Kyle Tucker reminded the Astros why he’d been their most untouchable prospect. He did it with a 103 mph double in the second inning on Friday night in Anaheim and again with a 109 mph single in the fourth.
But the one they’re most likely to remember came in the seventh inning when manager Dusty Baker left him in the game to face left-hander Hoby Milner with the bases loaded and the Astros leading by two runs. Tucker delivered a sharp ground-ball single — 94 mph off the bat — to score two runs as the Astros opened a nine-game road trip with a 9-6 victory over the Angels.
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Tucker’s three hits and career-high four RBIs came on a night when the Astros broke out of their offensive funk with 12 hits off nine Angels pitchers. But they needed them as Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. needed 91 pitches to get through a choppy four innings and allowed four earned runs, six hits and four walks.
Houston’s pitching staff issued 12 walks in all, and Baker was again forced to go deep into his rookie relievers, who combined to allow two runs (one earned) over four innings, beginning with two scoreless by Brandon Bielak in his second career appearance.