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Erik Bedard returns to mound and strikes out 3 in 1 inning of Astros' 9-7 loss to Nationals

Erik Bedard made his first appearance in two weeks because of a strained glut muscle and stuck out three in one inning Wednesday for the Houston Astros in a 9-7 loss to a Washington Nationals split squad.

Anthony Rendon had four hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning for Washington. Rendon's fourth long ball of spring training came off left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

Justin Maxwell's RBI triple highlighted a four-run first inning for the Astros against Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf, who gave up four runs and five hits in three innings.

Houston starter Jordan Lyles gave up three runs on six hits in three innings.

Jose Altuve had three hits for the Astros and Brandon Laird hit his third home run.