The Astros are undefeated for 3 hours in a row, winning 11 in a row


WASHINGTON — Another overpowering outing from the pitching and a home run from Jose Altuve’s first pitch was all the Astro needed to keep Friday night going.

Framber Valdez held the Nationals one run over 7 2/3 innings, and Astros extended their winning streak to 11 games by allowing Washington starting pitcher Josiah Gray five runs in the first inning, including home runs from Altuve and Yuli Gurriel. 6-1 win at Nationals Park.

Having won 15 of their last 17 matches, Astros can tie the club record of 12 straight wins with Saturday night’s win. The Astros’ starting pitchers had 7 earned runs (0.95 ERA) in 66 innings over the club’s 11th straight hitting streak.

Altuve broke the first pitch of the game and set the mood for the inning by hitting his sixth home run over the center field wall. Five of the first six hitters reached solid contact, and Gurriel was able to stop the blast with his first home run of the season. The Astros won 6-0 with Jordan Alvarez’s third home run of two games and a third home run tied for 11th in the MLB.

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