A small amount of doubt could have crept in the back of Astros and fans after a 2-1 loss on Friday against the Red Sox. The margin of error was paper thin. The Astros could have easily slid to 3-8 in their last 11 games with a loss on Saturday with rookie David Paulino making his fifth career major league start.
But Paulino stepped up and allowed just one run over six innings to pick up his first career win in a 7-1 victory for the Astros.
The Astros offense set the tone early against the 2016 Cy-Young award winner Rick Porcello. The first four batters for the Astros reached against Porcello in the first inning. George Springer smacked a double followed by singles from Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve scored one run. A pair of sacrifice flies from Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran plated two more runs.
The Astros lead grew to 6-0 with mammoth blasts from Altuve and Beltran in the third inning. Altuve’s home run hit the train in left center field.
Houston native Chris Young continued to have success in Houston, he hit 10th home run at Minute Maid Park.
Yuli Gurriel setup a run in the sixth with a leadoff double, he would later score on a double play.
Chris Devenski, Luke Gregerson, and Dayan Diaz combined to pitch three clean innings to end the game.