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HOUSTON (AP) - Anthony Rendon finished a triple shy of the cycle and had four hits, Jordan Zimmermann pitched smoothly into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 7-0 Wednesday night.

Rendon connected for a two-run double in a four-run fourth and added a solo home run in the sixth. The Houston native added a double in the first and a single in the third but flew out to left in the eighth.

Zimmermann (2-1) scattered seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven to earn his 45th win with the Nationals, making him the winningest pitcher since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington in 2005.

Denard Span and Kevin Frandsen each had two hits and Danny Espinosa also had two hits, including a solo home run in the fifth that chased Brett Oberholtzer (0-5).

Span put the Nationals up 1-0 in the third with a triple to center field, and he scored on an error by George Springer.

Frandsen extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth, scoring on Jesus Guzman's error after advancing to third on Sandy Leon's single. After Rendon's double, Jayson Werth singled to score the third baseman.

Oberholtzer allowed six runs on 11 hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander has struggled his last two starts, allowing 12 runs in 8 1-3 innings.

Guzman had three hits, and Jonathan Villar finished with two hits for Houston.

NOTES: Houston manager Bo Porter said the rotation against Seattle would be Brad Peacock on Friday, Dallas Keuchel on Saturday and Collin McHugh on Sunday. . Houston pitcher Scott Feldman, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with right biceps tendinitis, is going to throw a simulated game on Sunday and ''then we'll go from there,'' Porter said. ''Feldman has had a lot of time off and we just wanted to give him a couple of extra days to continue to get built up and then we'll slide him back in accordingly.'' . Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche was out of the lineup Wednesday with a quad injury. ''He did it last night running to second on the double,'' Washington manager Matt Williams said. ''I didn't want to take him out of the lineup but it's probably better to give him two. We're trying to get him as much rest as we can and try to calm it down a little bit.''

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