Rays beat Houston 3-2, end Astros’ 11-game road win streak
Wilmer Font helped cool down the surging Houston Astros before leaving with an injury.
Font and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Houston 3-2 on Friday night to snap the Astros’ 11-game road winning streak, which tied a franchise record.
Font (2-3) allowed one run and one hit over five-plus innings before leaving the game with a strained right lat.
We’ll know more (Saturday), but in all likelihood he’ll probably miss some significant time, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. He’s been throwing the ball so well for us and obviously did again tonight.
Adeiny Hechavarria was credited with a sacrifice fly that center fielder Jake Marisnick dropped for an error. Two more runs scored with two outs when shortstop Marwin Gonzalez made an errant throw to first on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder.
We didn’t make the plays, Hinch said. Jake looked like he got back to the wall and either he had a little bit of weird timing and then he’s going to hit the wall and the ball came out. Never controlled it. And Marwin just hurried trying to get Kiermaier and made a low throw and got a little unlucky that (first baseman AJ) Reed deflects it a little far away. Kind of a weird way to score three runs.
Bregman made it 3-2 in the sixth with his homer off Castillo, who replaced Font during the at-bat. Bregman has seven homers and 18 RBI in his last 14 games.
Astros: SS Carlos Correa was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness but could be back in a week. Hinch said Correa saw the team spine specialist and everything checked out fine. … RHP Joe Smith (right elbow soreness) allowed three hits in a scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) will start Tuesday for Single-A Charlotte. It hasn’t been determined if he will need a second rehab outing.
Astros RHP Justin Verlander (9-3) starts Saturday. Verlander allowed a season-high four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to Toronto on Monday. Tampa Bay will counter with a bullpen day.
The Golden State Warriors were the even-money favorite when the Westgate took down its odds Friday. The Boston Celtics were 4-1, followed by the Houston Rockets at 5-1, the Los Angeles Lakers at 13-2, Cleveland Cavaliers at 12-1 and Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1.
Other books are keeping their title odds up but keeping a close eye on the news. NBA free agency begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET.
James declined on Friday to pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports. CG Technology reacted to the news by moving the Cavs from 12-1 to 40-1, and the Wynn moved Cleveland back to 50-1 on Friday morning.
The books have been through this before, when James left Cleveland to join the Miami Heat in 2010 and returned to the Cavs in the summer of 2014. That summer, multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks took a flurry of bets on the Cavaliers at around 40-1 in the days before James announced he was returning to Cleveland.
A similar situation happened with Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016, before he announced that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Golden State. This year, books like the Westgate decided to be proactive and take the NBA title odds off the board until the major players are settled.
The Lakers, 76ers and Rockets are believed to be potential landing spots for James, who also could choose to return to Cleveland. Regardless of his decision, the Warriors will remain the favorites to win the title.