The Houston Astros' quick trip to the desert has been a fruitful one. The Astros continued their winning ways in seven of their last eight games with an 8-5 win on Tuesday.
The big blow coming from George Springer, who hit a 3-run home run after the Astros had fallen behind 2-0.
Springer was arguably too good for his own good in the first inning. He hit a double on the first pitch of the game, but a base-running miscue resulted in him being retired. Springer was hit by a Jose Altuve grounder as he moved to third.
The Astros would get two runners on the first but couldn't get a runner across.
The Diamondbacks strung together three straight single from Michael Bourn, Paul Goldschmidt, and Jake Lamb to generate the first run of the game off Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers. McCullers loaded the bases with a walk to Brandon Drury, and Chris Herrmann grounded out to force a second run home.
Jake Marisnick doubled with two outs in the second inning and moved to third on Lance McCullers' first major league hit. Springer sent them both home with a bomb the opposite way for a three-run home run. Houston led 3-2 after two innings.
The Astros chased Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin in the fourth inning. Corbin left the game after walking Luis Valbuena, allowing hits to Carlos Gomez, Marisnick, and Springer -- the score was 5-2 when Jake Barrett took over.
Altuve greeted Barrett with a single to score the Astros' sixth run and Evan Gattis forced home run with a ground out after a Correa walk. The Astros led 7-2 after four innings.
Both teams got a run in the fifth. Luis Valbuena hit his sixth home run of May and Bourn scored on a wild pitch from McCullers.
Michael Feliz pitched a quiet seventh inning, giving way to Scott Feldman. Feldman had a 1-2-3 night but was touched up for two runs in the ninth. Jean Segura double plated both runs. Feldman was replaced by Luke Gregerson, who picked up his 13 save of the season.