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Humberto Quintero and Geoff Blum each homered in a seven-run fifth inning, Norris won for the seventh time in eight decisions and the Houston Astros beat the mistake-prone Washington Nationals 8-2 Monday night.
Norris (9-8) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out six. The Astros are 10-1 in Norris‘ previous 11 starts. He is 7-1 with a 3.52 ERA over that span.
“Earlier in the year, (Norris) wasn’t able to stop the inning right there with two runs,” said Astros manager Brad Mills. “Sometimes they’d put up three and four, and that’s tough to come back (from). Tonight, he was able to stop it right there and then put up six more real good solid innings.”
Houston has won six of eight and is 12-6 in September. Washington lost its fourth straight.
The Nationals committed three errors leading to four unearned runs in the fifth, when the Astros erased Washington’s 2-1 lead with their highest-scoring inning of the season.
“It was just a bad inning, a terrible inning,” Washington manager Jim Riggleman said.
And the Astros happily exploited Washington’s generosity.
“Good teams take advantage of mistakes, and they made a few for us,” Blum said.
“Quintero isn’t necessarily really known as a power threat, but he really got into one pitch tonight, and Blum came in a big spot and hit a three-run homer,” Norris said. “You’re not going to get a lot of seven-run innings, but when you do you’re not going to complain.”
The game drew 10,999, the smallest crowd in Washington, D.C., since the Montreal Expos relocated before the 2005 season.
“It would be tough for me as a fan to come watch us when we’re playing bad,” said the Nationals’ Adam Dunn.
A safety squeeze by Norris cut the lead in half in the third. Brian Bogusevic led off with a double for Houston’s first hit, took third on Quintero’s single to right and raced home when Norris dropped a bunt down the first-base line.
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