Altuve has second straight 4-hit game
(c) Associated Press
A rain delay of nearly two hours couldn't slow down the Houston offense in a 13-4 win in Philadelphia Monday night. The Astros scored at least one run against all four Phillies pitchers on the way to their eighth win in eight interleague games this season.
Brian McCann and Alex Bregman got the scoring started with back-to-back home runs off former Astro Vincent Velasquez in the second inning.
Brad Peacock gave up one run in three innings of work before the rains came with the Astros leading 3-1 with a runner on first and no outs in the top of the fourth. When play resumed Bregman greeted new Phillies pitcher Ricardo Pinto with a line drive double. Two outs later, Jose Altuve's 2-run single sparked what would turn into a 5-run inning for the visitors.
Joe Musgrove came in and held the Phillies scoreless for the middle three innings to pick up his fifth win of the year. Tony Sipp struggled through his only inning of work, giving up three runs on a bases loaded triple by Galveston's Nick Williams. James Hoyt posted a pair of zeroes on the scoreboard for the final two innings despite allowing three hits and a walk.
Altuve led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs, and three RBIs. Josh Reddick and Alex Bregman contributed three hits apiece to the Astros' 18-hit attack. Tyler White saw his first big league action of the year, going 1-for-4 after entering the game as a pinch hitter.
A.J. Hinch used the blowout as an opportunity to move some of his players around the diamond on defense. Yuli Gurriel moved to his familiar old position of third-base for the final six innings and Alex Bregman saw time at shortstop for the third time in the last four games.
George Springer slipped on the turf while fielding a ball in the outfield and left the game shortly thereafter. Initial reports sighted "left quad discomfort." Norichika Aoki replaced Springer and went 1-for-3 with three runs scored.
Game two of the series is slated for 6:05 Tuesday night and pits Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta against former Phillie Charlie Morton.
- Greg Thurston