It’s been three weeks since the Houston Astros won consecutive games. It’s been even longer since they’ve done it against the same opponent at Minute Maid Park.
A late rally in their last contest put the Astros in position to win two in a row in the same series at home for the first time in more than month when they continue a four-game set with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
After closer Matt Lindstrom(notes) blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Lance Berkman’s(notes) two-run single off Matt Capps(notes) in the bottom of the inning helped Houston (18-34) rally to even the series with an 8-7 win over Washington on Tuesday.
The Astros haven’t won back-to-back contests since winning four straight from May 9-13. While they won two in a row at home once in May, the Astros haven’t won consecutive games against the same opponent at Minute Maid since sweeping Pittsburgh from May 23-25.
Berkman had three hits and five RBIs after going 0 for 4 in Monday’s 14-4 loss to the Nationals (26-27). He’s a lifetime .346 hitter against the Nationals franchise and 5 for 9 versus scheduled starter John Lannan(notes).
The left-hander, who’s 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last three outings, allowed two runs in seven innings of a 5-3 win at San Diego on Friday.
“You are just building off your start. That’s the key,” Lannan told the Nationals’ official website. “I’m progressing and getting to where I want to be. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Lannan is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA against the Astros.
After homering three times in his last two games, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman(notes) walked four times Tuesday. He’s 5 for 11 with seven runs scored in his last four games, and 23 for 49 with 18 RBIs in his last 12 against the Astros.
The left-hander, who allowed only four earned runs over 12 2-3 innings of his previous two starts, looks to bounce back after giving up eight in 3 1-3 innings of a 15-6 loss at Cincinnati on Friday.
“I don’t have my curve right now (at) 100 percent,” Rodriguez told the Astros’ official website. “I don’t know what happened with my breaking (ball). I think I need to work more. Work more on my location.”
Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 5.55 ERA in six starts against Washington.