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Josh James Earns First Career Win

Astros rookie Josh James earned his first Major League win with a strong outing in his second career start

September 18, 2018 - 10:50 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros offense that has struggled at home came through Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. The pitching staff stranded ten Mariners on-base, and the Astros won by a final score of 7-0. They have started September (13-3) and are on pace to break the club record of (20-7) set in September of 2004.

Marwin Gonzalez hit his 16th home run of the season in the third inning and went 2-for-3 with a walk on the night. Since August 1st, Marwin has hit .299 with 10 homers and 28 runs batted in. In that stretch he has also grown his batting average from .228 to .249.

"The lineup rolls around and we feel like we're going to score, and we did. And we continued to tack on,"  Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Astros rookie starting pitcher Josh James threw 5.1 shutout innings while giving up just four hits. He struck out seven and walked just two in his first Major League win. James could find himself on the postseason roster despite his inexperience if he continues making the most of his opportunities.

"I think tonight we saw a lot of what our development people have told us," Hinch said. "This kid has worked for this opportunity... I'm really impressed by how he's handling it." 

Out of the bullpen, Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Collin McHugh and Chris Devenski combined to maintain the shutout. Harris extended his scoreless streak to ten consecutive games. Hitters are 3-for-36, .083, through 11 innings pitched against Will in that span.