OAKLAND – Just as they did for teammate Justin Verlander nearly a year ago at the same club in the Coliseum, the Astros roasted another club member with 200 wins Sunday afternoon, taking a few minutes to greet pitcher Zack Greinke.
OAKLAND – As they did for teammate Justin Verlander nearly a year ago at the same club in the Coliseum, the Astros roasted another club member with 200 wins on Sunday afternoon, taking a few moments to congratulate the starter
Greenkee became the third active man to score 200 wins and more importantly for his teammates, helped stop the Astros' five-game winning streak, holding A to one run and four hits in seven innings with 4-1
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"I wouldn't say that there are many steels that would say [wins] No. 1 is the most important statistic for them, but if you and the team win, that's the most important," said Greenkee. "It is not necessary to say that you are throwing the best, but it is the most important."
Greenke joined CC Sabathia (251) and Verlander (219) as the only active farmers who reach the milestone. He is the 115th pitcher in Major League history to win 200 games. Since joining the Astros since his trade on July 31 from the D-backs, he is 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his three starts.
"I think Zack did a great job of getting out and stopping the bleeding tonight," said Astros Third Founder Alex Bregman, who hit a Triassic homer in the fifth inning. "We ended the long journey with a win. We have a lot of work to do to get what we want, but today was a step in the right direction. ”
Greenkee set the tone for the Astros, sending the first nine Tests he faced, needing only 25 pitches to go through three perfect passes. Marcus Semien marked it as a lead homer in fourth, but the A's had no other batter to reach third base.
"They swung early and he made good plays and got all his outs," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "I was more impressed with him when he got zero after the pass we put in. This trip was not easy. "
A-one came out, swinging early, signaling that they expected Greenkeep to be around the plate. He struggled with his fastball team in his first two starts with Houston, but his right hand was in full control of Sunday's game. It mixed four pitches – from a 67-mph change to a 92-mph fastball.
"It's not his speed," said manager Bob Melvin. "He does it a little differently than many premier beginners. He paints with his fastball. His shift is almost at the same speed as his fastball, but he nonetheless dives off the table and heads straight down. Curveball to chase, curveball to hit, sliders to the right, it really doesn't give you much to hit. "
Greinke was still adapting to his new teammates, and he realized in the seventh inning Sunday how strong Carlos Correa's leg was when he covered himself first and threw himself into the laser relay to complete a double play.
"I wasn't prepared for it and couldn't see real good," said Greinke. "It was a little dangerous."
The Astros limited their longest trip of the season with a 4-6 record with a much-needed victory behind Greinke and Bregman (4-for-4), who delivered one of their biggest hits of the season with his two-hit, two-hit , a homer in the fifth inning to take the Astros ahead, 3-1. He is the first Astros player to have a 30-game streak since Lance Berkman in 2006-07.
"It was nice to take the extra opportunity, considering how we bats in those big situations early in the game," Hinch said. "The key is to create a great home with three moves. July [Gurriel] The swing of the next inning to get an extra start was crucial. It's not an easy trip for us. We played three series in three different time zones. No excuses, but it's nice to end this with a win and get a happy flight. ”
Brian McTaggart has been covering the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.