Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The winning streak did not last very long for the Houston Astros as they fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Thursday afternoon.
After winning back to back games, for the first time since July 24-25, they were held to a shutout, only able to muster a total of three hits against the Diamondbacks.
The Astros had no answer for Patrick Corbin, who came an out shy of tossing a complete game shutout.
“He threw a really, really, good game,” Marwin Gonzalez said. “He was kinda throwing two pitches, it was just fastball, slider and they were working.”
Heading into the ninth with a chance to close out the game, Corbin allowed a two out double to Yuli Gurriel, before the Astros could mount any more offense, the Diamondbacks opted for Archie Bradley to get the final out.
With Gonzalez at the plate, he’d the game with the bat on his shoulders looking at strike three.
“It’s ridiculous,” manager A.J. Hinch said of Gonzalez’s final at-bat. “I know we’re not suppose to talk about the umpires, these guys are good men, but honestly today to have the 27th out be taken away, we played with 26, it ain’t fair, it’s not right, it’s not fair.”
While the final out upset Hinch, he know’s the Astros did not play clean baseball.
Two errors, on in the third and one in the eighth would bring home a run each.
Mike Fiers did not have a bad start, but with the way the Astros swung the bat, they needed him to be perfect and he wasn’t.
Through three innings Fiers, had labored pretty badly and was over 60 pitches, he’d end up allowing seven hits in 5.1 innings while giving up three runs, two of them earned runs, both of which were home runs, including an inside the park home run by Daniel Descalso in the fourth inning.
“Usually solo home runs don’t beat you,” Mike Fiers said. “The one in the park home run, it was just one of those things, it bounced away from our outfielders pretty far, and he was able to get around the bases, two home runs and both of them solo, usually don’t hurt you, but we didn’t score at all.”
With the loss, the Astros have now fallen to 5-11 in August.
“You can not go out there and win 162 games,” Gonzalez said. “I think we are going to be ok, this is our bad time, all the team go through this and this is our moment, all we can control is go out every day with a positive mind and try to win a game, we’re going to be ok.”
Up next for the Astros is a three game home stand with the Oakland Athletics. This season the Astros are 10-2 against the Athletics.