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Baseball: For second straight game, Nats top Astros in extra innings

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HOUSTON—Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer early, and his RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3—2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Michael Morse was 0 for 4 when he doubled to start the 12th inning and extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. He was replaced by pinch-runner Cesar Izturis, who was making his first appearance for Washington after being claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on Monday.

Roger Bernadina advanced Izturis to third with a sacrifice bunt. Espinosa’s sharp grounder off Mickey Storey (0—1) skipped past the pitcher for a hit that brought Izturis home and gave the Nationals their second straight extra-inning win over Houston.

The loss dropped the Astros to 0—11 in extra-inning games this season. Washington beat them 5—4 in 11 innings on Monday.

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