the 8th inning, and worked through a leadoff bunt single to retire the side. He ended the inning with an emphatic strikeout, blowing one by Justin Maxwell. In the 9th, Brad Lidge certainly made things interesting, giving up a leadoff double to Jed Lowrie who ripped one into the right field corner. Lidge was then extremely wild against J.D. Martinez, walking him to put the first two batters on. But he battled back, inducing a fly out and hard line out to center before retiring Travis Buck to complete the save. The Nationals will look to clinch the series tomorrow night, with Jordan Zimmermann looking for his first win of the season.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Nationals Vs. Astros Preview: Gio Gonzalez Starts For Washington Against Houston

The Washington Nationals got back to their winning ways on Monday with a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Tuesday, Gio Gonzalez looks for his first win of the season against Houston. Gonzalez had a shaky first start, pitching three and two-thirds innings while allowing four runs on seven hits and walking three batters in the April 7 game against the Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez rebounded on April 12, pitching seven innings and striking out seven batters against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Astros will send pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the bump as he also looks for his first win of the season. Rodriguez pitched five innings and allowed four runs on six hits in his last start, a loss against the Atlanta Braves. However, his recent history against the Nationals is good, going 5-1 in his career, including 3-0 in Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman went two for four in Monday's game, increasing his hitting streak against the Astros to nine consecutive home games. In that span he is hitting .425, and has hit .369 against the Astros since 2007, the highest against any opponent.

Per CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman, here's the Nationals lineup for tonight's game.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch from Nationals Park. Television coverage will be provided by MASN with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM and 1500 AM WFED.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Astros Vs. Nationals Recap: Stephen Strasburg Solid In Home Debut, Washington Wins 6-3

The Washington Nationals bounced back on Monday night in Stephen Strasburg's home debut, defeating the Houston Astros 6-3 at Nats Park. It was Strasburg's second win of the season, and the Nats picked up their starter in the 6th inning to get him the win.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead on some small ball, when Steve Lombardozzi put down a bunt on the third base side for a single. Astros' starter Kyle Weiland came off the mound to field it and threw it up the right field line, allowing Ian Desmond to score from third. Lombardozzi had four hits on the night, including a bloop double down the left field line that scored two more. In addition to Lombardozzi, Wilson Ramos went the other way off Weiland, belting his first homer of the season just over the right-centerfield fence for the Nationals' second run of the night.

Strasburg got in a jam in the top of the 6th, loading the bases with nobody out. It looked like he would get out of it after Carlos Lee lined to center and Houston held the runner at third after a rope from Rick Ankiel. But after Strasburg struck out Travis Buck, Chris Johnson lined one to right to score two. It was the only damage Houston would do against the Nationals' ace, who went six innings and struck out five.

It was a solid bounce-back win for Washington, defeating what many feel will be the worst team in the majors this season. Game 2 of the series will feature Gio Gonzalez and Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night.

For more on this series check out the SBNation Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more information on the team in the other clubhouse, check out the Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, check out the MLB Hub on SBNation.com.

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Nationals Vs. Astros Preview: Stephen Strasburg To Start Series Opener Against Houston

The Washington Nationals start a four-game series with the Houston Astros on Monday night. Can ace Stephen Strasburg continue his strong start against a struggling Astros team?

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