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Astros Fall After Five Run Lead

The bullpen could not hang on to a five-run lead after a strong Charlie Morton outing.

April 14, 2018 - 7:38 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - A five-run lead slipped away from the Astros at Minute Maid Park Saturday. The lead came in a busy fourth inning capped by a Yuli Gurriel home run, but the offense stalled in the big moments late in the game and the Astros lost to the Rangers by a final score of 6-5 in 10 innings. With the slow start the bats have had, the five run inning was a bit of a bright spot, but still pointed to the larger problem at hand.

"That was about the only inning that we really threatened," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "Really, we just didn't put it together. And I think that, give a little bit of credit to them and obviously we've just got to keep working to put up good at bats, and good innings, and capitalize when we can."

On the mound, Charlie Morton went 6 innings and struck out 12 to tie a career high. Like Friday night, the only damage done by the Rangers lineup to the starting pitcher was a pair of solo home runs. Charlie also allowed a hit in each inning which ran up his pitch count early, and he would finish with 106 total pitches.

"It was more of me just not executing. There are times where, you know, you have a lot of runners on base. Today didn't really feel like that. I didn't really feel pressured. I just felt pressured by the fact that I wasn't able to execute my fastball," Morton said.

Despite the strong performace, Charlie would settle for a no-decision. The Astros bullpen could not hold the line. In the eighth inning, Brad Peacock surrendered a 2-run homer and a solo blast that tied the game at five, and in the tenth Will Harris allowed the eventual game winning run to score.

"We're certainly not used to that and it's a little bit of good hitting, a little bit of mistake lateral breaking balls and both of them left the field, left the yard," Hinch said.