Powering the win was an uncharacteristically nine walk performance by the offense that included only five hits, a quality pitching performance from the starter and a shut down performance from the bullpen.
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Wandy Rodriguez had another quality start his fifth of the season and third straight in a row. He struck out 4, and walked none on his way to 7 inning 3 earned run performance. He had been cruising until the seventh inning when with one out he gave up back to back homers to Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs, squaring the game 3 all. Following him were Wilton Lopez and Mark Melancon with zeros across the board. Melancon would pick up the win, his third of the season, after pitching a scoreless ninth.
Can we keep this lineup? Pretty please...
J.R. Towles was given his second start in the two hole, and while he didn't have a hit he did walk twice and scored the winning run in the ninth. Matt Downs filling in for Bill Hall was 0-2 but drove in a run on a sac fly, walked and scored a run. Brian Bogusevic getting his first start of the season and filling in for fan favorite Carlos Lee had two walks, a run scored and looked refreshing out in left field. Hunter Pence was 2-4 with a walk and the winning hit.
The nine walks was a season high for the team and was probably helped by Edinson Volquez's who threw 88 pitches, 47 of those being strikes. This could of been a much better offensive performance seeing as the Astros were only 1-6 with runners in scoring position. Michael Bourn had that lone hit as he singled to right with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning driving in two runs. The third run came on a Matt Downs sac fly in the bottom of the third to score Brett Wallace.
In the ninth, J.R. Towles walked with one out. Moving with the pitch he scored on Hunter Pence's double down the right field line, allowing the Astros to avoid the sweep. The Astros are off tomorrow and will begin a series with the New York Mets on Friday.