The Astros came to Minute Maid Park looking forward to some home cookin', and they were not disappointed. Dallas Keuchel ran his record at home to 12-0, and the bats went to work as they usually do in Houston. For what seems like the first time in forever they got a big lead and made the final result a bit anti-climactic.
Houston took the lead in the first inning when Marwin Gonzalez scored on an Evan Gattis sacrifice fly. The Mariners tied it up in the next half inning on a Mark Trumbo home run. In the top of the fourth inning Seattle made their biggest threat against Keuchel. Kyle Seager singled to lead off. Nelson Cruz followed with a walk, and Robinson Cano singled to load the bases with no outs. Keuchel then got Franklin Gutierrez to tap one back to him to start a 1-2-3 double play. Trumbo struck out to end the threat.
After that it was almost all Astros. In the bottom of the fourth Jed Lowrie homered to right field to reclaim the lead, and two batters later Hank Conger took one out to left to make the score 3-1. In the fifth Carlos Correa, fresh off of his five day injury related vacation, crushed a ball off of the train for a 2-run homer. In the seventh they played add-on. Gattis drove in another run with a ground-rule double. Carlos Gomez singled in a run, and Lowrie drove in another one with a fielder's choice to bring the score to 8-1.
Keuchel ended his night after seven strong innings. He gave up the one run on six hits and struck out eight. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth inning. Oliver Perez continued his string of terrible outings by giving up a two-run homer to Trumbo to make this game closer than it should have been, but he eventually got out of it.
Tomorrow night Scott Feldman hopes to continue his second half success against Roenis Elias at 7 pm.
The homer Keuchel gave up was the first he has allowed at MMP since August of last season.
Keuchel also extended his active streak of games where he has gone at least six innings. It is now at 38.
With the win the Astros avoided going .500 for the month.
Tweets of the Night
Sometimes even I agree with Jose...
#Astros ace Dallas Keuchel remains undefeated at home this year. He deserves the AL Cy Young.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) September 1, 2015
He's in good company...
Carlos Correa now 4 away from tying Dickie Thon's single-season HR record (20) by an Astros SS.— Steve E. (@KevinBassStache) September 1, 2015
Altuve is good at being a hitter...
Jose Altuve reached base in every game he played in August. All 28 of them.— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) September 1, 2015