Nationals crush homers, Strasburg handles Astros, 8-2

Washington goes back-to-back-to-back in third inning

The Nationals crushed back-to-back-to-back homers in a four run third inning as they cruised past the Houston Astros 8-2 before 24,238 at Nationals Park.

Washington takes the series 2 games to 1 and finished the home stand with 4-5 record. It was the 67th win of the season for the Nats, two off last year’s total with 17 games left.

Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman crushed the three round trippers in a row off of losing pitcher Henry Sosa (2-4). It was the first time since the Nats turned the trick against the Astros in Houston on July 11, 2009. Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn with the honor that day.

Stephen Strasburg was efficient in his second start of 2011, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. He struck out four and walked none. He allowed an RBI single by Carlos Lee and threw 57 pitches, 39 for strikes, so he was pulled for a pinch hitter late in the big third inning rally for the Nats.

Tom Gorzelanny (3-6) came on and allowed just one hit in three innings for the victory.

Chris Marrero had two hits and two RBI. Zimmerman also had 2 RBI and Laynce Nix offered a pinch hit RBI single in the seventh.

The Nationals begin a four game set in New York against the Mets tomorrow night.

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