Altuve drives in run as McCullers struggles

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McCullers gave up four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He didn’t walk any batters, but he threw one wild pitch and hit two batters. McCullers threw 83 pitches before being replaced by Chris Devenski, who threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Reigning American League batting champion Jose Altuve doubled home Alex Bregman in the sixth to get the Astros on the board.

Blake Treinen, a candidate to close for the Nationals, pitched two-thirds of an inning for the save.

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Nationals Up Next: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will try to continue his strong spring when the Nationals host the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Gonzalez has a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this spring, a positive sign if he is to bounce back from a disappointing 2016. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.

Astros Up Next: Carlos Correa is expected to return to the Astros lineup for the first time since he returned from the World Baseball Classic when the Astros play the Nationals at 12:05 p.m. Right-hander Joe Musgrove makes his final Grapefruit League start for Houston. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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