Houston’s win streak ends at 12 games with 2-1 loss to Rays
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros relied on their powerful offense to win 12 straight games. On Tuesday night that offense went cold, and their streak ended with a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position to come up one victory shy of setting the franchise record for longest winning streak in franchise history. After averaging more than seven runs in their last 12 games, Houston managed just five singles to end a stretch of 34 straight games with at least one extra-base hit.
Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by third base coach Matt Quatraro (33) after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Rays to the victory. Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, but had to pitch around a career-high seven walks for his fifth straight win.
Sergio Romo pitched for the third straight game, taking over with one out in the ninth and allowing one hit for his third save a night after blowing the save in Houston’s 5-4 win. «We didn’t hit enough and we were shut down by a pretty good pitcher,» manager A.J. Hinch said. «We kept putting up pretty decent at-bats, but that big hit just eluded us again. We kept fighting until the end but just didn’t have enough offense.
» Matt Duffy doubled to start the eighth and advanced to third on a groundout by Jake Bauers. The Rays took a 2-1 lead when the single by Ramos sailed just over the head of a leaping Yuli Gurriel and into left field to allow Duffy to score. Cron snapped a career-long 0 for 23 slump with a solo homer with one out in the second inning to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. It was the first hit since June 12 for Cron, who struck out 18 times during Nón bảo hiểm chóng lóa bảo hiểm có kính phi công his hitless streak. The Rays have struggled to win close games this season and had lost seven of their last eight games decided by one run before Tuesday’s win.
«Things kind of went our way,» manager Kevin Cash said. «It’s amazing how those pop up in all those games but it’s nice to pull one out where there wasn’t any mistakes. The walks are the only thing that you’d like to have back but you’ll take the performance.» Justin Verlander yielded six hits and one run while fanning 10 in 6 2/3 innings. «It was a pretty good day for me, but it was a pretty good day for the other guy, too,» Verlander said.
«Classic pitchers’ duel. I wish we could’ve come out on top, but … it happens.» Hector Rondon (1-2) took the loss by allowing two hits and one run in one inning. The Astros had plenty of opportunities to score, but came up short again and again.