WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — José Altuve homered off the first pitch of the game, while Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel added homers as the Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Friday night.
The Astros stringed together their eleventh victory.
Dusty Baker, the Houston manager who won back-to-back NL East titles with Washington in 2016 and 17, won the game that marked his return to Nationals Park.
The Nationals ousted him after two campaigns.
Framber Valdez (2-2) gave up one run over 7 2/3 innings for his first victory since April 7. He extended Houston’s strong pitching performance.
The Astros have allowed just 12 runs during their hot streak, with an ERA of 0.91.
Altuve hit his home run off Josiah Gray’s first pitch. Cuban Gurriel hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run first for Houston, and countryman Alvarez hit a solo shot in the third to make it 6-0.
Gray (4-2) allowed six runs and six hits over six innings with five strikeouts.
For the Astros, Venezuelan Altuve 4-1 with one run scored and one produced. Cubans Álvarez 4-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Gurriel 4-2 with one run scored and two RBIs, Aledmys Díaz 4-0. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 4-0.
For the Nationals, the Venezuelan César Hernández 4-1, Keibert Ruiz 3-0 with a run scored, Alcides Escobar 4-0 with an RBI. The Dominicans Juan Soto 3-1, Nelson Cruz 4-2, Maikel Franco 4-1, Víctor Robles 3-1. Cuban Yadiel Hernández 1-0.