HOUSTON -AP- Sean Doolittle got the save for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
If not for Brandon Kintzler's work in the eighth, he wouldn't have had that chance.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Howie Kendrick had a two-run triple and the Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time, 4-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Wieters, Nationals beat Astros for 9th straight time, 4-3
Washington's winning streak over the Astros dates to 2012. The Nationals have won 13 of 14 against Houston since 2011.
The Astros threatened in the eighth against Kintzler when Josh Reddickand Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles and the Nationals intentionally walked Carlos Beltran with one out to load the bases. But Max Stassigrounded into a double play to leave Houston trailing.
"He certainly saved the game," manager Dusty Baker said. "They had bases loaded and one out and threw up a double-play ball, which is what everybody in the dugout was hollering. They were like: `Hey we need a double play.' If you strike him out, you're still not out of trouble."

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