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Diamondbacks seek to extend success over rolling Astros
(SportsNetwork.com) - It's not quite the immovable object and the unstoppable force, but it's something.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will carry a nine-game winning streak against the Houston Astros with them when they open a four-game series with their interleague visitors on Monday night at Chase Field. The final two games will be played at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Astros, however, are no longer quite the pushover they've been in the recent past, having won seven of their last eight games on the road.
It's a long way from April, when Arizona and Houston were two of the worst teams in the majors. The Diamondbacks finished the opening month at 9-22, while the Astros were 9-19.
Houston, in fact, is 11-4 since May 24, which ties Toronto for the best record in the American League in that stretch.
"It's been fun. We like playing off of each other," rookie Jon Singleton said. "That's definitely a bonus. When one person does well, it carries over and it's contagious."
Right-hander Jarred Cosart gets the start for the Astros and will meet Arizona for the first time.
He's been consistently solid over his last eight starts while allowing three runs or less in all of them and compiling a 2.96 earned run average.
The Diamondbacks go with right-hander Josh Collmenter, who's never lost to Houston.
Collmenter is facing the Astros for the fourth time after winning a pair of decisions and putting together a 2.84 ERA in the first three meetings.
He's unbeaten against everyone in his last four overall starts, winning three decisions with a 3.20 ERA.
On Sunday in Minnesota, Chris Carter and Singleton each hit a grand slam to lead the Astros in a 14-5 win over the Twins in the finale of a three-game set.
Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run and drove in two, while Robbie Grossman had two hits and scored three runs for the Astros.
Houston starter Collin McHugh gave up three runs on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Darin Downs (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win.
In Arizona, Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run in the seventh inning helped the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game series.
David Peralta also hit a two-run home run and Chris Owings drove in a pair for the Diamondbacks.
Chase Anderson (5-0) continues to impress as he won his fifth straight start to begin his rookie campaign. He gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts over seven innings.
06/09 11:00:09 ET