Astros drop game 2 of the series
Astros daily report: Rays 4, Astros 2
A quick recap of Friday night's Astros game against the Rays:
Final Score: Rays 4, Astros 2
Record: 1-1, second in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Charlie Morton (1-0).
Losing pitcher: Gerrit Cole (0-1).
Star of the game: Despite the score, Gerrit Cole looked dominant for most of his start, giving up just one earned run to go with three unearned after an error extended an inning and cost the Astros their 2-0 lead. Cole managed to get 10 strikeouts over his six innings and finished with 101 pitches.
Notes: After Cole and Morton both got out to hot starts with a combined eight strikeouts over the first two scoreless innings, the offenses traded blows in the third with Michael Brantley getting a two-RBI double in the top of the inning before an error in the bottom of the inning led to three runs for the Rays to take a 3-2 lead. Tampa Bay extended that to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run off of Cole, then their bullpen took over and wrapped up Houston's first loss of the year, tying the series 1-1.
Up next: The Astros will be back at it for game three of four tomorrow at 5:10 PM. Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound for the Rays while Colin McHugh will return to the mound for as a starter for the Astros after playing his role in the bullpen last season.