Outfielder L.J. Hoes, who played in 109 games with the Astros from 2013 to 2015, earned a win on the mound for the Orioles' Class AAA Norfolk Tides on Wednesday.
The Astros hit the road last week mired in a four-game losing streak that a day later reached five. They will return home Friday night on the heels of a successful trip that keeps them on the fringe of a crowded American League wild card race.
Perhaps the biggest sigh of relief for Astros pitcher Ken Giles wasn't that the laser hit back up the middle by Matt Joyce in the ninth inning Wednesday didn't take his head off. It was that shortstop Carlos Correa was in the right spot.
When Astros catcher Evan Gattis crushed a Gerrit Cole pitch and sent it sailing over the wall in center in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Pirates, he quietly reached 20 home runs for the fourth consecutive season.
A solid road trip kept the Houston Astros on the right path toward a playoff spot.
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This news comes a day late to the crawfish boil, but with the addition of Kazmir to the DL the Dodgers tied a major league record for players placed on the DL during a season. Needless to say the Dodgers are ready for rosters to expand, as they try to hold off the San Francisco Giants for the NL West crown.