The Houston Astros keep on winning and it’s getting to be pretty darn fun, this time taking home a 4-3 win. The charge was led by Jarred Cosart, who started the gaem perfect through 3.1 innings, much like his last outing. But again, he gives up all his walks, hits and runs later in the game, after the 5th inning or so. If Cosart has any problems at all, it’s his stamina and pitching when he’s exhausted.
Cosart has produced consistent quality starts however, as he hasn’t given up over three runs in his past eight starts. Six of those being official quality starts.
Unfortunately, George Springer had to sit the game out with a sore knee, but the rest of the lineup picked up and did what was needed for the win.
The Astros offense was again anchored by the top half of the order. Dexter Fowler extended his hitting streak to seven games, with six of those seven being multi-hit games. Jose Altuve was right behind him, apparently extra motivated after finally cracking the top-5 in all-star voting at second base. The two put up three hits each, going 6-10 and accounting for all four of the Astros runs in one way or another.
In the top of the 9th, Altuve stole second yet again to get in scoring position with two outs and despite a clutch two-out single by Jon Singleton, Altuve was called out on a bang-bang play at home.
The much-overworked bullpen had to pitch the last three innings, and they did their job. Tony Sipp took the seventh and split the 8th with Kyle Farnsworth (Jerome Williams gave up a walk in between). And then it was up to Chad Qualls, who shut the door in the ninth as has become a habit for him.
It’s an awesome feeling to have confidence in the Astros bullpen at long last. The horrid bullpen of last year and of earlier this year has long since transitioned into the formidable force it is today.
It wasn’t as secure as the two-grand-slam 14-5 win over the the Twins on Sunday but a win is a win.
Game MVP: Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler
The Astros finish off their two-game road trip to Arizona tomorrow at 2:40 PM CT.
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