I don't think the Tampa Rays are going to have much representation at the All-Star Game In D.C. next month but Blake Snell is making his case for it. The young lefty stepped up to the challenge Tuesday night of outlasting the league's best pitcher and shutting down a team carrying a 12-game winning streak.
Going at Snell's pace
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Snell tossed seven innings of three-hit ball (while walking seven) to freeze the Houston offense, 2-1, on a night when most of the crowd waited expectantly for history to be made. Twice before (1999 and 2004), the Astros tried to run a winning streak to 13 and failed. Most reasoned the third time would be the charm.
Justin Verlander gave up an early homer to C.J. Cron. The former Angel snapped an oh-for-23 slump with the long ball. Houston got the run back in the third when Alex Bregman, Monday's hero, plated George Springer with a base hit.
The score stayed that way until the eighth although the Astros had several chances to score that died on the vine.
Finally, The Other Matt Duffy dumped a short double against Hector Rondon then Wilson Ramos drove him in with a base hit to left. The Astros had one last gasp in the ninth and put two runners on but Sergio Romo, Monday night's goat, enduced a pop up from Jake Marisnick to end the game.
The Astros were playing with house money as the Mariners fell to the Yankees earlier in the day. The Astros remain two games ahead in the AL West chase although they are still short of 2017's pace by two games.
The rubber game of the series will take place Wednesday night at the usual 7:10 pm Central time. Charlie Morton (9-1) hopes to get a new winning streak started while the Rays counter with troublesome Nathan Eovaldi (1-2).
The Astros have also sent down Reymin Guduan who was activated off the paternity leave list. Tyler White, who came up when Guduan took absence, remains with the parent team.
- Bob Hulsey