Houston wins both against Colorado
Diaz's big day helps lead Astros to two-game sweep of Rockies
With less than 50 games left in the regular season, the Astros made a quick turnaround from Tuesday night's win to try and get the mini-sweep against the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. They would come out on top, thanks to a big day by Aledmys Diaz and solid pitching.
Final Score: Astros 5, Rockies 1
Astros' Record: 68-46, first in the AL West
Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (8-3)
Losing Pitcher: Antonio Senzatela (2-9)
Valdez rebounds from first inning trouble
After shutting out Colorado over the nine innings less than 24 hours ago, the Astros allowed a run to the Rockies in the top of the first. Framber Valdez allowed two singles to the first three batters he faced, setting up the RBI single to make it a 1-0 score before the Astros could get to the plate. Luckily, Valdez rebounded from that, tossing 1-2-3 frames in the second and third, erasing a single in the fourth, stranding two in the fifth, then finishing his day by working around a hit by pitch and walk in the sixth. His final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 100 P.
Diaz leads Houston's offense with timely hitting
Houston quickly backed Valdez up after his first-inning run, getting one of their own on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz to tie things up in the bottom of the same inning. They grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third, with Yordan Alvarez getting on base with a one-out double to set up Diaz's second RBI of the day, another single to put the Astros in front 2-1. The score stayed there until the bottom of the sixth, where Jake Meyers led the inning off with a single, stole second, tagged to third on a lineout, then beat out a throw home on a sac fly by Martin Maldonado to extend the lead to 3-1.
Astros get the two-game sweep
Houston turned to their bullpen starting in the top of the seventh, with Ryne Stanek taking over for Valdez. Stanek kept the score at 3-1, giving up a two-out double to Trevor Story but stranding him by ending the frame with a strikeout. Carlos Correa added an insurance run with an RBI double in the bottom half, as did Diaz, his third RBI hit of the day to make it a four-run lead. Kendall Graveman was the next reliever for the Astros and made it through a 1-2-3 frame on just eight pitches in the top of the eighth. Ryan Pressly came in to close things out in the top of the ninth, erasing a leadoff walk to wrap up the victory.
Up Next: Houston will get a day off on Thursday as they travel to Los Angeles to pick up a three-game set with the Angels starting at 8:38 PM Central on Friday. The opener pitching matchup is expected to be Patrick Sandoval (3-5, 3.39 ERA) for LA and Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.69 ERA) for the Astros.
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