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Lucas Harrell was outstanding and pitched well enough to earn his 10th victory of the season as the Houston Astros handily defeated the Chicago Cubs by the score of 10-1 on Tuesday night. Harrell pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one earned run over six hits and two walks. He also added seven strikeouts over the course of his 104 pitches as he lowered his season earned run average to 3.81. Brett Wallace, Fernando Martinez and Scott Moore all went deep for the offense, while Brandon Barnes and Jose Altuve also drove in runs in the winning effort. Overall, the Astros were an impressive 4-8 with runners in scoring position.
Despite a average start from Armando Galarraga, the Houston Astros found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard as the team lost to the Washington Nationals by the score of 4-3. Galarraga pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and six walks. Jason Maxwell, Carlos Corporan and Ben Francisco each drove in runs in the winning effort, with the team hitting an overall and impressive 3-9 with runners in scoring position. Jose Altuve also added his 23rd stolen base of the year in the second inning off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. Lucas Harrell will get the ball for Houston on Thursday night.
Jordan Lyles didn't have his best stuff and the Houston Astros could not recover as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Houston Astros on Wednesday night by the score of 13-4. Lyles lasted five innings, surrendering nine earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He also added three strikeouts over the course of his 98 pitches, but picked up his eighth loss and raised his earned run average to 5.95 on the season thus far. Brett Wallace went deep for Houston twice, both solo shots that provided the bulk of the offense for the Astros. Jose Altuve also drove in a run on the game, his 29th of the season thus far. Overall, however, the Astros struggled with runners in scoring position and had just one hit in twelve at-bats.
Despite a strong start from Lucas Harrell, the Houston Astros continued to struggle on Tuesday night as they dropped a 4-2 ball game to the Cincinnati Reds. Harrell pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on seven hits and three walks. He also added six strikeouts over the course of his long 121 pitch outing. Offensively, Jason Maxwell blasted a two run shot in the first inning for the Astros off Reds starter Mike Leake, but it proved to be their only offensive output of the day. Overall, the team managed a paltry two hits on the day, including the aforementioned home run in the first.
J.A. Happ gave the Houston Astros a quality start on Tuesday night as he picked up the victory in a 6-3 win for the New York Mets to move to 2-1 on the season. Happ pitched 6.1 innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven through 110 pitches. He gave up six hits and three walks in his effort. Closer Brett Myers pitched the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save of the season. Jed Lowrie contributed his third home run of the season in the first inning off of Mets starter Jonathan Niese. Lowrie now has three home runs and nine RBI"s on the season so far. Catcher Chris Synder also added a home run in the victory.
The Houston Astros continue to struggle to make up ground in the National League Central Division and currently sit five games behind the division- leading St. Louis Cardinals. Young second basement Jose Altuve has continued his hot start, sporting a .377 batting average so far in the month of April. He has also contributed four stolen bases and an impressive .403 OBP. At only 21 years of age, he has provided the fans in Houston with something to get excited about. Wandy Rodriguez also continues to pitch well, leading the pitching staff with a 1.42 earned run average in four starts.
After a forgetful 2011 campaign, the Houston Astros have gotten out a 3-3 start behind the timely hitting of rookie second basemen Jose Altuve who leads the team with a .368 batting average through the first six games. Altuve, a native of Venezuela, is only 21 years old and is taking advantage of his opportunity to secure the second base job in Houston for many years to come. Staff ace Wandy Rodrguez has provided the team with 11.2 solid innings in his first two starts of the season, allowing only three earned runs and striking out 7 over that timespan. The team will face off against the new-look Miami Marlins in a 3-game set this weekend.
Houston Astros Tickets - Team History
Houston Astros tickets allow fans the opportunity to experience one of baseball's youngest franchises play their way into the history books. The Houston Astros, founded in 1962, are trying to make it back to the World Series after visiting for the first time in the club's existence in 2005. They play at Minute Maid Park, Houston's first retractable-roofed stadium, and have called the park home since it opened in 2000.
Houston Astros Tickets - Season Info
It's been tough sledding for the Houston Astros in recent years, but the team looks to take big steps forward in the NL Central. The Astros capped their 2010 season with a strong finish under rookie manager Brad Mills and the club has put a focus on adding offensive firepower. By going out and signing Bill Hall and Clint Barmes, the Houston Astros have done just that.
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Houston Astros tickets ensure that fans see the Astros playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Astros have their work cut out for them in a competitive National League Central. With matchups with great teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds and non-divisional meetings with the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves throughout the season, the Astros will have plenty of opportunity to get back into the hunt for a division title in 2011. Be a part of this great tradition and don't miss the action!
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ASTROS SCORES5 wins, 11 losses (31.3%)
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