After receiving a shutout on Saturday, the Astros removed the dust off his bats and enjoyed good run-production to defeat the Royals 7-4 and finish their road trip with a series win. Houston scored four times between the eighth and ninth innings to come up with their 35th victory of the season.
While the ‘Stros were waiting for their hitters to come alive, Framber Valdez was set to pitch another good game and continue his recent track of pure success. Helped by a great mix of his curveball and fastball –threw those two pitches 82 percent of the times—, Valdez pitched six innings for his eighth quality start in a row and his fifth consecutive win (total record is 6-2).
Framber, who struggled with command at times, surrendered four hits and two earned runs, gave up three walks, struck out five opponents, and allowed Salvador Pérez’s eighth home run of 2022. Over his last eight outings, the 28-year-old southpaw carries a 2.13 ERA across 55 innings with 43 punchouts.
With a 10-4 record in their last 14 contests, the Astros’ first run of the game came thanks to a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón in the third. An inning later, Yordan Álvarez scored on a wild pitch and Kyle Tucker homered for the first time in June and ninth time overall in 2022 to make it 3-0.