The Astros erased an early one-run deficit Sunday afternoon by utilizing a pair of three-run homers from J.D. Martinez and Fernando Martinez en route to an impressive 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.
It marked the second straight day in which the Astros beat the Nats.
Houston stepped up to the challenge of facing Nationals right-handed phenom Stephen Strasburg and executed all around the board.
Astros starter J.A. Happ (1-0) allowed an earned run on three hits with one walk and a strikeout over two innings to earn the win.
The crafty left-hander issued a leadoff walk to Michael Morse in the second, but bounced back to strike out center fielder Jayson Werth.
Mark DeRosa singled to get Morse to second.
With two outs, left fielder Jason Michaels — a former Astro — connected for an RBI single to give the Nationals an early 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for Houston to bounce back.
Catcher Chris Snyder tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer off Strasburg in the third, which set the foundation for a four-run inning.
Jordan Schafer doubled and advance to third on a wild pitch.
Strasburg (0-1) allowed two earned runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings and ended his outing by getting Marwin Gonzalez on strikes.
After the Nationals turned the game over to Tom Gorzelanny, Brian Bogusevic got hit by a pitch to give Houston runners at first and third.
J.D. Martinez made it 4-1 on his two-out, three-run homer.
The Astros put the game out of reach by recording five runs in the fourth, as J.D. Martinez drew a bases-load walk, while Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch with Fernando Martinez at the plate.
Fernando Martinez broke the game open with a three-run homer.
The Nationals made it 9-2 on first baseman Chad Tracy’s RBI single to right field off Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell in the seventh.
Houston got the run back the following inning, thanks in part to Brian Bixler’s one-out triple and Justin Ruggiano’s sacrifice fly to left.
Astros right-hander Henry Sosa followed Happ by allowing four hits with no walks and two strikeouts over two scoreless innings.
Paul Clemens tossed a shutout inning.
Harrell and right-handed relievers Fernando Rodriguez and David Carpenter rounded out the remaining Houston pitchers on the afternoon.
Rodriguez and Carpenter each threw a scoreless inning.
The Astros will return to Grapefruit League action on Monday when right-hander Jordan Lyles gets the starting nod against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla.
First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.
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