Rendon leads Nationals to beat Astros 7-0

Rendon leads Nationals to beat Astros 7-0

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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 30: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by first base coach Tony Tarasco #32 after Rendon's double against Brett Oberholtzer #39 of the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 30, 2014 in Houston,Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 10:49 AM

HOUSTON — Anthony Rendon finished a triple shy of the cycle and had four hits, Jordan Zimmermann pitched smoothly into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 7-0 Wednesday night.

Rendon connected for a two-run double in a four-run fourth and added a solo home run in the sixth. The Houston native added a double in the first and a single in the third but flew out to left in the eighth.

Zimmermann (2-1) scattered seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven to earn his 45th win with the Nationals, making him the winningest pitcher since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington in 2005.

Denard Span and Kevin Frandsen each had two hits and Danny Espinosa also had two hits, including a solo home run in the fifth that chased Brett Oberholtzer (0-5).

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