Jake Odorizzi and the back-up Astros brought a scoreless game into the eighth inning and the Houston squad finally crushed the Baltimoire Orioles 10-2 on Monday.
Maikel Franco hit a two-run homerun off Brandon Bielak after a strikeout in the eighth inning, shattering the game with no scoring or hitting for the Astros. Odorizzi and reliever Cristian Javier shut out the Orioles during the first seven innings.
The start of the match was delayed by one hour and there was a 41-minute hiatus when the eighth had already started. Bielak came in at the end of the eighth and reached Austin Hays before allowing Franco’s slap.
Earlier in Franco’s home plate presence, Bielak appeared to have pulled him out on strikes, but he didn’t get help from home plate official Angel Hernandez.
Stevie Wilkerson called with a single down center and the Orioles ended the game with two hits.
The Astros were looking for Game 7 without a runs or hitting in the Majors this season. This would have equaled the highest total since 1900, which was set in 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015. The record is eight and it was set in 1884.
Odorizzi (2-3) struck out nine opponents in 86 shots. He helped the Astros secure an eighth consecutive victory.
Aged 31, Odorizzi missed more than a month of activity due to a strained right arm muscle. It was his fourth start and fifth appearance at the mound since returning to play. He struck out the first 13 batters he faced before allowing DJ Stewart a walk in the fifth inning.
The Astros had their most recent game without a point or hitting for the Majors, when Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski shut out the Seattle Mariners on August 3, 2019.
There was only one game without a point or hitting at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Japanese Hideo Nomo had achieved the feat on April 3, 2001, with the Boston Red Sox.
Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run homerun in the Astros’ five-run third inning. Keegan Akin (0-3) conceded five runs in addition to four innings of work.
Elsewhere in the American:
Athletics 3 – Rangers 8
OAK: Frankie Montas had a tough outing allowing 9 hits and 8 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings
TEX: Andy Ibanez capped a 5-point push with a three-run homer in the first set
Reds 5 – Twins 7 (12 manches)
CIN: The Reds took the lead by 2 points in the 10th inning
MIN: Miguel Sano gave the victory to his team with a home run of 2 in the 12th round
A Toro lead to remove Hays
Toro stands out in defense