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Orioles end Astros’ seven-game winning streak

May 31, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

As strange as it sounds, the Astros hadn’t lost in over a week entering Saturday’s game against the Orioles. They hadn’t lost since May 23 in Seattle, to be exact. The ‘stros salvaged the final two games of their four-game set with the Mariners for a series split, then swept the Royals in Kansas City, and took the first two games of a four-game set at home against the Orioles. Even better, they had Dallas Keuchel — surprisingly one of baseball’s better starters through the season’s first two months — taking the hill in search of eight consecutive wins on Saturday.

It was not to be. While Keuchel pitched well, allowing three runs over six innings, Orioles starter Chris Tillman was even better, limiting the Astros to one run over 6 2/3 innings. The O’s bullpen nailed down the 4-1 win and at long last, the Astros lost a baseball game.

Over their seven-game winning streak, the Astros outscored the opposition 39-12 and picked up three games in the AL West. The 24-33 Astros are presently in a virtual tie with the 23-32 Rays for the worst record in the American League.

Rookie outfielder George Springer had a lot to do with the Astros’ success, .299/.413/.753 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI dating back to May 8. Not to be forgotten, second baseman Jose Altuve was slashing .369/.405/.500 with 11 stolen bases in the month of May prior to going 0-for-4 on Saturday.

  1. renaado - May 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Tips my cap off to em.

    “If we can’t take the spiciness of a red hot chilli pepper anymore… Always extinguish it with gatorade, cause the taste is much better and more “effective” than water.”

  2. thekingdave - May 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    No one expected this to continue, but it’s progress and a possible sign of good things to come. I hope Springer is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      They already have one of the better all around farm systems. Its just a matter of time if they can stay the course. They are a good team in the making.

  3. musketmaniac - May 31, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    nice young core, Altuve will be big,.

  4. mmeyer3387 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    I was thinking that the Astros were going to be a good team in two or three years. However, they are showing signs that it may happen sooner.

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