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Keuchel gets no help from Astros in first loss of 2017

The Houston Astros struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays as Dallas Keuchel tasted defeat for the first time this season.

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Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros

There was so much more to Dallas Keuchel's first loss of the MLB season – a 3-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays – than Dallas Keuchel.

The Astros hit into three inning-ending double plays, they got shut out over six-plus innings by a rookie, and Houston went 0-9 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday.

Keuchel may have been handed his first loss of the year, but this loss was on the line-up, not the former Cy Young winner.

At the same time, some props have to be given to Rays starter Austin Pruitt. Even though the Astros are missing two of their most dangerous hitters in Carlos Correa and George Springer, the former Houston Cougar Pruitt still held one of the best-hitting teams in the league scoreless over more than six innings while earning his sixth win of the season.

Houston's line-up did not do a good job, but Pruitt did his with what he was given. Logan Morrison gave him a two-run lead in the first inning with his 28th home run of the season and the former never looked back.

Fortunately for the Astros, the Seattle Mariners lost, so Houston maintain their 15-game lead on the division.

 

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
New York Yankees 0-2 Detroit Tigers
San Diego Padres 2-5 Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles 6-0 Kansas City Royals
Miami Marlins 7-0 Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs 0-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Houston Astros 0-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Colorado Rockies 5-10 New York Mets
San Francisco Giants 1-5 Oakland Athletics
Chicago White Sox 1-5 Toronto Blue Jays
Pittsburgh Pirates 2-5 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox-Cleveland Indians (postponed)
Atlanta Braves 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Texas Rangers 5-1 Seattle Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers 4-5 St Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels 7-0 Philadelphia Phillies

 

COMPLETE GAME FROM SANTANA

Ervin Santana's start may not have been perfect, but the value of the complete game is so overlooked in today's game that his performance Wednesday deserves its just due. Santana tossed a complete game in 110 pitches, striking out nine and allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk in the Twins' win over the Padres. This was his fifth complete game of the season. The next closest starter to that in the league this year has two.

 

DEJONG STRUGGLES

Paul DeJong has been good for the Cardinals this season, but an 0-for-five night with four strikeouts, four men left on base and an error is less than ideal for the Cardinals, even in a win over the Brewers.

 

STANTON SHOWS HIS VERSATILITY

Giancarlo Stanton is far more than a man that can hit the ball a county mile. He is an athlete who was looked at by USC to play tight end and can do it all on the field and probably could have done just as much on the gridiron as well. He showed off that athleticism with the catch of the night on a Brian Goodwin fly ball to right field.

 

YANKEES AT INDIANS

Sonny Gray was one of the biggest names to be traded at the deadline on Monday and he is set to make his Yankees debut on the road in Cleveland on Thursday. Add that to the fact that he will be facing off with Indians ace Corey Kluber. This one is a must-watch.

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