Ignore the headline of the story. Blank that headline out of your mind. If I told you a team struck out 17 times in one game, would say they were more likely to win or lose that game? Lose, right? But if you're an Astros fans, you're probably say the Astros would win that game.
That was the case for the Astros, winning 8-5 over the Rockies to win their fifth-straight game. Astros had 13 hits on Thursday, six of those were extra-base hits. 10 Astros players got hits in the game, including home runs from Preston Tucker and Domingo Santana -- his first career major league home run.
Houston fell behind 3-1 early as Collin McHugh gave up his fifth home run in June and his 13th home run since May 1.
The Astros responded in the third, tieing the game. Collin McHugh led off the inning with a single. George Springer followed with a single to put two on for Carlos Correa, Correa grounded into a fielder's choice -- putting runners on the corners.
Tucker drove in a run with a fielder's choice, sending Correa to second. Correa followed with by stealing third, and Chris Carter drove him home with a single.
The Astros added two more runs in the fifth. Correa walked and stole a second. Preston Tucker and Chris Carter hit back to back doubles to score the two runs.
Domingo Santana put the game out reach with a three-run home run in the eighth.
The Rockies would add another run off Pat Neshek, but Josh Fields shut the door in the ninth.
Let's recap, 17 strikeouts, 10 different Astros got hits, Carlos Correa had three stolen bases, and
a partridge in pear tree five-straight wins.
Astros now head for three games in Seattle over the weekend, Lance McCullers starts game one at 9:10 p.m. CT.