Strikes Out Ten While Allowing Just One Infield Hit
Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29 ERA) picked up the win for the Rays by dominating the Houston Astros lineup allowing only an infield hit while striking out 10 and walking just two over 7.1 innings of work. He had the Astros hitters swinging through a career high 22 pitches (previous high 16 in 101 pitches May 9 versus Cleveland).
Jake Buchanan (0-1, 10.38 ERA) was recalled from the Astros Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks to make his major league debut. He lasted just 4.1 innings allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits walking three and failing to register a strikeout.
The Rays jumped on him early pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a Kevin Keirmaier RBI double and a James Loney RBI single.
Later in the inning they attempted the safety squeeze with Brandon Guyer at the plate and runners at the corners but Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez charged thwarted the play charging in and holding Evan Longoria at third and throwing Brandon Guyer out at first. Matt Joyce walked to load the bases with two out but Buchanan was able to retire Yunel Escobar on a ground out to Jon Singleton to end the inning.
Buchanan was in trouble again in the second innings as the Rays put runners at 1st and 2nd with one out but he was able to avoid any further damage and seemed to settle into a groove afterwards. Although he allowed a runner to reach base in the third and fourth inning he was never in danger of giving up a run.
The wheels came off for him in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Rays put up a three spot to take a commanding 5-0 lead. His troubles began after he hit Evan Longoria to lead off the inning. Longoria got himself into scoring position by stealing second base and came in to score on a Brandon Guyer RBI single. Guyer came around to score on a Matt Joyce RBI double that ended Buchanan’s evening.
The Rays added three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded Jerome Williams uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Hanigan to score. He then hit Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch to reload the bases before striking out Evan Longoria looking for the second out of the inning. The Rays were hitting .161 (5 for 31) with 2-out and the bases loaded and James Loney helped improve on that delivering a 2-RBI single to put the Rays up 8-0.