Justin Verlander walks away vs. the Rays

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Astros Win Streak Ends At Twelve

A strong effort from Justin Verlander was not enough as the Astros lineup went cold.

June 19, 2018 - 11:15 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros franchise record twelve-game win streak came to an end Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. The lineup failed to record an extra-base hit for the first time since May 11th which ends a 34-game streak with at least a double. They were unable to take advantage of the seven walks issued by Rays starter Blake Snell and the Astros lost by a final score of 2-1.

"We didn't quite hit enough. We were shutdown by a pretty good pitcher," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "We kept putting up pretty decent at-bats. The big hit eluded us again."

On the mound, Justin Verlander walked away with a no decision after 6.2 innings of work. He struck out ten for his 45th career double-digit strikeout game which ties Hall of Famer John Smoltz for 23rd all-time in Major League Baseball history. Verlander's only run on the night was a solo home run to C.J. Cron in the second inning.

"Overall, pretty good day for me. Obviously, pretty good day for the other guy out there too. Snell did an outstanding job keeping us off-balance," Verlander said. 

Out of the bullpen, Hector Rondon got the final out of the seventh inning after Verlander's exit. He was then unable to hold the game tied at one in eighth when he allowed Matt Duffy to double and eventually score. Rondon would end up with the loss, his second of the season.

"Rondon is one of the best relievers we have, so the matchup is always great against him. I'll take him against any hitter in the league," Hinch said.