The Houston Astros were 8-1 entering Thursday's get-a-away game with the Diamondbacks. It would be tough to pick up a ninth win in 10 games with Arizona's ace Zack Greinke on the mound. It proved to be too much of a hill to climb as the Astros fell 3-0.
The Astros countered with the 2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel in this duel of top flight pitchers. For five innings, the game was just that -- a pitchers' duel.
Keuchel allowed two hits over the first five innings and picked up a double play to erase one. The offensive side, the only thing the Astros did through five innings was avoiding the no-hitter/perfect game. George Springer picked up a single in the fourth inning.
The Astros were able to get runners on the corners with two outs against Greinke -- Tony Kemp and Jose Altuve picking up singles in the sixth. But Carlos Correa ended the inning with a ground out.
The Diamondbacks broke through against Keuchel in the seventh inning. Rickie Weeks Jr. led off the inning with a single. Welington Castillo followed with a double to deep center, allowing the first run to score. Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch and Chris Owings singled to score the second run. Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed pushed across the third run with back-to-back sacrifice flys.
Luis Valbuena and Correa collected a single each through the final three innings of the game but Houston couldn't break through.