The Washington Nationals found themselves scratching and clawing to pick up a win against the Houston Astros on Wednesday evening. The Nats took an early lead on a Bryce Harper RBI single in the top of the first inning, but Houston tied the game right away in the bottom of the inning.
Gio Gonzalez helped his early pitching performance by hitting a two-run home run to give the Nats a 3-1 lead. Gonzalez hit some bumps in the road through the game however, as Gonzalez spattered nine hits through nine innings of work, picking up the complete game victory.
The Astros cut into the lead and even looked like they would make a late ninth inning rally to tie the Nats as Ben Francisco knocked in a late run to pull within a single run. Gonzalez was able to clamp down and hold on, however.
Michael Morse was also able to extend his hitting streak to 17 games on Wednesday night in the win.