In his last start Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco came one out away from pitching a perfect game. Tonight he may have been suffering a bit of a hangover from that game. The first five Astros batters reached base. Jose Altuve ruined the perfect game on Carrasco's fourth pitch with an infield single. He was caught stealing, but that didn't stop the offense from putting up the big number. Preston Tucker followed with a single, Carlos Correa walked, and Evan Gattis drove in the first run of the game with a single back up the middle. Colby Rasmus doubled to center to send Correa home. Chris Carter's sac fly brought home the third run, and Marwin Gonzalez had a single to make the score 4-0 before Cleveland came to bat.
The Astros scored five more runs on the night, including solo home runs from Preston Tucker and Marwin Gonzalez. Carrasco only lasted four innings and ended up allowing 10 hits and 5 runs. For the second time this week Houston had five players with multi-hit games on the way to a 16-hit night. Tucker gave himself a birthday present going 4-for-5 to pace the offense. Rasmus and Gonzalez each had three hits. Altuve and Gattis added two hits apiece.
Dallas Keuchel did not dominate tonight as he has done recently, but he was good enough to keep the Indians offense in check and collect his 11th win on the season. He didn't get the overwhelming amount of ground balls like he usually does. Instead he racked up eight K's. He did get some grounders when he needed them though, including an inning ending double play to save a run and stop a rally in the fourth. He gave up a total of nine hits and three runs in six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. The relief corps gave up one run over the final three innings. Josh Fields closed out the game pitching two perfect innings.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow night for the second game of this four game series. Houston will send Vince Velasquez to the mound to face reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
With Keuchel's selection to the AL All Star squad during the game tonight, the Astros have multiple representatives for the first time since 2009.
Altuve extended his hit streak to 14 in the first inning. This ties the longest streak of his career.
Keuchel pitched his 14th quality start of the season tonight, and his 29th start in a row of at least 6 innings.
Tweets of the Night
Did anyone mention it was Preston Tucker's birthday?
I think we all feel this way about when we were 25, right?
I can't remember, but on my 25th birthday I probably did something great, too.— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) July 7, 2015
I don't speak Spanish but I think it says "Carter makes the routine catch and uses cannon arm to get third out." I'm a little rusty...
These guys took some grief today for this prediction: