All of the Houston Astros offense that was hiding Friday night came out to play Saturday. They put up a quick seven runs on Tampa Bay Ray’s Chris Archer after surrendering a run in the bottom of the first.
Not only did they pile it on, but they got the big inning with two outs.
With Marwin Gonzalez on third and two outs, Dexter Fowler grounded into what should have been an inning-ending out, but James Loney delivered a low throw to the covering Archer who couldn’t make the play. From there, it was all downhill for Archer.
After hitting Springer, walking Singleton to load the bases, and walking Jason Castro to push home a run, Matt Dominguez broke out of his slump in a big way by hitting a near-grandslam double just under the yellow line in left center, clearing the bases.
The Astros added two more in the 4th when Fowler plugged the gap in left center to drive home two.
Gonzalez did a fantastic job filling in for Jose Altuve, as he went 3-4 with two singles, a double and two runs.
Jarred Cosart had another great, quality start. He surrendered three runs, though the second two should never have come. After a tailor-made double play ball only netted one out, Evan Longoria launched a liner into the Crawford boxes to make it 7-3. Cosart would finish throwing 7 innings, giving up three earned runs and only walking one.
The bullpen took over from there. Tony Sipp and Josh Fields split the 8th and after Fields got hurt in his 9th inning warm-ups, Josh Zeid was called on to finish the game. He did just that and sent the Astros home victorious.
The Astros capitalized on their opportunities, as they put up seven runs on just seven hits. The Rays were the opposite, putting up three runs with ten hits.
Game MVP: Matt Dominguez
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