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Gonzalez Starts Strong, But Astros Top Nationals

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) – Gio Gonzalez struck out the first five batters he faced then struggled to get out of the second inning as the Washington Nationals lost to the Houston Astros 7-3 Monday night.

 

Carlos Corporan followed George Springer’s two-out infield hit, which tipped off of Gonzalez’ glove, with a two-run homer. Gonzalez then gave up a walk, a double and hit a batter to load the bases before escaping on a flyball out.

 

Of perhaps more concern to the Nationals is that closer Rafael Soriano had his second rough outing, giving up five runs on five hits in just 2-3 of an inning.

 

Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed one run and recorded 10 ground ball outs in four innings.

 

AP-WF 3/10/2014 20:46

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