Rookie hurler sends Astros past Phils again
The 24-year-old right-hander struck out six in six efficient innings for his first win in a month and
Norris (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits to snap a personal three-game losing streak and earn his first victory since Aug. 12 at Florida. He had been hit hard since becoming the first rookie in
“They let you know where you stand a little bit,” Norris said of his last three outings. “You kind of gather yourself, get back to the basics, just keep going at it and that’s exactly what I did.”
“They keep playing all the time, they don’t quit,” manager Cecil Cooper said. “They play hard all the time.”
Rollins drove Norris’ fourth pitch into the
“The first batter of the game is always a question mark,” Norris said. “But I came back and the rest of the game, I pitched really well.”
Hamels extended his scoreless streak to a career-best 21 innings before the
“With the type of speed he has, I think there’s a reason he’s been such a huge threat and a big player for their team,” Hamels said.
Once again, Bourn triggered the rally.
“He set the stage for the game,”
Norris retired eight of the last nine hitters he faced. Cooper said Norris showed more poise than he had in his previous three starts.
“He’s got the stuff, he just has to learn how to pitch,” Cooper said. “Today, he kept his emotions out of it and just kept pitching.”
Norris quickly found his rhythm against the
“As the game progressed, I got into a groove,” he said. “Once I got the ball rolling a little bit, I felt great. I want to keep it going for the next couple of starts.”
Bourn leads the