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WASHINGTON -- In their 51-year history, the Houston Astros had never hit three triples in an inning. By the time six batters had come to the plate Thursday night, they had.
The Astros, who had scored just five runs in losing the first three games of the series to Washington, banged out a season-high 17 hits and beat the Nationals 11-4.
The three triples tied a club record for one game, but Houston settled for 12 singles and doubles the rest of the way.
"We were actually talking about that in the dugout - we didn't know if it was some kind of record," Bogusevic said. "Everybody said they hadn't seen it."
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The triples keyed a five-run first inning off Edwin Jackson (1-1), who followed up a 92-pitch two-hitter with a rough start. But after the first, he settled in and allowed only one more hit.
"At that point, the damage is done," Jackson said.
"This team's definitely making strides in the right direction. We see it, and we're excited by it. It felt good to win in an away series," Norris said.
The Nationals entered with a major league-leading 1.92 ERA, but they allowed more runs or hits than they had in any of their first 13 games. Washington had won eight of nine.
Houston, which had lost four straight, also set a season high for runs. It was the 13th time the Astros had three triples in a game.
"It'd be kind of nice to spread it out a bit more, rather than all in one game, but we know it's there," Houston manager Brad Mills said.
The Astros scored five in the first. Altuve tripled with one out and scored on a single by J.D. Martinez. Carlos Lee singled and Bogusevic hit a two-run triple. Downs followed with the third triple of the inning and Castro added an RBI single.
Washington got a run off Norris (1-0) in the second when Wilson Ramos' RBI single scored Adam LaRoche.
The Nationals closed within a run on Ryan Zimmerman's long three-run homer in the third.
Jackson pitched four innings after his rocky first and allowed just one more base hit. In five innings, he gave up five runs and seven hits while striking out five.
"The starters aren't going to have a 1-something (ERA) all year," Zimmerman said. "They're still very good, and I can't wait for Edwin to pitch 30 more times. It happens. Guys aren't going to go seven, eight innings every time."
In the sixth, the Astros scored five times off Tom Gorzelanny. Norris drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, Altuve knocked in two more with a double and another scored on an infield hit by Martinez.
Houston added its final run in the seventh on an RBI single by Castro.
"This was a case where Gorzo's got to hold them. The bullpen's been pretty taxed, pretty much all year," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.
"It wasn't the case where I was going to throw the kitchen sink at them to win that ballgame. I wanted to go into a division series with Miami not with a burdened pen. Gorzo kind of had to take it on the chin."
Norris allowed four runs and 10 hits. He struck out six and walked two.
|Players of the Game|
|Jordan Schafer, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.271|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||2||0||.348|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||.326|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||.184|
|Matt Downs, 3B||5||3||2||1||0||0||2||.182|
|Jason Castro, C||5||1||3||2||0||1||1||.212|
|Marwin Gonzalez, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Bud Norris, P||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.333|
|a- Justin Maxwell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Carpenter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Norris in the 7th|
|2B - Jose Altuve (4, Gorzelanny), Matt Downs (1, Gorzelanny)|
|3B - Jose Altuve (2, Jackson), Brian Bogusevic (1, Jackson), Matt Downs (1, Jackson)|
|RBI - Jose Altuve 2 (5), J.D. Martinez 2 (12), Brian Bogusevic 2 (4), Matt Downs (1), Jason Castro 2 (4), Bud Norris 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Bud Norris (W,1-0)||6||10||4||4||2||6||1||4.26|
|WP - Bud Norris (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 108-72, Wilton Lopez 9-6, David Carpenter 12-8, Brett Myers 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 3-9, Wilton Lopez 1-2, David Carpenter 1-1, Brett Myers 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Bud Norris 30, Wilton Lopez 3, David Carpenter 4, Brett Myers 3|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.471|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.234|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||1||1||3||0||1||4||.236|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.309|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.327|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.211|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.216|
|Roger Bernadina, LF-CF||3||0||2||0||1||1||2||.206|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Xavier Nady, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.182|
|a-flied out for Gorzelanny in the 7th|
|2B - Danny Espinosa (1, Norris)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Norris)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (7), Wilson Ramos (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Edwin Jackson (L,1-1)||5||7||5||5||0||5||0||4.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 89-62, Tom Gorzelanny 46-30, Ryan Mattheus 12-9, Sean Burnett 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-5, Tom Gorzelanny 4-1, Ryan Mattheus 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 22, Tom Gorzelanny 14, Ryan Mattheus 5, Sean Burnett 3|
|Attendance - 18045|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Tim Tschida|