HOUSTON – By the time the fifth inning ended Tuesday night, Justin Verlander had only four breakthroughs and knew his double-digit strikeout line was ending. The Astros jumped on the Rays to take nine runs on Charlie Morton's return to Minute Maid Park,
HOUSTON – By the time the fifth inning ended on Tuesday night,
Werlander, who entered his 28th start of the season with the Astros-record seven straight games with at least 1
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"I didn't really think it was justified," Verlander said. "As a referee, I think Pat needs to understand that it's an emotional game, and sometimes when things don't go your way, you let him know. I thought I did it in as respectful a way as I could where my emotions were. As the play progressed, I told him I considered a strike. He told me it was a ball. This went on a little back and forth and I turned my back and expressed one more time when I didn't think it was out.
"I probably could have had a better language when I said it, but in my empire story, I think when I turn my back on the situation, at this point I'm trying to just relax. I never called him a name. I have never said anything outrageous to him. I have just expressed my dissatisfaction with the call on the pitch and unfortunately he has decided to rule me.
Verlander thought he had hit Pam looking at the pitch 2-2, but it was called a ball. Fam hit another pitch into the gap in the center-right, and a disappointed Verlander expressed his displeasure. He was thrown with his back to Hoberg. Brad Peacock takes over.
"I think [Hoberg] let [Verlander] say his word, and then he went a little further than he wanted to let him go, and we don't need to let him go anymore," said the Astros AJ manager Hinch. "At the end of the day, a dispute arises between the JV and the judge, and he has the right to do so if he feels he has crossed the lines. I will always go out there and support the JV, but that is what it is."
Verlander said. that it's a little overreaction on both sides, but he's not trying to be an antagonist.
"I tried to do my best not to show these guys," he said. "I know they have a lot of hard work, but he is straightened [Jose] Altov up on a very similar pitch early in the game. "
Verlender (16-5) engaged in, holding the Rays to four pops He pitched sideways in the second inning but will only get one more shot, being the first home run to post seven consecutive games with at least 10 delays since Chris Salle had eight in 2017
"We knew we were coming in, we have our hands full today," said Flight Manager Kevin Cash.
Werlander has 2.04 EPAs in his last nine starts and has not gone batter in 24 innings. He has won at least 16 games in nine seasons, the highest number of active pitchers and is ranked 11th most in the expansion era.
"I came in anticipation of a master duel," said Verlander. "I know Charlie was great this year and I have to give credit to our guys. They gave him some great bats throughout the day, really grinding to strike a few punches and didn't miss when they did. That was the last thing I expected with Charlie on the mound. "
The Astros played tributes to Morton before the game, culminating with Morton recording the 2017 World Series Finals. They continued to hammer him for six runs and seven hits in four innings.
"Obviously we have a lot of background with him as a teammate and we knew a little about how he was going to get on," Hinch said. "He did a little differently than we would have expected a little. You need to find a pitch to hit. I thought we challenged him early. I think we stayed with him. We had some big hits. … We just kept on pushing him with really good bats. "
July Guriel hit a two-hole hole on a two-hit ball, and Robinson Kirinos added a two-run homer in the fourth and rookie slugger Jordan Alvarez hit the first of his two homers, a two-run shot at the fifth. sixth to take the lead 14-0.
Alvarez became the second player in history to record four multi-pass games in his first 60 career games, with his 40 extra-base hits in 60 games second only to Joe Di Maggio (46 extra-base hits in 1936) and he's one home away from tying Carlos Correa team record of 22.
"Correa mentioned it to me and we talked a little bit about it and it would be nice, but I was just trying to get the job done," Alvarez said.
Brian McTaggart has been covering the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @ brianmctaggart on Twitter.