Astros soar over O’s in Keuchel’s return

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The Astros’ offense overpowered the Orioles with 11 hits, and did so behind Keuchel in his first start since May 16. After being activated from the disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck, Keuchel tossed six innings of one-run baseball, aided by eight strikeouts.

Springer’s home run traveled 447 feet, according to Statcast™, and was insurance for the Astros — who have an MLB-best 34 wins through 50 games. Since 2000, 10 teams have won at least 34 of their first 50 games, with the Cubs starting 35-15 last year en route to a championship. 

The Orioles have lost six in a row for the first time since 2015.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Springer’s 10th dinger: After an Alex Bregman single, Springer crushed his home run to left-center field. According to Statcast™, Springer’s long ball left the bat at 109.3 mph and was the second longest homer he’s hit this season, trailing a 454-footer on April 6.

Quick work: To begin the bottom of the first inning, Springer hit a single against lefty Wade Miley. Altuve then shot a double over Orioles center fielder Joey Rickard, who replaced Adam Jones (sore ankle) in the starting lineup. Springer made an acrobatic dive to plate the Astros’ first run, then Altuve scored on a Carlos Correa single, putting Houston up 2-0 before its fourth batter reached the batter’s box.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Saturday.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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