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Nationals crush Astros in Game 2 of the World Series, 12-3

The Nationals are now up 2-0 in the best of seven series, beating Houston at home in both games.

WASHINGTON — Those lucky navy jerseys seem to be working!

The Nationals are now only two games away from becoming World Series champions after beating the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series, 12-3. 

Nats got on board in the very 1st inning, thanks to Justin Verlander walking Trea Turner and huge hits from Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon.  While gymnastics superstar and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles threw out the first pitch of the game, National's Stephen Strasburg kept the pace for the team on the mound.

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Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon hits a two-run scoring double during the first inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

But the 7th inning did the Nats lots of favors, with Kurt Suzuki hitting a home run off of Verlander and an Adam Eaton sacrifice bunt moving the bases.  An intentional Juan Soto walk loaded the bases, and combined with hits from Kendrick and Cabrera and a bad throw from Astro's Alex Bregman, Nats were up 8-2.

By the 8th inning, the dugout dances were galore. 

Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer, bringing the Nationals to a whopping nine-run lead at 11-2.  Nats padded that lead with a Michael Taylor homer in the top of the 9th, bumping the score to 12-2. After an Astro's homer in the bottom of the 9th, the score finished at 12-3.

The Nationals will play Game 3 of the World Series right here in D.C. on Friday, Oct. 25, the team's first World Series home game ever. Even more of a reason to celebrate on Friday? It will be Juan Soto's 21st birthday.

Cool, so when's the next game?

Game 3: Friday, Oct. 25: Houston Astros at Washington Nationals - 8:07 p.m.

Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 26: Houston Astros at Washington Nationals - 8:07 p.m.

*Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 27: Houston Astros at Washington Nationals - 8:07 p.m.

Travel Day: Monday, Oct. 28

*Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 29: Washington Nationals Houston Astros - 8:07 p.m.

*Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 30: Washington Nationals at Houston Astros - 8:08 p.m.

RELATED: Simone Biles didn't just throw the 1st pitch of Game 2 of the World Series -- she flipped and twisted, too

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