HOUSTON (CBS Houston): An 0-2 pitch with 2 outs should never be so juicy.
With 2 on and 2 out, Matt Dominguez ripped an 0-2 pitch from Mike Minor over the high wall in the left field power alley to put the Astros up 5-1, and they never looked back, salvaging the series finale against Atlanta 6-1 at Minute Maid Park.
Jarred Cosart improved to 8-5, limiting the Braves to 1 run on 6 hits through 7 innings. He struck out 2, and threw 63 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Josh Zeid, Tony Sipp and recently called up Jose Veras closed the game out on the mound for the Astros.
After struggling with the bats in Wednesday night’s loss, Houston put up more extra base hits in Thursday afternoon’s game than they had total hits the night before. They beat up Braves starter Mike Minor (2-5) for 7 hits and 5 earned in 6 innings.
George Springer tacked on another bomb of a home run in the 7th off Braves reliever Juan Jaime that landed on the walkway over the railing above the high wall in the left field power alley. It was Springer’s 15th home run of the year, a record for Astros rookies before the All-Star break.
Springer hit a 1-2 pitch on his home run. It was a fastball that came in at 98 MPH but left his bat at 112MPH.
Springer has 40 RBI this season. Only Mitch Meluskey (43 in 2000) and Hunter Pence (42 in 2007) have had more RBI before the All-Star break as a rookie for Houston.
Jose Altuve had a pair of steals, bringing his season total to an AL-leading 30. He also had 2 more hits, and leads all of baseball in hits with 107. He is the AL’s top batter with a .334 AVG.
Jarred Cosart has won 4 straight decisions. He and Dallas Keuchel (both 8-5) have combined for 16 wins before the break, the most for an Astros duo since 2006 (Wandy Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte).
Matt Dominguez’ HR, his 11th, snapped an 0-23 skid.
Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has elected to become a free agent. Farnsworth was outrighted from the Astros roster following Wednesday night’s game.
The Astros are now 34-46 on the season. Last season, the Astros didn’t win their 34th game until July 23rd.
The Astros host the Detroit Tigers Friday night to start a 3 game series over the weekend. Justin Verlander (6-7, 4.82) opposes Brad Peacock (2-4, 4.50).