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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 6, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

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Rebuilding doesn’t have to be entirely depressing.

The Astros — predicted by many to be a 100-loss team — won their fifth straight game on Saturday night in Houston, and their second straight against the defending World Series champion Cardinals.

Houston is one game under .500 (13-14), good enough for third place in the National League Central.

Jose Altuve, a 21-year-old Venezuelan second baseman, is batting .346/.389/.529. Shortstop Jed Lowrie, acquired in a steal of a trade this winter with the Red Sox, has a .979 OPS and four home runs. Wandy Rodriguez is sporting a 1.64 ERA through six starts. And left fielder J.D. Martinez ranks 13th in the major leagues with 20 RBI.

There will be regression at some point. The rotation isn’t deep and Wandy is likely to be moved near the deadline for prospects. But the ‘Stros seem to be enjoying their flirtation with relevance and Minute Maid Park is outpacing seven other MLB stadiums — including first-place Cleveland’s Progressive (Jacobs) Field.

Cardinals 2, Astros 8

Dodgers 5, Cubs 1

Phillies 1, Nationals 7

Orioles 8, Red Sox 2

White Sox 3, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 3, Mets 4

Brewers 2, Giants 5

Reds 2, Pirates 3

Rangers 5, Indians 2 (11 innings)

Yankees 1, Royals 5

Athletics 4, Rays 3 (12 innings)

Braves 13, Rockies 9

Marlins 4, Padres 1

Blue Jays 2, Angels 6

Twins 0, Mariners 7

  1. uyf1950 - May 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Congrats to the Royals they played well enough to get the victory and Paulino looked very good. So much for the Yankees getting some sort of streak going after the previous nights win. Very inconsistent so far this season. The Yankees need to consider letting Andruw Jones go. Girardi sends him in to pinch hit with man on 2nd and the bat never leaves his shoulder except to take a couple of warm up swings. About the only bright spot for the Yankees tonight was Martin’s offensive performance single, double and HR. Looks like the Yankees are going to need a win today just to gain a split with KC.

  2. Old Gator - May 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Mark Buehrle was stellar last night: one run, five hits, two walks, three strikeouts, twenty one ground ball outs in a complete game 4-1 victory that vouchsafed the boolpen a much-needed night off, the kind of break that Mao’s long marchers never got. The Iron Giant is beginning to look like his old self, launching a moonshot that hurt some necks of a rookie in his first major league appearance in the ninth, just to make the point. Like Crash Davis warned Nuke LaLoosh, those big league hitters gonna light you up pretty good. Don’t worry about it.

    Five to the good in the tank for the Feesh. But they did this stuff last year – win a few, lose a few more than that. Let’s see if they can find a consistent stretch.

  3. APBA Guy - May 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The A’s pitching had a good night from the bullpen last night, after Bartolo left having surrendered 3 homers-all solo. The bullpen went 7 scoreless with only 3 hits allowed, and the A’s got some defense from, wait for it, Jonny Gomes who also provided the winning home run off Joel Peralta. After the game Jonny was gracious towards his old team, saying his performance had no element of revenge, and calling the Rays the best team in baseball. Which they might be, except down Longoria and with Hellickson throwing 100 pitches in 3 innings, they didn’t play like it in front of a strong 26,000 turn out at the Trop.

  4. gostros19 - May 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Happy to see the Astros finally getting some recognition and not for awesome throwbacks.

    • stex52 - May 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      We know this is way above likely expectations for the season. But let’s go with it while we have it. Gives us some hope that the future is not as far away as we feared.

      • gostros19 - May 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Couldnt have said it any better. Whats comforting right now is they are producing essentially without JD Martinez. Once he gets it going watch out

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        What Astros fans should fear is not the performance of a hungry and exuberant young team per se, but the loss of real baseball next season. Designatedhitterball is a sop to the lowbrow market.

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