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Astros back Cosart, end Orioles' winning streak at five

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BALTIMORE -- It was one of those rare days when everything went right for the Houston Astros.

Houston took an early lead and added to it late. The starting pitching was solid. The bullpen was nearly perfect.

The result was a 5-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday that enabled the young Astros to avert a three-game sweep.

"Overall, a good team win," manager Bo Porter said.

Jason Castro and Marc Krauss hit home runs to account for all of Houston's offense, and Jarred Cosart (2-3) allowed two runs over six innings for the Astros, who had lost seven of eight before ending Baltimore's five-game winning streak.

Castro hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman (3-2) in the first inning, and the Astros made the advantage stand up.

"When we can come out and score early, that's really when we're at our best," Castro said. "It kind of gives some of the young staff a little bit of a breather from the beginning."

It was 3-2 before Krauss connected against T.J. McFarland with a runner on in the seventh.

"Those are the runs we have not been able to get," Porter said. "Those tack-on runs that give you an extra cushion, make it a three-run lead instead of a one-run lead. That was a huge home run."

Houston is 11-11 when it hits a home run and 1-15 when it doesn't.

Although the Astros' bullpen came in with a 6.21 ERA, Tony Sipp struck out five in two perfect innings and Chad Qualls worked a hitless ninth for his second save.

"I have confidence no matter who they put in behind me that they can get the job done," Cosart said.

Jose Altuve had three hits for the Astros, who improved to 6-12 against the Orioles -- including 2-10 at Camden Yards. Everything seemed to fall into place for the team with the worst record in the major leagues.

"We've played some good baseball the last two days," third baseman Matt Dominguez said. "Pitched the ball well, got some timely hits. Hopefully that can give us a jumpstart."

Adam Jones drove in both Baltimore runs, giving him 501 RBI in 981 career games.

Tillman gave up three runs, four hits and a season-high five walks in five innings. The right-hander settled down after issuing three walks and a home run in the first inning, but needed 105 pitches to get 15 outs.

"It was a struggle for me. Fastball command wasn't there for me from the get-go," Tillman said. "It was a battle all day."

Before the game, the Orioles activated Chris Davis (strained left oblique) from the 15-day disabled list and put catcher Matt Wieters on the DL with a strained right elbow. Davis went 2 for 4 in his first game since April 25.

"Felt good," Davis said. "Timing is a little off, little in-between. But it was definitely good to be in there, moving around again."

Houston took a 3-0 lead before Tillman retired a batter. After Altuve and Dexter Fowler walked, Castro hit the right-hander's next pitch over the center-field wall. Tillman has yielded seven first-inning runs this season, his most in any inning.

"He kept us in the ballgame and threw some zeros up after that," manager Buck Showalter said. "But it wasn't what he's capable of or what we've come to expect. Or more importantly, what Chris has come to expect."

Jones hit a two-run single to get Baltimore to 3-2 in the third.

A double by Davis in the fifth put two runners in scoring position, but Jones struck out before Nelson Cruz flied out.

Notes

The Orioles were denied consecutive three-game sweeps for the first time since 2005. They won three in a row at Tampa Bay before facing the Astros. ... The game drew 45,944 fans, the second sellout of the season at Camden Yards. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, one short of his career high. ... Tillman's 399th and 400th career strikeouts came against George Springer in the first and third. ... Houston's Alex Presley snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a sixth-inning single. ... Bud Norris takes the mound for Baltimore on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against Detroit. The Astros return home to face Texas. ... Since coming to Houston from the Padres organization, Sipp has retired all 12 batters he's faced with seven strikeouts.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Castro
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B4130100 .288
Dexter Fowler, CF3100205 .238
Jason Castro, DH5113024 .214
Matt Dominguez, 3B5120000 .252
Marc Krauss, 1B4122111 .187
George Springer, RF5000043 .215
Alex Presley, LF4020102 .226
Carlos Corporan, C4000004 .150
Jonathan Villar, SS4010021 .233
Jarred Cosart, P0000000 .000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals38511559  
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (11, McFarland), Alex Presley (2, McFarland)
HR - Jason Castro (5, Tillman), Marc Krauss (3, McFarland)
RBI - Jason Castro 3 (17), Marc Krauss 2 (11)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Krauss, Altuve-Krauss-Altuve-Villar-Krauss
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart (W,2-3) 6822230 4.30
Tony Sipp (H,1) 2000050 0.00
Chad Qualls (S,2) 1000000 3.75
HBP - Flaherty (by Chad Qualls)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 98-63, Tony Sipp 36-20, Chad Qualls 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 7-6, Tony Sipp 1-0, Chad Qualls 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 26, Tony Sipp 6, Chad Qualls 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF3110110 .317
Manny Machado, 3B4120021 .179
Chris Davis, 1B4020021 .263
Adam Jones, CF4012013 .264
Nelson Cruz, DH3000114 .278
Steve Clevenger, C3010003 .262
   a-Delmon Young, PH1000000 .321
J.J. Hardy, SS4010001 .265
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3000002 .203
David Lough, LF2000000 .167
   b-Steve Pearce, PH-LF2000011 .273
Chris Tillman, P0000000 .000
   T.J. McFarland, P0000000 .000
   Troy Patton, P0000000 .000
Totals3328228  
a-lined out for Clevenger in the 9th
b-struck out for Lough in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (5, Cosart)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (20)
Team LOB - 7
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (L,3-2) 5433531 3.97
T.J. McFarland 3722041 3.86
Troy Patton 1000020 2.45
WP - Chris Tillman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 105-61, T.J. McFarland 46-32, Troy Patton 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 8-4, T.J. McFarland 2-3
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 24, T.J. McFarland 16, Troy Patton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45944
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg