Fiers turns in quality start
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The Astros jumped on Ubaldo Jimenez early and held on for an 8-7 win Friday night in Baltimore. Yuli Gurriel's two-run line drive homer highlighted a three-run first inning for Houston and Colin Moran's first career triple helped the Astros add on two more runs in the second.
Brian McCann added a solo shot off Jimenez leading off the sixth and Moran smacked his first career homer in the eighth to give the Astros a comfortable 8-1 lead.
Mike Fiers delivered an outstanding seven-inning performance on the mound for the Astros, striking out nine while holding the red-hot Orioles offense to only one run. Unfortunately, the Astros bullpen ran into some trouble and things got a little scary before this one was over.
Michael Feliz recorded three strikeouts in the eighth but gave up a pair of hits and a run along the way. James Hoyt got the first out in the ninth but allowed the next four batters to reach base.
Enter the usually reliable Chris Devenski. Jonathan Schoop rakes a three-run blast to rightfield on Devenski's first pitch and suddenly it's an 8-7 game. Things just keep getting weirder when power hitting Chris Davis inexplicably bunts back to the pitcher and Devo makes a 50-foot underhand toss to first for out number two.
Having seen just about enough, A.J. Hinch calls his closer out of the bullpen to face Mark Trumbo. Kenny G. wins the battle, striking out last season's home run leader with a back-up slider to save the game.
Fiers picked up win number seven and Giles notched his 21st save. Gurriel enjoyed his first four-hit game as a big-leaguer and George Springer added three hits from the leadoff spot.
Collin McHugh will make his long-awaited season debut Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series. McHugh has been on the disabled list since February with an elbow impingement. Baltimore sends right-hander Chris Tillman to the hill in a 6:05 CDT tilt.
- Greg Thurston