HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros takes a moment on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park on September 15, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Los Astros están en fuego.
While celebrating Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day, the Houston Astros continued their recent hot streak and played spoiler to the Philadelphia Phillies’ playoff hopes in a 5-0 victory Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Wearing jerseys that said "Los Astros" on the front, Houston won for the seventh time in the last 14 games. Justin Maxwell got things started with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning before Houston starter Dallas Keuchel and a host of relievers shut out Philadelphia.
Keuchel held the Phillies scoreless through the first four innings, escaping bases loaded jams in the first and fourth frames. In 5 1/3 innings of work, the left-hander allowed five hits, no runs and four walks while striking out no one.
Keuchel is the first Astros starter to throw at least 5 shutout innings without a strikeout since Chris Sampson in 2006. Only two players in Astros history have pitched at least 5 shutout innings, walked at least 4 batters and struck out no one. The first was Hal Brown in 1964, when he picked up a 1-0 victory over the Cubs, pitching six innings and allowing eight hits with four walks. The other was Ryan Bowen in 1991, when he allowed five hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings for the 3-0 victory over the Mets.
The Astros put up runs in the second, fifth and six innings to give Keuchel a comfortable margin. Four Houston relievers worked the final 3 2/3 innings, including scoreless outings by Mickey Storey, Xavier Cedeno, Hector Ambriz and Wesley Wright.