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Gattis Emerges From Slow Start, Astros Win

Dallas Keuchel shutdown the Rangers and got the run support he needed from Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa.

May 13, 2018 - 4:58 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The same offensive attack struck for the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Saturday night Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis homered, and they each did again Sunday to account for four of the runs scored. Dallas Keuchel would cruise through seven innings to honor the lineup's effort, and the Astros beat the Rangers by a final score of 6-1 to win the three-game series.

Gattis reached base safely two other times after the home run via an error and a walk. His offensive revival could turn out to be key for the Astros who have been struggling to give their pitchers run support. Astros Manager A.J. Hinch believes that Evan's success at the bottom of the order could help alleviate the pressure off others higher in the order like Jose Altuve who went 0-for-13 in the series against the Rangers.

"When Gattis is added into the mix and the home run threat is there, if they're going to come right at us at the bottom of the order trying to avoid George (Springer) at the top, or Jose (Altuve), or (Alex) Bregman if I leave him up there, it's a full lineup. We always say we can score from any part of the order when those guys are swinging the bat at the bottom," Hinch said.

Gattis now has a five-game hitting streak. During those five games he is batting .353 with two home runs and four runs batted in. The last time Evan homered in back-to-back games was September of 2016.

On the mound, Dallas Keuchel had a strong performance after battling some early traffic. After allowing two hits in the first inning, Dallas had just two base runners in his remaining six innings. His final line was 7 shutout innings, 3 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.

"Once you establish the zone to a certain extent you start getting guys antsy, and I feel like some of those guys were ready to hit early," Keuchel said.

Out of the bullpen, Hector Rondon was unable to maintain Keuchel's shutout. He allowed a solo home run to Carlos Perez in the eighth. Rondon would also give up a pair of singles before being pulled, unable to finish the inning.