Houston took a no-hitter into the eighth

Astros dominate Orioles to extend winning streak to eight

Odorizzi threw five no-hit innings against the Orioles Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

After an impressive four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox to cap off their recent homestand, the Astros started a week-long road trip on Monday in Baltimore. The game was delayed about an hour due to rain, but once it got started, it was all Astros as they dominated Baltimore for their eighth straight win.

Final Score: Astros 10, Orioles 2

Astros' Record: 44-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (2-3)

Losing Pitcher: Keegan Akin (0-3)

Odorizzi goes five hitless innings

Jake Odorizzi had his best start of the year, taking care of business against a struggling Baltimore lineup. He was perfect through the first four and one-third innings, retiring the first thirteen batters he faced. The only allowed baserunner came with one out in the fifth, on a walk, which he erased by sitting down the next two batters. With a rising pitch count, he would get the knuckles from Dusty Baker to end his night: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 86 P.

Houston plates five in the third

His offense gifted him with a large lead by exploding for a big third inning. The first four batters all reached base, with Chas McCormick bringing in the first run of the night on an RBI single. Yuli Gurriel brought in another with a sac fly for the first out, followed by Yordan Alvarez, who scored the remaining two players on base with a three-run opposite-field homer to make it 5-0.

Cristian Javier took over in the bottom of the sixth, completing a 1-2-3 inning to keep Baltimore hitless. Houston added to their lead in the top of the seventh, getting Yuli Gurriel's second sac fly of the night and an RBI single by Carlos Correa to make it 7-0. Javier returned to the mound, with rain falling, and retired three more Orioles hitters in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Astros take the opener

As the rain picked up in the top of the eighth, the umpiring crew had no choice but to delay the game 41 minutes with one out and a runner on. When things resumed, Michael Brantley continued to rake, hitting a two-RBI double, then a pinch-hitting Garret Stubbs made it double-digits with an RBI double to make it 10-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, Brandon Bielak hit a batter with one out, then after a missed strike three by Angel Hernandez, which would've kept the no-hitter going, Baltimore got a two-run homer to end the no-hitter and make it a 10-2 game. Brooks Raley came in for the bottom of the ninth, wrapping up the long game and giving Houston their eighth win in a row to take over sole possession of first place in the AL West with an Oakland loss earlier in the evening.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game series will start at 6:05 PM Central on Tuesday and features the pitching matchup of Zack Greinke (7-2, 3.74 ERA) for the Astros and Jorge Lopez (2-8, 5.95 ERA) for the Orioles.

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11 Texans training camp observations from August 7th

Houston Texans insider dishes on why Derek Stingley Jr was the right pick

The Houston Texans had a “vanilla” day of light work. Here are 11observations from the workout.

1. It was a light day for the Texans. Some would say sluggish, I wouldn’t agree with that. Did it look like a day off was in order? Yes. Did anyone make mental mistakes because of their energy level? Not that I could see. With it being a lighter day, it might be worthwhile to focus on some of the depth on the roster.

2. Isaac Yiadom (pronounced YEAH-dum) has had some moments in training camp. With rookie Derek Stingley having a light day, Yiadom played opposite Steven Nelson. Yiadom has had a few pass breakups and seems to be physical in coverage. He has a little speed to him, or he’s shown the ability to stick with wideouts. He is a top preseason game target to watch.

3. Phillip Dorset had a very nice back-of-the-end zone catch. It might have, likely even, been a sack for the defense in a live rep or team rep, but Davis Mills ripped the ball out as the whistle was starting to sound. Dorset with two feet in the back after juking a defender. He is squarely behind other wideouts having missed time but being a veteran should catch up quickly.

4. Wideout Connor Wedington had a few nice plays on Sunday. He has an uphill battle to make the roster, but Davis Mills’ former teammate might squeeze his way into the conversation. There are opportunities for him with a few other wideouts banged up.

5. Rookie tight end Tegan Quitoriano bodied his way for a touchdown. The rookie hasn’t done much in camp, but his size is clearly an advantage. Game reps and more padded practice will be important for him this preseason.

6. Chris Moore is a veteran taking yet another swing at making this team. If the Texans played tomorrow, I would have him on the roster. Probably even starting at slot wideout. He had a very nice leaping grab today.

7. Versatility for a couple of backup offensive linemen may lead to them making the team. Well, it certainly won’t hurt their case. Justin McCray has played all three interior offensive line spots. The veteran could start if needed, but I have to imagine he is a key backup inside. Scott Quessenberry (yes related to former Texans lineman David and current fullback Paul) played guard on Sunday. He is a factor to be Justin Britt’s backup at center.

8. Charlie Heck was not a pick I was in love with when Bill O’Brien selected him a couple of seasons ago. Heck has grown a lot in his game and physically and is surely the backup tackle for this team. He can play left and right tackle.

9. Tae Davis plays linebacker and wears 19. It is the strangest thing to see a linebacker in that number. It has not been strange to see Davis make a play here or there in practice. The linebacker room is loaded but Davis is making the most of his chances.

10. Ka’imi Fairbairn HAMMERED a ball right down the uprights after Davis Mills had led the team into field goal range on a last-minute drill. Mills easily moved the team down the field without the normal group of linemen or weapons. Good finish to practice.

11. Jonathan Greenard did some pushups after he couldn’t replicate history. Greenard almost had his second interception of Davis Mills, but the ball fell incomplete. Greenard has been a force in training camp.

Bonus Quote of the Day: “I was a fat guy last year” said Pharaoh Brown as he talked about his leaner and quicker frame compared to last year.

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