McCullers magical in Miami
(c) Associated Press
Lance McCullers and a trio of relievers held the hapless Miami Marlins to three hits Wednesday as the Astros won their fourth straight by a count of 3-0. All three hits came against Houston's starter and consisted of two singles and a double that George Springer lost in the lights under a closed roof at Marlins Park.
While Springer's miscue didn't end up being costly George carried the load offensively, scoring a run and driving in two as the Astros secured their sixth win in the final game of a 7-game road trip.
Springer got things started in the first with a line drive double over the head of rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton. One out later, Jose Altuve drove George home with a double down the third base line. It was the first of four extra-base hits for Jose on the day.
The Astros extended the lead in the sixth inning with a little help from the Marlins' defense. With two outs and two runners on, Dee Gordon's lackadaisical toss to second on an attempted force play extended the inning and brought Springer to the plate. George rolled a seeing-eye single past first-baseman Justin Bour plating a pair of runs and sending Miami starter Jose Urena to the showers.
McCullers struck out three and walked two en route to his third win in four decisions on the season. Chris Devenski and Will Harris both bounced back from rough outings on Sunday to post one perfect inning apiece. Ken Giles picked up his eleventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth that included one walk and one strikeout.
The Astros get a day off on Thursday as they return home for a 10-game homestand that starts with three against Cleveland. The Indians are one of only two teams to have taken a series from the Astros this season, having won two of three in Cleveland last month.
Astro-killer Trevor Bauer gets the start for Cleveland in Friday's 7:10 opener. The drone enthusiast has struggled in 2017 but is a perfect 6-0 in six career starts against Houston, including one this season. The Astros send 5-game winner Charlie Morton to the mound as they attempt to run their latest winning streak to five games.
- Greg Thurston