The Astros offense chugs on like a juggernaut, and the only wonder in this game is how did the Astros score ONLY 8 runs after 17 hits, four walks, seven doubles, two homers, and hitting 5 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
The way the game started it appeared it was Boston that was going to have a slugfest. They got two early on against Jake Odorizzi, starting with a lead-off walk, a double, a single, and a sac fly. Houston fans worldwide let out a collective groan: “oh no, here we go again. Click, what have you done?”
But the Astros got one back in the second on back-to-back Kyle Tucker and Myle Straw doubles.
The score would have been tied if not for the put-out at home of Alex Bregman by a bullet from Hunter Renfroe in right field to end the first inning.
After the first inning Odorizzi settled down, allowing only one more hit, one run, and no walks until he was removed after completing the fifth inning. In all, he allowed three runs on three hits.
It was Odorizzi’s first win of the season, courtesy of a big four-run third inning which opened with a Jose Altuve homer, followed soon after by a Carlos Correa walk, doubles by Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel, and a single by Michael Brantley.
The Astros added one more in the seventh on a Brantley single, a Tucker double, and a Myles Straw sac fly that almost resulted in another put-out by Hunter Renfroe.
Alex Bregman finished the scoring for the Stros with a two-run homer, scoring Correa.
Cristian Javier completed the pitching tandem for Odorizzi, going four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with three K’s and no walks. Javier got the save, the first of his career.
Meanwhile, the Astros touched up the Boston starter, Nathan Eovaldi with five runs, 11 hits, and three walks.
Tomorrow Zack Greinke goes for the sweep against Eduardo Rodriguez.
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