Rays blank Astros 3-0

U of H product Pruitt shuts down 'Stros
(c) Associated Press

Austin Pruitt had a big night against his hometown team, throwing 6-1/3 innings of shutout baseball in Wednesday's 3-0 Rays win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Making only the third start of his big league career, the University of Houston product kept the Astros bats quiet for most of the evening. The only real threat against him came in the third inning when the Astros put runners on the corners with nobody out before a strikeout and double-play snuffed the rally.

The Rays broke out on top early against Dallas Keuchel. Logan Morrison's 2-run blast in the first inning turned out to be enough to pin a loss on Houston's ace. In his second start back from a long stint on the disabled list Keuchel gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks over the course of five innings. Much like his previous outing, a high pitch count and too many base-runners knocked Dallas out of the game earlier than usual. The difference was, this time, the offense was unable to mount a comeback and Keuchel took his first loss of the season.

The Astros went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, grounded into three double-plays, and managed only five hits in the game. Losers of five of the last seven contests, the Astros send Collin McHugh to the mound Thursday night hoping to come away with a split in the 4-game series. Lefty Blake Snell goes for the Rays.

In other, more uplifting news, Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel were named American League Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for the for the month of July.

- Greg Thurston