Astros flying high, Nats and Blue Jays enjoy walk-off wins

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The Houston Astros are off to their best start in franchise history following Wednesday's 4-2 MLB win over the Atlanta Braves.

Houston (23-11) got a quality start from Joe Musgrove, who allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to get the win.

RBI doubles by young superstars George Springer and Carlos Correa were the difference.

The Astros have all the makings of a World Series contender with a solid line-up led by Springer, Correa, Jose Altuve and veteran Carlos Beltran. Dallas Keuchel - the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner - is 5-0 so far this year and heads a pitching staff that is second only to the Los Angeles Dodgers in team ERA. 

As for the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays, they enjoyed walk-off wins.

The Nationals outlasted the Baltimore Orioles 7-6, while the Blue Jays overcame the Cincinnati Reds 8-7.

Reigning World Series champions the Chicago Cubs lost 3-0 to the Colorado Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays blitzed the Kansas City Royals 12-1, the Arizona Diamondbacks accounted for the Detroit Tigers 7-1, the Seattle Mariners were 11-6 winners against the Philadelphia Phillies and the Dodgers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2.

The Boston Red Sox lost 7-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Mets went down 6-5 to the San Francisco Giants, the St Louis Cardinals defeated the Miami Marlins 7-5, the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1, the Texas Rangers prevailed 4-3 against the San Diego Padres, while the game between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox was postponed.

 

CANO STARS AS MARINERS DOWN PHILLIES

Robinson Cano went four for five with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Mariners. The Mariners scored 21 runs in a two-game sweep of the Phillies and pounded out 15 hits in Wednesday's win.

 

FAMILIA HAS NIGHT TO FORGET

Mets closer Jeurys Familia probably wants to pretend Wednesday never happened. Familia entered in the ninth inning of New York's game against the visiting Giants with the Mets holding a 3-2 lead. Familia then proceeded to give up four runs, three earned, as the Giants avoided a sweep.

 

WIETERS WINS IT FOR NATS

The Nationals got a walk-off victory against the Orioles as Washington catcher Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat his former team. Washington trailed 6-4 entering the ninth inning before Jayson Werth completed an 11-pitch at-bat with an opposite-field home run.

 

TIGERS AT ANGELS

The Angels hope to get Mike Trout back on Thursday from a tight hamstring that has kept him out of the line-up since last week. The Angels have gone 2-3 in Trout's absence. Michael Fulmer (3-1, 2.77 ERA) will start for the Tigers. The Angels will send JC Ramirez (3-2, 3.74) to the mound.