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Nationals overpower Astros

Elijah Dukes went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, as the Washington Nationals dumped the Houston Astros 9-4 on Monday night.

Washington cashed as -145 home favorites as the game played over the 9.5-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Ryan Zimmerman was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Nationals, while winning pitcher John Lannan allowed three earned runs over six innings for Washington.

Kaz Matsui went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Houston, as Wesley Wright was tagged with the loss in relief of starter Brian Moehler for the Astros.