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Nationals Vs. Astros: Washington Completes Sweep With 5-0 Win

The Washington Nationals finished off a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-0 win at Minute Maid Park Thursday night.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-6) was near his best, throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, and striking out 11, matching a career high previously set in a May 12, 2011 game against the Atlanta Braves. Mike Gonzalez, Sean Burnett, and Drew Storen each pitched a scoreless inning to secure the win.

On offense, the Nationals were lead by Michael Morse, who hit his 9th and 10th home runs of the season in the 6th and 8th innings, respectively. Both were solo shots that made a 2-0 lead a 4-0 lead. Washington initially jumped in front with two runs in the top of the 4th inning, as Adam LaRoche drove in Roger Bernadina with a single to right field and Morse followed with a sacrifice fly that drove in Ryan Zimmerman.

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