Jarred Cosart posted his tenth straight start with three runs or less allowed. The Astros offense ran young-stud Chris Archer after just three plus innings of work. Matt Dominguez and Dexter Fowler played wallball in deep left-center, and the Astros pulled even in this three-game series with the Rays.
Jarred Cosart has been the picture of consistency since mid-April, he fought through more than just the Rays lineup Saturday. He was fighting through an illness that caused him (putting it lightly) to lose the contents of his stomach after the third inning. Despite that fact, Cosart worked around nine hits and one walk to hold Tampa Bay to three runs.
The Rays started the game off with a Kevin Kiermaier double in the first and Evan Longoria proceeded drive him in the next at-bat. Tampa Bay appeared to be threatening again in the third as Kevin Kiermaier doubled off the wall in right center, but he was erased as he attempted to steal third on Jason Castro. The play was reviewed, and confirmed. Matt Dominguez appeared to slap the tag on the raised front foot of Kiermaier as he started his slide.
In the bottom of the third, Marwin Gonzalez laced a line drive to the base of Tal's hill for a double. From there the wheels appeared to fall off for Chris Archer. A wild pitch moved Gonzalez to third, and he scored after the Rays failed to complete a pitcher fielding situation. The world seem to move too fast for Archer to handle a tough throw from James Lowey and racing the speedy Fowler at the same time.
Archer then joined the ranks of Randall Delgado, Tyler Clippard, and Phil Klein as the most despised pitchers by Astros Astros fans. What was Archer's crime? He hit a top prospect/major leaguer with a pitch. Archer hit George Springer square in his arm right about his elbow. Springer appeared to be in pain but would stay in the game. This is too much for one week, first Altuve now Springer. Archer would walk Jon Singleton to load the bases, and force home a run with a walk to Jason Castro. Matt Dominguez would put the Rays' starter out of his misery with a mumaith double just below the yellow line on the home run alley walkway - scoring three runs. Making the score 5-to-1 Astros.
Joe Madden had seen enough of Archer after he walked the first better in the fourth, Alex Presley. The next batter Marwin Gonzalez collected one of his three hits Saturday to put runners on first and second. Dexter Fowler drove a long double of the same wall as Dominguez to drive in two security runs for the Astros.
Evan Longoria added a two-run homer to make the score more respectable.7-to-3 Astros, that would be the final score. The Astros bullpen gave up just one hit over the last two innings of work.
Josh Fields did leave the game before he started the nine inning. He was heading back out after retiring the final out in the top of the eighth. It appears he has strain in his right forearm, but Astros manager Bo Porter wouldn't say if the injury requires a stint on the disabled list was required to mend the issue.
The Astros send out Brad Peacock against David Price in the rubber match on Sunday.