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Astros make Greinke compensate for mistakes

Astros make Greinke compensate for mistakes

HOUSTON — Given how spectacularly Dodgers right-hander Zach Greinke has pitched this season, a Astros satisfied that maximizing any Greinke mistake would offer their hopes of securing a win utterly well.

Greinke erred 3 times over 7 innings and a Astros pounced on each occasion, creation a many of their 3 bottom hits in a 3-1 feat over a Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night during Minute Maid Park.

The Astros (68-56) cashed in all 3 of their extra-base hits off Greinke (13-3), who suffered his initial detriment given Jun 13 during San Diego. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve finished 2-for-3, blustering a triple and a solo home run while scoring twice. First baseman Luis Valbuena also homered as a Astros softened to 12-3 in interleague games.

“We apparently took advantage of a unequivocally few mistakes that he made,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch pronounced of Greinke. “Going into this diversion we know he’s a unequivocally good pitcher and if we get any mistakes or any opportunities we wish to gain on them.”

Houston continued a vehement play during home, fluctuating a strain to 12 uninterrupted array possibly won (10) or separate (two). The Dodgers (67-55) will try to avert a array brush with ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw (10-6) on a pile in a culmination on Sunday.

Astros left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-8) won for only a second time in 6 starts with Houston. He late a initial 9 batters he faced and was on gait to compare a capability of his initial dual starts with a Astros, when he worked 14 2/3 scoreless innings. But, after permitting uninterrupted hits to open a fourth inning, Kazmir began to labor.

Kazmir held a mangle when Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins unsuccessful in his try to widen his leadoff singular into a double, and he worked around a one-out infield singular from right fielder Yasiel Puig.

In a fifth, Kazmir was a customer of a replay examination that topsy-turvy a statute of a one-out triple for second baseman Chase Utley, with Utley sent behind to second when it was suggested that a round ricocheted off a tainted pole.

More difficulty followed in a sixth, and this time Kazmir could not equivocate surrendering a run when Rollins doubled and third baseman Justin Turner combined an RBI single. But Kazmir did safety his lead with a strikeout of Scott Van Slyke before Utley rolled into a groundout.

“I felt during a time we threw a initial (changeup) meditative that he was going to be assertive and got a representation and miss,” Kazmir pronounced of a method to Van Slyke. “I threw a second one and got a representation and miss. we attempted to enhance a small bit, only anticipating to get a strike zone.”

Kazmir authorised 6 hits and a travel with 8 strikeouts in 6 innings.

“It feels like we’re not overhanging a bats good right now,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The appetite is not unequivocally what you’d like.”

Altuve tripled and after scored in a initial inning on a misplayed grounder by Turner. His homer in a sixth, his 10th, capped a scoring.

Valbuena struck with dual outs in a second, blustering a 3-2 Greinke fastball 411 feet to a behind of a home bullpen in right-center margin for his team-leading 22nd homer. Greinke late 11 uninterrupted batters before Altuve once again incited a Dodgers’ diversion devise on a ear.

“He doesn’t strike out much,” Greinke pronounced of Altuve. “I feel like in a past a lot of them have been softer hits like soothing belligerent balls that he beats out. But currently he strike all 3 balls unequivocally hard. Bunch of fastballs currently and that was my devise entrance in. Then starting a third at-bat, try to get them with something else though he didn’t representation during it where we wanted him to. Then he strike a fastball. Some good at-bats. Wrong diversion plan. Good swings.”

NOTES: With RHP Lance McCullers rejoining a revolution on Sunday and a Astros scheduled for a day off Thursday, RHP Mike Fiers won’t representation again until Saturday in Minnesota during a earliest. Fiers threw 134 pitches while tossing his initial no-hitter on Friday night opposite a Dodgers. … Dodgers CF Joc Pederson, with an OPS .183 reduce opposite maladroit pitchers than right-handers, was absent from a lineup opposite Astros LHP Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers aim to keep INF/OF Enrique Hernandez, who strike .440 (11-for-25) during a six-game attack strain that finished on Friday night, in a lineup as good as recently acquired 2B Chase Utley. … The Astros optioned OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno to make room for RHP Lance McCullers, who will start a array culmination opposite a Dodgers on Sunday. Tucker is batting .152/.188/.304 in August.

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/23/bbo-dodgers-astros-writethru-idUSMTZEB8NIJF4E520150823