National League Game Summary - Arizona at Houston|
(Friday, August 17th)
Final Score: Arizona 3, Houston 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Wade Miley tossed six effective innings on
Friday and the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the Houston Astros, 3-1, in the
opener of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Miley (13-8) gave up just one run on eight hits with no walks and five
strikeouts to snap a personal two-game slide. Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez
held down the fort in the seventh and eighth innings and J.J. Putz earned his
24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
"I felt pretty good, just wasn't locating the fastball early," Miley said. "But
I was able to go the offspeed stuff and start throwing my slider for strikes,
which helped a lot. I just needed to battle through."
Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt smacked an RBI doubles, and Miley was
credited with an RBI on a sacrifice bunt for the Diamondbacks, who have won
three of their last five games.
Dallas Keuchel (1-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on four
hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 innings. Tyler
Greene knocked in the only run of the night for the Astros, who have dropped
four of their last five.
Arizona finally broke a scoreless deadlock in the fifth inning with a pair of
runs. Gerardo Parra ripped a solid one-out single to left and went first-to-
third on a base hit back up the middle by Wil Nieves before scoring easily on
a bunt by Miley. Young followed with a double down the line in left to score
"It's frustrating because we kind of conceded that first run with the safety-
squeeze," Keuchel said. "It's frustrating to allow that second run to score
when we eventually do get the one run."
Houston got a run back in the home portion of the inning to cut the deficit in
half. Marwin Gonzalez opened the frame with a double, moved to third on a
single by Jose Altuve and scored on a sacrifice fly by Greene.
The Astros threatened in the sixth when Brandon Barnes ripped a two-out single
and Jason Castro reached on a dropped third strike, but Miley recovered and
fanned Gonzalez to keep the lead intact.
Arizona picked up an insurance run in the eighth on consecutive doubles by
Aaron Hill and Goldschmidt to widen the lead to two.
Houston came back with a threat in the home eighth as Justin Maxwell coaxed a
leadoff walk from Hernandez and Ben Francisco followed with a base hit.
But Hernandez got Barnes to foul out and Castro to fly out before whiffing
pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic to end the inning.
Putz allowed a two-out single to pinch-hitter Scott Moore in the ninth, but
came to strike out Steve Pearce to end the game.
The Astros fell to 12-19 against left-handed starters this season ... Arizona
has won seven consecutive games against the Astros and four straight this
season ... It was Altuve's 44th multi-hit game this season ... The
Diamondbacks have won five straight and eight of their last nine games at
Minute Maid Park ... Houston finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring
position and stranded 11 men on base.
08/18 01:25:57 ET