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Astros look to extend win streak at Orioles
Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles
- These teams are meeting for the first time since 2019, when Houston won five of seven games. The Astros are 21-5 against Baltimore since the start of the 2016 season, averaging 6.1 runs to the Orioles' 3.7.
- Houston has a season-best seven-game win streak, including an 8-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. The Astros are 17-4 (.810) in games decided by five or more runs this year, the most such wins and highest win percentage in the majors.
- Baltimore lost for the 10th time in its last 11 games on Sunday, 7-4 to the Blue Jays. The Orioles dropped to 14-16 this season when scoring the game's first run -- they are the only MLB team with a losing record in such games.
- Trey Mancini recorded his ninth career multi-homer game in yesterday's loss. It was the Orioles' third straight contest with an individual multi-homer game, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (also May 25-27, 1981 and July 24-27, 1999).
- Keegan Akin is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA (8/24.2) in six career appearances at home (three starts), compared to 0-4 with a 7.04 ERA in 10 career road outings (seven starts).
- Yuli Gurriel ranks second in MLB with 24 RBI against left-handed pitching, while Kyle Tucker is tied for third with 21. Baltimore's Trey Mancini leads with 29 RBI.
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The Houston Astros, who are on a 16-4 roll, will take a seven-game winning streak into the opener of a three-game series against the host Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The Astros completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon with an 8-2 victory and finished their homestand at 6-0.
As much as the Astros have been winning, the Orioles have been losing.
After ending an eight-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, the Orioles lost the final two games of the series.
The Orioles hit nine home runs combined in the two losses, including two by Trey Mancini and one by Pedro Severino in the 7-4 loss on Sunday.
Ryan Mountcastle had three of Baltimore's six homers in a 10-7 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
The Astros will start right-hander Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) on Monday. The Orioles will start left-hander Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76).
Odorizzi is 6-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 20 career games (19 starts) against Baltimore. Akin has never faced the Astros.
With his homers on Sunday. Mancini has 14 for the season and 100 for his career in 531 games. Among players who started their careers with Baltimore, he is the fastest to reach 100 homers with the team.
After missing the 2020 season with stage 3 colon cancer, Mancini said the achievement "means a lot."
"There were a lot of times last year I thought I'd always be stuck on 86 and not get the opportunity to hit anymore," Mancini said. "It's definitely something I cherish and won't take for granted."
His two-run blast in the eighth inning Sunday gave the Orioles 14 straight runs scored on home runs.
"When you face good pitchers, you've got to try to string some hits together, and that's not something we've done really well this year, to be really good up and down the order and grind at-bats out," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "But it's nice to see us drive the ball."
Astros manager Dusty Baker said that right fielder Kyle Tucker (illness) could return during the series in Baltimore.
Tucker, who has missed the past six games, started to work out on Friday. "We've got to get his strength back," Baker said. "Got to get his weight back up."
He lost 10 pounds with what has been termed a "stomach bug." He tested negative for COVID-19.
The Astros are not so certain about the return of third baseman Alex Bregman (strained left quadriceps).
"Honestly there's no timetable, really," Bregman said on Saturday. "It's unfortunate. I'm just going to trust the rehab process. I don't really know. It's going to be based on how I progress and how I feel."
In their win on Sunday, the Astros had a career-best four hits from third baseman Abraham Toro. The 24-year-old is 7-for-11 with five RBIs in three games since being recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land, where he was hitting .352 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games. He was 1-for-12 in April with Houston.
"He's been playing great," Baker said. "I think it helped him to go down there and play every day, find his stroke, find his confidence. He's given us all that we needed."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 21, 2021