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Astros Bats Silenced In Loss To Orioles

Astros held to one run on four hits

June 08, 2019 - 6:47 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Astros were held to just four hits in a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. 

The quiet offensive day wasted a quality start from Framber Valdez, who allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven without a walk and left the game with it tied at one, but the Orioles scored an unearned run off Will Harris in the eighth, breaking the tie as the Astros drop to 44-22 on the season.

Valdez and Andrew Cashner traded zeroes for five innings, but in the sixth, Baltimore broke through when Renato Nunez hammered a 2-1 fastball from Valdez over the Crawford boxes for his 16th home run of the season, but the Astros got him off the hook the next half inning when Derek Fisher scored on Yuli Gurriel's sacrifice fly that would've been a 3-run homer had Orioles rightfielder not brought the ball back in the ballpark. 

Cashner gave up the one run over six frames. Paul Fry held the Astros scoreless in the seventh, and after Baltimore regained the lead in the eighth he recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the inning, only to be lifted following Derek Fisher's two-out walk in favor of Miguel Castro, who got Alex Bregman to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning. 

The Orioles extended their lead on Richie Martin's ninth inning two run homer off Reymin Guduan, and Castro retired the side in order in the ninth for a four-out save, his second of the season. The win improves Baltimore to 20-44 in 2019 and ends a 10-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park.

Martin and Hanser Alberto had two hits for Baltimore.

Wade Miley will take the mound for the Astros in Sunday's rubber game opposite Dylan Bundy.