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Verlander Dominates, Astros Avoid Angel Sweep

Justin Verlander put his name in yet another place of the Astros franchise record books.

April 25, 2018 - 5:04 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros managed to avoid a sweep by their division rivals Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. In the first three innings both pitchers were perfect, but Angels starter Nick Tropeano would be the first to blink. A three-run fourth inning helped pave the way for another strong start by Justin Verlander, and an Astros victory by a final score of 5-2.

"The inning just kept going," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's the continuation of good at-bats that leads to big innings."

Justin Verlander retired the first 14 batters he faced before allowing a broken bat single with two outs in the fifth. His only real trouble was in the seventh where he allowed a home run to Albert Pujols, the 619th of his career. Justin's final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs and 9 strikeouts.

"He obviously was very dominant early and in complete control of the game," Hinch said. "I feel like I say this everytime he pitches, but what a great job of dominating and controlling the game. Even in the inning where he wobbled a little bit, it never gets away from him."

Verlander won his 11th consecutive decision which puts him one win away from his career-long 12 game winning streak that he set back in 2011. The eleven-game win streak is also the longest active streak in the majors. Justin also improved to (9-0) as an Astro which joins him with Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in club history to start their careers with that record. 

Offensively, Carlos Correa doubled extend his hitting streak to ten games and Jose Altuve hit his first home run of the season. It was long overdue for Jose. He was awarded the silent treatment by his teammates upon returning to the dugout after circling the bases.

"It feels like a dream come true," Altuve said. "I was the last guy in the lineup without a homer and I wanted to get that one out of the way, and I finally did... I know they were happy but they wanted to give me the silent treatment."