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Nationals Score 2 In The 8th, Rally Past Houston

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Wilson Ramos of the Nationals hits a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to drive in the winning run against the Astros. (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Wilson Ramos of the Nationals hits a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to drive in the winning run against the Astros. (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night for their third straight win.

The Nationals improved to 10-3 – they became the first team in the majors to reach 10 wins this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers had nine victories and played later.

Washington drew three walks in the eighth and scored twice against three Astros relievers.

Houston lost its fourth in a row.

Ryan Mattheus (2-0) gave up two hits and a run in the eighth inning but got the win. Henry Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

The Nationals trailed 2-1 when Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) gave up a walk and a single to the first two batters in the eighth. Wesley Wright relieved and walked Adam LaRoche, loading the bases.

Rhiner Cruz then came in and walked Werth, tying the game at 2. A forceout at the plate left the bases loaded for Ramos, who scored LaRoche with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Houston had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth. Jason Castro led off with a double and Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman held him there with a pair of highlight defensive plays – a sliding catch in foul territory of a popped-up bunt and a diving catch on a sharp line drive – before Jordan Schafer’s RBI single that just hopped past the glove of the diving LaRoche at first.

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