Dusty Baker is the 10th overall manager of the Astros with 11 straight wins.


The Houston Astros continued their 11-game winning streak by defeating the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Friday night (box score). Houston is tied for the lead with the New York Yankees for the longest winning streak in the MLB this season. The other team has yet to record a seven-game winning streak.

The win also became Dusty Baker’s 2009 managerial career, beating Leo Durocher for the 10th time:

Astros jumped into the Nationals early and allowed five runs in the first inning. Jose Altou opened the scoring with a solo home run, and Houston raced from there. Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez both scored, while Yuli Gurriel pushed the Houston lead 5-0 with a two-run homer. Alvarez later offered his own home run to give Astros an insurmountable 6-0 lead.

Houston left-hander Framber Valdez went without a run with seven hits and two walks. He struck out six. Astros took 1 ⅓ shutout innings from Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly.

The Astros will attempt to increase their winning streak to 12 on Saturday night as part of a three-game weekend against the Nationals. Houston then completes a nine-game road trip with three games against the Boston Red Sox.

Coincidentally, the longest winning streak in the history of the Astros franchise is 12 wins in a row, with three straight losses. The most recent was in June 2018, but the Astros also won 12 straight titles in 2004 and 1999. At least, this is the fourth time the Astros have won 11 straight games. Last summer, they also achieved a feat by recording 11 straight losses in June.

The Astros’ win ensures they can enter on Saturday as they take sole first place in the American League West.

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