VIERA, Fla. Jarred Cosart pitched five perfect innings Wednesday night, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Cosart struck out nine, including six in a row and seven of eight. The right-hander had come into the game with a 7.17 ERA through his previous three starts.

Anthony Rendon became Washington s first base runner when he singled off Houston s Raul Valdes with one out in the sixth.

Washington starter Taylor Jordan, who is competing for the team s fifth starting spot, allowed three hits and one run over five innings. He struck out three.

The Nationals were held to just five hits. Jesus Guzman hit a solo home run for the Astros.

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