HOUSTON (AP) — Mauricio Dubón, Kyle Tucker, Martín Maldonado and Chas McCormick each hit solo homers to back up a solid start by rookie Hunter Brown and lead the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Brown (6-3) scattered four hits across seven scoreless innings after losing two in a row.
Dubón put the Astros up 1-0 when he knocked a changeup from Patrick Corbin (4-7) into the seats in left field with no outs in the fifth. There was one out in the inning when Tucker then hit his ninth home run this season to right field to make it 2-0.
It was Washington’s first visit to Houston since the Nationals won their only championship by beating the Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. Corbin was also on the mound in that game, pitching three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
Tuesday, he struggled with command, walking a season-high five while allowing four hits and two runs in five innings.
The Astros started this nine-game homestand on a high note, giving them a much-needed boost after going 2-5 on a road trip, which ended Sunday.
The game featured multiple milestones from Astros hitters. José Abreu had two hits to give him 1,501 career hits, making him the 21st active player to reach 1,500 hits and the 12th Cuban-born player to do it.
Maldonado’s homer extended Houston’s lead to 3-0 in the seventh and was the 100th of his career. José Altuve walked with one out in that inning and scored the 1,000th run of his career on a single by Abreu with two outs.
Altuve is the fourth player in franchise history to score at least 1,000 runs, joining Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio and fellow Killer B Lance Berkman.
The Nationals had a runner on second with two outs in the seventh when Jake Meyers crashed into the center field wall after making a leaping catch on a fly ball hit by Dominic Smith to end Brown’s night. Brown pounded his hand into his glove and yelled, “Let’s go” after watching Meyers make the nifty grab.
Lane Thomas doubled with two outs in the eighth and scored on a single by Luis Garcia to cut the lead to 4-1.
McCormick’s homer came with no outs in the bottom of the inning and Altuve added an RBI single with two outs to push the lead to 6-1.
Abreu collected his 1,500th career hit on a double on a line drive to right-center field to start Houston’s second. The Astros announced the milestone at the end of the inning and put a graphic with his picture and the number on the big screen as he tipped his cap to the crowd.
Similar graphics and announcements were made for Maldonado’s and Altuve’s milestones at the end of the seventh inning.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session this weekend as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Astros: SS Jeremy Peña missed a second straight game Tuesday with an unspecified illness. Manager Dusty Baker said he was feeling better Tuesday and could return Wednesday.
Houston LHP Framber Valdez (6-5, 2.36 ERA) opposes RHP Josiah Gray (4-5, 3.00) when the series continues Wednesday night.
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