Astros hit 4 HRs to beat Orioles 15-8 and end 5-game skid
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Altuve homered and had five RBIs, and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 15-8 on Friday night despite allowing four home runs in the first inning.
George Springer went 4 for 5 with a homer for the Astros, who also got long balls from Evan Gattis and Teoscar Hernandez in ending a five-game losing streak.
The Orioles became the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to open a game with four home runs before making an out, according to STATS. Adam Jones hit Collin McHugh’s first pitch into the seats in left field and Hyun Soo Kim singled before Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo homered in succession.
Pedro Alvarez added a fifth-inning drive for the Orioles, who have 11 home runs in the first two games of this series.
Baltimore didn’t have enough firepower in this one to overcome its poor pitching, which surrendered a season-high 15 runs and 18 hits.
Chris Devenski (2-4) allowed one hit in four innings for the Astros after McHugh yielded seven runs and nine hits in three innings.
Springer provided a glimpse of things to come by hitting a leadoff homer on the fifth pitch from Wade Miley.
After Baltimore scored five runs in the bottom half, Houston answered with a five-run second. Altuve doubled in two runs with two outs to make it 6-5 and chase Miley, who matched the shortest start of his career.
Miley is 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since being traded from Seattle on July 31.
After Baltimore went up 7-6 in the third inning, Houston pulled even in the fourth.
The Astros took a 9-7 lead against Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10) in the fifth. Hernandez blooped an RBI single to center and Springer greeted Tyler Wilson with a run-scoring single.
Alvarez homered in the bottom half before Houston pulled away in the sixth. Altuve hit his 20th homer with a man on and Gattis added a solo shot.
Altuve became the first Astro to have 20 homers and 20 steals in a season since Carlos Beltran in 2004.
The Astros optioned reliever James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno and recalled Brad Peacock from the same club. “We need some fresh arms up here,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
Astros: OF Jake Marisnick got the night off as he tries to work through a sore groin. He’s played in only two games since Aug. 11. “He’s not moving quite at full speed,” Hinch said.
Orioles: OF Joey Rickard (thumb) won’t be ready to play when rosters expand on Sept. 1, manager Buck Showalter said.
Astros: Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66 ERA) makes his 88th career start Saturday, facing the Orioles for the first time.
Orioles: Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46) gets the call after having his start Wednesday pushed back because of a sore right shoulder.