VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Jarred Cosart pitched five perfect innings Wednesday night, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Cosart struck out nine, including six in a row and seven of eight. The right-hander had come into the game with a 7.17 ERA through his previous three starts.

Anthony Rendon became Washington's first base runner when he singled off Houston's Raul Valdes with one out in the sixth.

Washington starter Taylor Jordan, who is competing for the team's fifth starting spot, allowed three hits and one run over five innings. He struck out three.

The Nationals were held to just five hits. Jesus Guzman hit a solo home run for the Astros.

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