Final Score: Houston 3, Tampa Bay 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - George Springer stroked a two-run
homer and Jarred Cosart tossed eight scoreless innings to lead the Houston
Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the second contest of a
Cosart (7-5) gave up six hits and one walk with two strikeouts for the Astros,
who snapped a four-game skid.
Jonathan Villar also homered and Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a run scored in
David Price (5-7) was the hard-luck loser after giving up two runs on six
hits over eight innings, but matched his season high with 12 strikeouts. The
left-hander also earned his 1,000th career strikeout during the second inning.
"He was great. He had great stuff all night long," said Rays manager Joe
Maddon on Price. "Unfortunately, we are wasting a lot of good pitching from
Jose Molina and Brandon Guyer both had two hits for Tampa Bay, which has
dropped three of its last four games.
Altuve got aboard with a one-out single in the third inning before Springer
opened the scoring by crushing a first-pitch changeup from Price just inside
the left-field foul pole for a 2-0 advantage.
"It ended up staying fair because I was a little out in front of it and didn't
want to hook it," said Springer on his homer.
Both teams added a run in the ninth. Villar crushed a shot to center with two
outs for the visitors.
In the bottom half, Evan Longoria reached on Villar's fielding error and James
Loney singled to left off reliever Chad Qualls with no outs. Yunel Escobar's
RBI single with two outs beat a diving Altuve into right field, but Qualls
struck out Ryan Hanigan to end the game.
Price fanned Chris Carter for the first out in the second for his 1,000th
strikeout of his career. James Shields, who is now with the Royals, is the
only other player in franchise history to accomplish this feat.
Guyer's base hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh ended a streak of
12 straight batters retired by Cosart. Villar then bare-handed Escobar's
chopper in the grass near shortstop and threw to first in time for a great
play to end the frame.
Price also set a franchise record with his seventh double-digit strikeout game
of the season. He has struck out 10 or more batters in each of his last four
starts ... Carter finished 0-for-4 and is in the midst of an 0-for-19 slump
... Cosart improved to 3-0 in three career starts against the Rays.
06/21 01:31:06 ET
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