HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel accomplished probably the greatest months of his profession with arguably his greatest begin of the season.
Keuchel threw 7 2/three strong innings, Marwin Gonzalez hit a 3-run residence run and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Sunday.
Keuchel (5-zero) struck out 9, whereas permitting one run on three hits and two walks.
“I don’t find out about greatest stuff, however that’s in all probability the most effective command I’ve had in awhile,” Keuchel stated. “I’m going to proceed to assault the zone and get some early contact and let the protection work.”
The left-hander has thrown a minimum of seven innings in each outing this season. He turned the second pitcher in Astros historical past to get 5 wins in April, becoming a member of Roger Clemens, who went 5-zero in 2004.
“He was actually good,” Houston supervisor A.J. Hinch. “He was fairly good final time too however simply his command and management of himself, of his pitches, of his fastball, his changeup – he did the whole lot proper. . I used to be pleased with how he pitched and competed. He was fairly locked in.”
The Astros completed April sixteen-9, marking the third time in franchise historical past and first time since 2006 once they have been sixteen-eight, the membership has gained at the least sixteen video games within the month.
“It’s satisfying for positive, however it’s solely April,” Keuchel stated. “We’ve an extended methods to go. .We couldn’t have requested for a greater begin to the season. We’ll take that.”
After Trevor Plouffe doubled with one out within the first, Keuchel retired 10 straight and thirteen of the subsequent 14 batters he confronted.
“He’s obtained a superb sinker, good cutter, good slider, good changeup – he’s obtained 4 pitches, and also you simply attempt to grind on him just a little bit and keep near him,” Oakland supervisor Bob Melvin stated of Keuchel. “Hopefully you will get him out of the sport.”
Ken Giles earned his sixth save after getting Yonder Alonso to fly out with the bases loaded.
Gonzalez hit his residence run off the fitting area foul pole in eighth.
Carlos Correa laced an RBI double within the first to provide the Astros a 1-zero lead. Evan Gattis had an RBI double within the fourth, earlier than Brian McCann hit a two-run single within the fifth extending the result in four-zero.
Ryon Healy minimize the result in four-1 with an RBI single within the eighth, and Chad Pinder had a run-scoring single within the ninth.
Jesse Hahn (1-2) gave up 4 runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
“I feel I obtained just a little higher as the sport went on,” Hahn stated. “I assumed I battled rather well, however I did get myself in some…