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Astros roll to win, 5-1, behind Greinke’s dominance and Maldonado’s bat!

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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros
Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (15) hits a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina
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The Astros looked to bounce back after a tough loss last night. Zack Greinke took the mound, hoping to right the wrongs from the last loss.

The Giants jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an Alex Dickerson RBI single in the first inning. Greinke would settle in after that though and start to mow down hitters.

The Astros offense started really slow, managing just one hit in the first four innings. In the 5th, they finally got on the board when Alex Bregman drove in Myles Straw to make it 1-1.

The offense finally put together a rally in the sixth. Singles by Correa, Tucker and Toro loaded the bases with no out. Then a wild pitch while Maldonado was batting plated Correa to make it 2-1. Two pitches later, Maldonado deposited a ball into the Crawford Boxes for a 3 run HR, extending the Astros lead to 5-1.

Greinke continued to roll, allowing just 1 run in the first 6 innings. He pitched into the 7th but allowed the first two batters to reach. He retired the next batter and then was relieved by the newest Astro, Brooks Raley. Raley came in and retired the next two batters to keep the score at 5-1.

Greinke allowed 1 run over 6.1 innings while striking out 7. He has a 2.53 ERA this season.

There was a bit of a mix-up starting the 8th when both Josh James and Raley thought they were pitching. The rules kept Raley in, but that was okay as he retired the side in order in the 8th.

Blake Taylor came on to pitch the 9th and had a quick 1-2-3 inning to seal the 5-1 victory for the Astros!