Posted April 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Edwin Jackson's home debut for the Washington Nationals was about as good as it gets. His follow-up started nearly as bad as possible. The right-hander gave up five runs on six hits - three of them triples - to the Houston Astros in the opening inning. Reliever Tom Gorzelanny gave up another five runs in the sixth and the Astros cruised to a 11-4 win Thursday night. It was the first-inning barrage that really hurt Washington, boosting the Astros' confidence after Washington won the first three games of the series. ''I wasn't erratic. I was around the strike zone,'' Jackson said. ''I was in a position to put people away, and I didn't.'' In his previous start Saturday, Jackson (1-1) threw a complete game two-hitter against the Reds. He showed some of that form again, allowing one hit in four innings after his rocky first and retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter. ''He was unhittable the rest of the way,'' Washington manager Dave...
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