Morton blanks former team for 7
(c) Associated Press
Charlie Morton and three relievers combined on a 4-hit shutout as the Astros downed the Phillies 5-0 Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Morton overcame early control problems to turn in seven strong innings, earning his eighth win of the year.
Derek Fisher, called up from AAA Fresno to fill in for an ailing George Springer, had a big night for the Astros. Fisher made a couple of nice catches in centerfield early in the game to keep the Phils off the scoreboard. Derek also went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in a pair of runs in the Astros' 4-run sixth inning.
Alex Bregman got Houston's first hit, a leadoff triple in the third, and came around to score the first run on Norichika Aoki's sacrifice fly. Bregman would then leave the game with what was later reported to be a barking hamstring.
Marwin Gonzalez had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI, extending his on-base streak to 28 straight games. Jose Altuve's sixth inning double extended his on-base streak to 27 games, his hitting streak to 17, and made it 57 consecutive games in which the Astros hit at least one double.
Ken Giles made his first appearance against his former team, fanning two batters in the ninth inning to finish off the team shutout. Cameron Rupp was the bright spot for the home team. The Phillies catcher went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
The Astros are now 9-0 against National League opponents this season. The visit to the "City of Brotherly Love" comes to a close with Wednesday evening's 6:05 CDT contest pitting Mike Fiers against Aaron Nola.
- Greg Thurston