Jose Altuve slapped four hits and Alex Bregman homered to pace the Astros to a 7-2 triumph at Bull's Eye Field over the Twins Tuesday night. It's their sixth straight victory and 21st of May as they have won all but one series during the month.
Fiers: Six timely innings
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Mike Fiers was supposed to be demoted from the starting rotation but then Charlie Morton was placed on the disabled list and then Joe Musgrove became the latest to spend time on the shelf with a right shoulder strain. It's a bit scary when the healthiest pitcher in the rotation is oft-dinged Lance McCullers.
However Fiers took the challenge and overcame a two-run first to even his record at 2-2. Fiers tossed six quality innings as his ERA fell under 5.00.
Bregman's sacrifice fly after Yuri Gurriel's double plated the first Houston run in the third. In the fourth, Altuve scored on a double play grounder to tie the game. Altuve returned in the fifth to drive in a pair with a single that ate up Minnesota third sacker Ehire Adrianza before continuing into left field. This all came at the expense of Jose Berrios who suffered his first loss of the season.
Bregman added some insurance in the seventh with a long drive down the left field line against Buddy Boshers that stayed fair. Houston added two more in the seventh just to quash any comeback ideas the Twinks may have considered.
After Fiers lasted six innings, Chris Devenski tossed a scoreless pair and Michael Feliz finished up.
The organization made roster changes throughout the system which were announced Tuesday. Houston called up 6-7 giant David Paulino to take Musgrove's turn in the rotation Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Former Angel Hector Santiago (4-4) will pitch for Minnesota in the 12:10 Central getaway special. The Astros have also called up lefthanded reliever Reymin Guduan to shore up the bullpen.
The ballclub also promoted top batting prospect Kyle Tucker, younger brother of Preston Tucker, to AA Corpus Christi. He was batting .288 with nine homers and 43 RBIs for Buies Creek in the Advanced A-ball Carolina League. Outfielder Jason Martin and infielder Arturo Michelena are making the same jump. Moving from Corpus to AAA Fresno are pitcher Dean Deetz and outfielder Alejandro Garcia. The moves clear roster space in the low minors for players added from the June draft which will take place June 12-14.
- Bob Hulsey