Framber Valdez started for the Astros looking to extend their winning streak to 7. After a great first, he got himself into some trouble in the second inning with a few singles, but a beautiful diving double play by Correa limited the damage to one run.
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Maldonado got the Astros on the board when he crushed a solo shot to left field in the third inning to make it 1-1.
In the top of the 4th inning, another injury hit the Astros. Alex Bregman sliced a ball to right field but pulled up rounding first with right hamstring discomfort. He was pulled immediately...
Carlos Correa, who has been one of the most consistent performers this season, connected on a solo HR to left field in the 5th inning to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. The rally continued as Tucker hit a triple to RF and then Taylor Jones drove him in with an RBI single, his first major league hit.
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Maldonado followed with a single to put men on first and second with no outs. But a Springer flyout and Altuve double play ended the rally.
After a couple singles put two guys on in the 6th inning, Kyle Tucker hit another triple to LCF to drive in 2 more runs and extend the Astros lead to 5-1. Taylor Jones then followed with another RBI single to make it 6-1!
Framber Valdez continued rolling along, picking up his third double play in the 6th inning. Through 6, he was only at 81 pitches with just the 1 run allowed.
The Astros continued rolling in the 7th. Springer led off with a double to left, followed by an Altuve infield single, and then a Toro RBI single to make it 7-1. After a Reddick strikeout, Gurriel double to RCF to make it 8-1. One pitch later, Correa hit a 2 run single to left extending the lead to 10-1!
In the top of the 8th inning, the hits kept coming as George Springer demolished a ball to LF for his 4th HR of the season!
Valdez had a quick 7th and Dusty brought him back out for the 8th inning. He struckout the leadoff hitter, but a passed ball allowed him to reach first. The next batter doubled to RCF as he drove in a run to make it 11-2. After two groundouts, Valdez allowed RBI single to make it 11-3. Dusty ended up pulling him after 7.2 innings as he allowed just 1 earned run. Biagini relieved Valdez and struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The offense wasn’t finished yet. Reddick led off with a double but after two outs, Tucker connected on a 2 run shot to right field. He finished the night 4-for-5 with 2 3B, HR, 4 RBI.
Biagini stayed in for the 9th and really struggled. He allowed an RBI single and loaded the bases before being pulled for Cy Sneed. Sneed allowed a 2 run single (that was charged to Biagini) but he was able to get the final three outs and seal the win, 13-6.