Wysłany: 2019-05-18, 10:25 HOUSTON (AP) — If rookie Josh James keeps throwing
Johnny Damon Jersey , he might just pitch himself onto Houston’s postseason roster.James struck out seven and scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings to help the Astros to a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for his first major league win.Houston eliminated the Mariners from AL West contention and moved five games in front of second-place Oakland, which lost 9-7 at home to the Angels.It was just the second start and fourth career appearance for the 25-year-old James (1-0), who made his debut on Sept. 1. He has a 2.81 ERA with 24 strikeouts.“I’m really impressed by how he’s handling it,” manager AJ Hinch said. “There’s no panic in him. And that pays dividends moving forward when we’re starting to make decisions. Of course, he’s factoring in.”James said he isn’t focused right now on whether he’ll get to pitch for the defending World Series champions in October.“I’m just trying to contribute and pitch as well as I can,” he said. “Postseason roster’s really not on my mind right now. I just really want to perform.”Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third for the Astros. Four relievers completed the shutout.Seattle starter Mike Leake (10-10) yielded six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game winning streak.“Mike Leake for the most part threw the ball really well,” manager Scott Servais said. “It was that one inning. Seems to be the story of his season, and the games we don’t come back and win, it’s usually that one inning that gets him.”Leake plunked Brian McCann to start the third before Tony Kemp doubled. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when George Springer hit an RBI single, and Springer reached second on the play thanks to an error by left fielder Denard Span. Kemp scored on a groundout by Jose Altuve to make it 2-0.There were two outs in the inning when Gonzalez sent a drive to left-center that was originally ruled a double. But a replay review revealed it was a homer, pushing Houston’s lead to 4-0.The Mariners couldn’t get much going against James. He walked Chris Hermann with no outs in the third before a one-out single by Mitch Haniger. After a short mound visit, James retired the next two batters to end the threat. He allowed a double to Robinson Cano to start the sixth before striking out Nelson Cruz with his final pitch.Cano doubled twice and tied a season high with three hits Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , but the rest of the team managed only three hits on a night when the Mariners went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.The Astros padded their lead in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel doubled with one out and scored on a single by McCann. Houston added two more runs in the eighth, with the first one coming when Tyler White’s fly to left-center dropped right in between Span and Dee Gordon for a double.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton played catch but was not quite ready to throw a bullpen as he continues to build strength after recovering from the flu and pneumonia. … RHP Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is doing better and is expected to rejoin the team Friday before the start of a series against the Rangers.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game and will throw another one Friday or Saturday. The Astros hope he’ll be able to return before the end of the regular season.MAKE IT A DOUBLECano’s two doubles gave him 530 for his career to move him into 40th place on the all-time list.“Robbie’s been out there a long time. It’s kind of part of his game, is the extra-base hit and getting the doubles,” Servais said. “A couple of those tonight, great to see he swung the bat very well.”UP NEXTLeft-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.57 ERA), who has won his last two decisions, will start for the Astros when the series concludes Wednesday. The Mariners hadn’t announced their starter, but Servais said it will be a bullpen game. Cole sharp, nonetheless Paul O'Neill Jersey , in 2019 debut"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsDiaz error costs Astros, Cole in 4-2 Loss to RaysNew,51commentsCole sharp, nonetheless, in 2019 debutCDTShareTweetShareShareDiaz error costs Astros, Cole in 4-2 Loss to RaysKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsCharlie Morton and Gerrit Cole are good buddies, so it’s understandable if both guys felt it was a little bittersweet having to face each other in their first start of the season Friday. But once you get between the lines, all the emotion and sentiment tends to fade pretty quickly. Charlie Morton struck out George Springer and had a 1-2-3 first inning against his former team. Gerrit Cole followed suit, notching consecutive strikeouts in the bottom half to start his season and then shattered Ji-Man Choi’s bat for a 1-2-3 inning of his own.OK, Game On.Morton retired the first four Astros he faced. He then issued a walk to Yuli Gurriel for the game’s first baserunner. Then Josh Reddick drilled a lining basehit the other way to leftfield, which broadcaster Geoff Blum mentioned was an emphasis for Reddick this Spring, in his first at-bat of the season. After an Aledmys Diaz strike out (please come back Carlos Correa) http://www.yankeesfanpros...-stanton-jersey , Max Stassi watched strike three and Morton got out of trouble.Cole struck out the side in the second inning by getting Yandy Diaz and Avisail Garcia swinging and Daniel Robertson looking for his fifth strikeout against his first six batters faced in 2019.The Astros opened the scoring in the third inning, thanks partly to the continued excellence of Tony Kemp in the 9-hole. To start the inning, Kemp was hit by a curveball—a somewhat common occurrence for Morton during his Astros tenure. Kemp then swiped second on the first stolen base attempt of the season for him and the club.Following a Springer strikeout, Jose Altuve drew a walk and Alex Bregman struck out. Michael Brantley came through with a two-run double down the rightfield line, scoring Kemp and Altuve to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Rays got their first baserunner of the night with a single by Kevin Kiermaier to start the third. The second error by Aledmys Diaz in as many games put runners at first and second for the Rays with one out. Cole got Austin Meadows to fly out to center for the second out, but Tommy Pham battled back from an 0-2 count with a single to left to cut the lead to 2-1, with runners at first and third.Pham stole second and both Rays scored on a bloop single to center by Choi to give the Rays their first lead of the season, 3-2. A foul popout to Josh Reddick finally ended the inning, but the error by Diaz cost the Astros the lead and forced Cole to throw an abundance of unnecessary pitches. All three runs scored by the Rays were unearned and Cole threw 29 pitches in the third inning after throwing only 25 in the first two frames.Morton exited after throwing 85 pitches in five innings with 8 strikeouts.Cleanup hitter Brantley registered his second hit of the night with one out in the sixth off Rays reliever Diego Castillo. Brantley is off to a nice start for the Astros, leading the club in the early stages of the season with 4 hits and tied with Springer with 3 RBI. Yuli followed with a single up the middle on a fastball. And then the GIDP woes resurfaced, as Reddick hit into one to kill the rally.Cole surrendered a home run to Diaz in the sixth inning to give the Rays an insurmountable 4-2 lead.The Astros threatened with two outs in the ninth. Jose Alvarado came on in the ninth to close it out for the Rays and quickly retired Gurriel and Reddick on groundouts. Pinch hitter Tyler White slapped a single to right with two strikes and pinch hitter Robinson Chirinos worked a walk to put the tying run on base with Kemp at bat. But Jose Alvarado, the Rays lefthanded closer http://www.yankeesfanpros...-stanton-jersey , proved too difficult a matchup for Kemp, getting him to chase a two-strike pitch in the dirt.Cole finished with five hits allowed, one earned run, 10 K’s, no walks, and 101 pitches through six innings. It was a really impressive start to the season for Cole.Hector Rondon had a 1-2-3 seventh in in his 2019 debut for the Astros. Josh James threw a scoreless eighth and gave up a walk and a hit.Box score and videos HERE.Tomorrow, Collin McHugh is slated to start against Tyler Glasnow at 5:10PM Central.
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