With their lengthy road skid in the past, the Houston Astros
have a good chance to build on their first victory away from home
in a month.
The Astros look to win consecutive road games for only the
second time this season Tuesday night while trying to continue
their success against Ross Ohlendorf and the San Diego Padres.
J.A. Happ threw 6 1-3 strong innings and Scott Moore hit a pair
of sacrifice flies to help Houston (34-56) snap a 13-game road
losing streak with a 2-0 win over San Diego on Monday. The victory
was the second in 15 games overall for the Astros, who last won on
the road June 14 at San Francisco.
“Everybody has been talking about what’s been going on on the
road and so forth, but we just needed to play good baseball,”
manager Brad Mills said.
Houston, 10-35 away from home, has not won back-to-back road
games since April 25-27.
The Astros didn’t make it easy on themselves Monday, recording
five hits and stranding 13 runners. However, Happ and three
relievers held a San Diego club that had totaled 14 runs and 20
hits while winning its previous two games to six hits.
Marwin Gonzalez had two hits and All-Star Jose Altuve scored
both runs for the Astros, who are batting .233 while averaging 3.5
runs on the road in 2012. Playing in place of injured shortstop Jed
Lowrie, Gonzalez is 4 for 8 since coming off the disabled list
Sunday from a bruised heel.
“We get a guy that’s aggressive and we’re able to do something
with him and Altuve up there,” Mills told the Astros’ official
Houston looks to hand San Diego (36-55) a fifth straight home
defeat if can again get the best of Ohlendorf (2-0, 7.41 ERA), who
is 0-6 with a 6.43 ERA in 10 starts against the Astros. A native of
Austin, Texas, Ohlendorf made his last start June 25 at Houston
when he allowed five runs, two homers and four walks over 3 2-3
innings of an 8-7, 10-inning win to raise his ERA to 8.64 in two
starts this season.
That performance sent the right-hander back to the bullpen where
he gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings of his last two appearances
Houston counters with Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.08), who tries a 15th
time for his first career road win. The right-hander allowed seven
runs and nine hits over four innings of an 11-2 loss at Pittsburgh
on July 2 to fall to 0-7 with a 6.15 ERA in 14 career starts away
That performance, however, was the only time in his last four
starts that Lyles gave up more than two runs. He rebounded July 8
by yielding two in seven innings of 5-3, 10-inning loss to
Lyles allowed a solo homer to Will Venable and overcame a
season-high four walks in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win over the
Padres on June 26. In his second career start, he gave up four runs
in four innings of a 7-2 loss at San Diego on June 5, 2011.
Carlos Quentin is 2 for 3 against Lyles, but its uncertain if
the Padres’ slugger will be in the lineup after he was scratched
Monday with a knee injury. He’s 5 for 15 with two RBIs versus
Houston this season.