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A McCullers Masterpiece

Lance McCullers Jr. took a perfect game bid into the sixth inning and the Astros took a series win over the Indians

May 20, 2018 - 10:33 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Lance McCullers Jr. was perfect through five innings before allowing a hit to the first batter in the sixth in one of his best outings of the season Sunday night at Minute Maid Park. Just four Indians reached base against him in his seven shutout innings. The Astros offense got the one swing they were looking for as they beat the tribe by a final score of 3-1 and won their fourth series in a row.

"I thought he was exceptional, obviously, and with all of his pitches. I think that was the best breaking ball he's had in a number of starts," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "That was a complete outing for him to use his pitches the way that he did, to really not give up anything."

McCullers allowed just two walks and one hit in 96 pitches, improving to (6-2) on the year. Over his last 7 starts, he is (5-1) with a 1.80 ERA with 43 strikeouts. The key Sunday was getting his curveball engaged again.

"I've missed it, but I'm glad that it was good tonight," Lance said. "I haven't lost a lot of confidence in it, I've just been going to other pitches... It's nice to be able to have it."

The offense struggled to find a run despite a handful of opportunities with runners on-base, a common theme for this year's lineup. Their breakthrough came in the seventh with a two-run home run from Brian McCann. An insurance run followed in the eighth thanks to an RBI double from Josh Reddick to drive in Alex Bregman. 

"We really didn't get anything going at all because of the type of stuff (Carlos) Carrasco was throwing," Hinch said.

Prior to the game, outfielder Derek Fisher was placed on the 10-day Disabled List due to a gastrointestinal problem. The Astros called up J.D. Davis from Triple-A to join the big league club. He had a batting average of .415 while in AAA-Fresno.