The Houston Astros faces a former prospect Vince Velasquez on Monday night. And said good bye to Velasquez after three innings, not before tagging him for four runs on six hits.
The Astros-Phillies game was delayed by nearly two hours but the outcome wasn’t in doubt. The Astros won 13-4 at Citizens Bank Park.
It didn’t take long for the Astros to get a lead. Brian McCann and Alex Bregman went back-to-back with home runs to right field in the second. The Phillies would get a run back in the bottom of the inning, but Houston continued to pile on after the rain delay.
Jose Altuve led off the third with a double and later scored on a single by Marwin Gonzalez.
The Astros put up a five spot in the fourth inning. Alex Bregman followed a McCann walk with a double. With two outs, Altuve delivered a RBI single to left.
The next four Astros reached base. Josh Reddick by catcher’s interference. Yuli Gurriel by single, Gonzalez by walk, and Carlos Beltran capped it off with a single to center — scoring two.
Bregman stepped to the plate in the fifth and collected his third extra-base hit in the sixth inning with a double to lead off. He scored on a Tyler White single. White was moved to second on a Nori Aoki ground out and Jose Altuve singled to center to usher White home.
The Phillies would get three runs off Tony Sipp from a bases-loaded triple from Nick Williams. But that was the extent of the Phillies offensive output.
Aoki and Reddick would combine to add another run in the ninth to set the score at 13-4.
Houston got two stellar three inning performances from Brad Peacock and Joe Musgrove before and after the rain delay. James Hoyt pitches two clean innings before he was sent down.