The Houston Astros dropped another contest to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, this time by a final score of 8-1. Houston's loss resulted in them being swept for the third time this month.
Starting pitcher Armando Galarraga didn't last long for the Astros. He was unable to get out of the fourth inning after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. The bullpen didn't fare a whole lot better, as Wesley Wright allowed a couple of runs in 1.1 innings, while Fernando Rodriguez also gave up a run in his 1.2 innings.
Aaron Hill homered twice for Arizona, as the D-Backs capped off a series in which they outscored the Astros 23-6. Hill had a total of three hits on the day, while Chris Young contributed two of his own. Ian Kennedy had some command issues, but was able to get through six innings allowing just one run, despite issuing five walks.
The Astros were held to just six hits, with Jason Castro's sixth-inning RBI single providing their only scoring. Castro led the Astros' offense with two hits.
Houston will send Armando Galarraga to the mound for today's game. The right-hander has made just four appearances for the big league club this season, losing his last three starts. He will be facing his former club for the first time this season, having gone 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts for the Diamondbacks in 2011.
Arizona will look to Ian Kennedy, who comes into today's game with a record of 10-10 and a 4.35 ERA. Kennedy won four consecutive starts in July, but has struggled of late, losing his last two games. He has yet to face Houston this season.
The Astros would take a 3-1 lead into the inning, with starter Jordan Lyles doomed by by a wild pitch and several bases loaded hits by the Diamondbacks before being lifted for relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno. The damage was far from done, however, as Arizona would score four more times in the inning on a Jose Altuve error and an Aaron Hill home run.
Lyles would end the game allowing seven runs (five earned) in just four innings.
Tyler Greene was one of the few bright spots for Houston, going 2-for-4 in the game with two RBIs, with catcher Chris Snyder also driving in two runs in the game.
Houston has now lost the first two games in the series against Arizona and will hope to avoid the sweep tomorrow, with Armando Gallaraga taking the mound for the Astros at 2:05 p.m. CDT.
The Houston Astros look to recover from a tough 3-1 loss Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The Astros had a total of 11 hits throughout the game, but couldn't quite overcome the Diamondbacks. Tonight's Astros starter, Jordan Lyles, hasn't won a game since late June but he went deep into his last two games. Here are the lineups for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game:
The Houston Astros host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night in game two of a three-game weekend series.
The Astros head into the evening having dropped four of their last five games including the series opener on Friday. In the frustrating 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks, Houston couldn't mount any scoring rallies despite coming up with 11 hits.
RHP Jordan Lyles (2-9, 5.47 ERA) is slated to start for Houston. Lyles hasn't won a game since June 26, but he has pitched into the seventh inning recently, giving up two earned runs in each of his past two starts. Lyles took a loss in his last outing against Arizona on July 22nd when he allowed ten hits and eight runs (five earned).
Arizona is scheduled to start LHP Patrick Corbin (4-4, 3.41 ERA) for the first time against the Astros this season. The left-hander is coming off of a win in his last start when he threw seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs against the Washington Nationals.
The game is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Houston.
The Houston Astros lost 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park despite a solid pitching performance from starter Dallas Keuchel. The game remained scoreless through four innings, when the Diamondbacks opened the scoring with a sacrifice by pitcher Wade Miley. Chris Young followed with a double to left, scoring Wil Nieves and giving the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. The Astros clawed one run back in the bottom half of the fifth when a Tyler Greene sacrifice fly plated Marwin Gonzalez. The Diamondbacks added an insurance run in the eighth inning, when a Paul Goldschmidt double scored Aaron Hill.
Keuchel picked up the loss despite contributing a solid 6 2/3 innings of work, giving up just two earned runs on four hits and striking out three. The performance was Keuchel's third consecutive quality start in August. Arizona starter Wade Miley was credited with the win after scattering eight hits over six innings. Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz got the save, his 24th of the season.