After blowing multiple leads over two games that resulted in being swept by the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Dodgers began a three-game series Friday night in Houston against an Astros team that entered play 42-21 at Minute Maid Park this season.
Mike Fiers worked through the longtime Philadelphia Phillies tandem of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley before walking Justin Turner with two outs. Adrian Gonzalez couldn’t capitalize however, as he flied out on the first pitch he saw.
Brett Anderson immediately found himself in a bit of trouble as Jose Altuve and Carlos Gomez hit back-to-back singles to put two on with no outs in the bottom of the first. The Dodger left-hander caught a break by getting rookie sensation Carlos Correa to ground into a 4-3 double play. Jed Lowrie swung at Anderson’s first offering and tapped back to the mound to end the inning.
Andre Ethier worked a full count before drawing a leadoff walk on the 10th pitch of his plate appearance in the second inning. After Fiers struck out Yasmani Grandal looking, Ethier was erased from the bases as Crawford grounded into a force out. Kiké Hernandez then stranded Crawford as he fouled out.
Evan Gattis put a charge into one that ended up being nothing more than a loud out to the warning track in left-center field. Chris Carter kept the inning alive with a two-out base hit into left field and it cost Anderson as Jake Marisnick followed with a two-run home run. Jason Castro lined a double down the left field line before Anderson worked his way out of the inning with the Dodgers trailing 2-0.
Fiers walked his third batter of the game in the third, and again put the leadoff man on base by walking Joc Pederson. It was followed by a Rollins pop out, Utley grounding into a force out and Turner hitting a soft liner to Altuve. Anderson had his easiest inning to that point in the third as he retired the Astros in order.
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