by David Johnson
During Wednesday’s 11-4 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros rattled off three consecutive inning wins, matching their longest stretch of successful innings of the season.
“We beat them 1-0, 2-0 and 1-0 in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. That’s three straight. From where I’m from, that’s a winning streak,” said manager Bo Porter. “Man, against a team like the Rangers, that’s huge. I really like where we’re headed.”
Excitement was clear on the faces of the Astros throughout the game. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard, who gave up 12 hits and 7 earned runs in 4 innings of work, said: “We’ve turned this club around. And today is a real sign. I can’t remember the last time we won three in a row.” Bedard, who also walked four, added, “A few more streaks like this, and we’ll be popping champagne in here. It might even be time for me to start talking contract extension.”
The winning streak is just one more sign that the Astros, who have the worst record in baseball and are on pace to lose more than 100 games for the third straight season, won’t be in the cellar for long.
“Don’t count this team out,” said Porter. “We’re fighters and while I’m telling the guys to take this streak one inning at a time. It’s all in line with our long-term goal to win four, maybe five innings in a row. Preferably the final innings of a game, too.”