A tumultuous opening month for the Nationals ended with a couple of much-needed wins in a comfortable place. Taking advantage of Minute Maid Park's quirky dimensions — not to mention the perpetually struggling Astros — the Nats followed up Tuesday night's 1-run victory with a blowout in the finale of this brief, interleague series.

Everybody in the starting lineup except for rookie Steven Souza Jr. reached base safely. Denard Span got things going with his legs, tripling to deep right-center in the top of the third and coming all the way around to score when George Springer bobbled the ball. Anthony Rendon then took over from there. The Houston-area native left his family and friends in attendance dancing in the aisles after going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer to lead the balanced offensive attack.

Jordan Zimmermann got plenty of run support, not that he needed it. The right-hander cruised through 6 1/3 scoreless innings before turning things over to the Nationals bullpen. Aaron Barrett, Ross Detwiler and Ryan Mattheus finished things off, securing the Nats' third shutout victory of the season and wrapping up April on a high note.

How much was Rendon looking forward to his first games at Minute Maid Park as a big leaguer? Apparently a whole lot. The Houston-area native had played in the Astros' stadium in high school and college, but this was different. And he made the most of the opportunity. Rendon went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer. He drove in three runs, giving him a team-high 20 overall. That's the most RBI in Nationals history for March/April. Not bad for the second-year infielder.