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Jason Michaels led off the seventh with a double for his third hit of the game, and that was it for Marquis. Doug Slaten came in and walked the only batter he faced.
Clippard entered and promptly walked pinch-hitter Anderson Hernandez. After getting Rodriguez to pop up a bunt attempt, Clippard walked Jason Bourgeois to load the bases, and Angel Sanchez lined a two-run single to put Houston in front 3-2.
Which set things up for Espinosa, who has been a big leaguer for all of three weeks.
“I’m having a great time,” he said. “Even when I’m struggling, it’s great.”
Notes: Nationals LF Roger Bernadina made a spectacular, full-sprint, diving catch on Carlos Lee’s hard liner in the fourth. … Rodriguez went 6 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He also hit Adam Dunn on the right elbow with a pitch in the fifth inning. “That was the most pain I’ve ever had in baseball,” Dunn said. He remained in the game to play first base until his at-bat in the seventh, when he was replaced by pinch-hitter Kevin Mench. Dunn had a swollen red circle near his elbow after the game, but said he expected to play Thursday. … Lee was doubled off first base after leaving the bag too early on a fly to center in the sixth.
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