Astros 9, Diamondbacks 2: Conger, Correa razing Arizona

Houston (59-46) hammered three homers off right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) in snapping the Diamondbacks’ six-game win streak.


The Astros would build on their lead in the fourth after a Evan Gattis double, Jed Lowrie reached on an error, and Colby Rasmus was hit by a pitch.

In 18 starts Anderson hasn’t been as sharp as he was in 2014 going 4-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 105 innings giving up 12 home runs. Arizona would take a 2-1 lead after Keuchel forced home a run on a walk.

The Diamondbacks came into Saturday’s game on a six-game winning streak.

In the seventh, Arizona struck for one more run to tie the game when Peralta singled into right field, allowing Cliff Pennington to score.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) throws to first after fielding a ground ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Welington Castillo as David Peralta (6) safely advances from first to second during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, August 2, 2015, in Houston. The second double came off the bat of Diamondbacks first baseman Jake Lamb (2-for-4) and plated catcher Wellington Castillo (2-for-4).

Carlos Gomez had three hits in his second game with the Astros since a trade from Milwaukee on Thursday.

Rubby De La Rosa, who had allowed one run over his last 15 innings spanning two starts, allowed four runs and eight hits with four strikeouts over six innings.

Castillo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle for Arizona.

“But with the desire to hit Carlos Correa at the top of the lineup, and with the pending return of Springer from injury, Hinch will have some decisions to make on how to arrange his run-scorers and his RBI men in the lineup”. Ray has allowed four or more runs in two of his last three outings – both losses.

Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale provided some updates on when Dbacks fans could see the All Star back on the field as the team begins the stretch run. The right-hander remained winless in three starts since coming off the disabled list July 18.

To make room for Gomez on the roster, Houston optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno….

“You know what, that’s between Yasmany and myself”, Hale said. Acquired via trade from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Fiers will be activated on Sunday…. Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock sat out Saturday night because of soft tissue soreness behind his left knee and probably will miss the series finale against Houston on Sunday.

Hinch said coach Gary Pettis will work with Gomez on the corner outfield spots during the road trip but that for the time being he will keep Gomez in center “to get him comfortable on this team and feel good”.


Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (12-5) will start the second game of the weekend series as he looks to rebound after allowing a season-high five runs on a season-high 10 hits in a loss to Kansas City last Sunday.

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