It seems as if the Houston Astros are only able to score in one way; the long ball. The Astros did it again tonight scoring all six of their runs via the dinger as they went on to take a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays.
The first four innings went smoothly as both pitchers cruised through the opposition’s lineup. The Astros got the first runs on the board in the fifth inning with a two-run home run via Robbie Grossman. That was Grossman’s first hit in 25 at-bats, and one that will hopefully knock him out of his early season slump.
Colby Rasmus answered Grossman’s home run with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the fifth inning. That would be the only run Dallas Keuchel would give up as he finished allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run while striking out 6 batters in his 7 sharp innings.
The Astros added four more runs in the later innings. Jonathan Villar hit a three-run bomb that scored Matt Dominguez and Robbie Grossman in the seventh. Jason Castro got involved with a solo shot of his own in the eighth inning.
Chad Qualls threw a scoreless inning in relief. Josh Fields entered the game in the ninth inning up 6-1 but surrendered two runs on an Adam Lind double. Anthony Bass came in for a save situation and made it interesting with two outs. Melky Cabrera hit a dribbler to Bass’ right and airmailed a throw over Marc Krauss, scoring Lind from second base. Bass then got Maicer Izturis to ground out and end the game.
The Astros now head to Texas to face the Rangers in a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston or FSSW.