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Astros 6, Nationals 1: Fiers, homers finish off Nats

MLB: Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros lost a tough one-run baseball game on Tuesday. But rebounded nicely on all fronts on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Mike Fiers set the table with a strong outing. He allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one. Fiers had four 1-2-3 innings. The only offensive inning for the Nationals was in the third. Andrew Stevenson doubled and Howie Kendrick singled to put runners on the corners. Wilmer Difo lifted a fly ball to center to score Stevenson. But that was it for the Nats.

The Astros spoiled a Marwin Gonzalez double early, but Houston took the lead in the fifth inning. Jose Altuve led off the fourth with a triple and later scored on a Josh Reddick sacrifice fly in the fourth. Jake Marisnick blasted his 15th home run in the fourth to put Houston up 2-1.

The Astros pulled away in the eighth inning with home runs from Max Stassi and Alex Bregman. Bregman's blast had two runners on to put Houston up 6-0.

Joe Musgrove looked strong in the eighth inning, striking out two in his one inning. Francisco Liriano had a clean ninth inning.