Happy Mother’s Day!
For the fourth game in a row, Houston pitching surrendered their exact allotment of runs, and for the second game in a row the Astros embarrassed the Texas Rangers 6-1.
Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, considered by some the Astros fourth best starter, baffled Rangers hitters for seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk, while whiffing 8 hapless Rangers, a season high. He retired 20 of his last 22 batters faced.
The Astros starting pitchers now have a league leading ERA of 2.44.
Hector Rondon mercifully allowed the Rangers their run quota, giving up an eighth inning home run to Carlos Perez.
Brad Peacock gave the Rangers a warm howdy home, striking out the side in the ninth.
Dallas Keuchel in now 3-5 on the year, with a 3.10 ERA. In his last three games he has pitched 22 innings, allowing only 4 earned runs. In those games his ERA has dropped almost one full run.
Astros hitters ran off losing pitcher Matt Moore (1-5, 7.82 ERA) after the third inning. The scoring started in the third with a Yuli Gurriel single to score Alex Bregman, followed by an Evan Gattis 400 foot home run, his second in two nights.
The Astros would double their scoring in the seventh on a Carlos Correa home run, also his second in two nights and seventh for the year, scoring Alex Bregman. Yuli Gurriel would later reach on an error by right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, and would score on a sac fly by Derek Fisher.
After getting shut down and shut out in the first game of the series, Houston hitters let loose with 12 runs, 17 hits and 5 home tuns in the last 2 games, outscoring the Arlington Cops 12-2. This despite missing the red hot bat of George Springer, who was plunked by Cole Hamels, and without a single hit by MVP Jose Altuve, who at 0-13 in the series is in the throes of one of the worst slumps in his amazing career.
The Astros travel to Los Angeles to play the Angels of Anaheim (is that what they’re called this year?) in a series that will determine first place in the NL West.
Lance McCullers (5-1, 3.72 ERA) faces Andrew Heaney (1-2, 4.78 ERA). Game time 9:07 CDT.
Watch Dallas Keuchel strike out 8 Rangers here
Box score here