Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – On most night’s with Dallas Keuchel on the mound, you don’t need much offense to pick up a win, and it was that same case Wednesday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1.
“Anytime you get behind Dallas (Keuchel), you know it’s going to be a really good game and a close game,” Josh Reddick said. “He’s doing something special right now.”
Keuchel Wednesday, raised his 0.86 era a whole tenth of a point to a microscopic 0.96, after pitching seven innings of one-run ball.
This won’t go down in the history books as one of the best outings Keuchel has ever tossed, but he did his work, striking out seven batters, allowing one walk and eight hits, which was good enough for his fourth straight quality start.
“At his best, he’s keeping the ball on the ground (and) he’s missing some bats, he did both of those tonight, he came up big, he could have came out for the eighth inning,” A.J. Hinch said of Keuchel’s start.
Keuchel’s only blemish would come in the third inning when Danny Espinosa came around to score from second base after a single from Yunel Escobar. Keuchel would regroup and get Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to ground out, ending the inning.
With only one run allowed by Keuchel, and the bullpen which held the Angels hitless over the final two innings would get all the offense they’d need from Josh Reddick.
Reddick had a hand in four of the five runs the Astros would push across the plate, but his hit in the seventh impressed Hinch the most.
With one swing of the bat Reddick took a slider low in the strike zone from reliever Mike Morin for a two-run homer giving the Astros a 5-1 lead.
“The two-run homer at the end was really big for us to have a little bit of breathing room with the top of the (Angels) order coming up,” Hinch said.
Reddick on the night would finish a single shy of the cycle, and while he didn’t get that honor, he did help the Astros pick up their 10th win of the season, something they weren’t able to do last year till May 4th.