Bullpen can't hold Astros lead over Royals

Bullpen can't hold Astros lead over Royals
May 22, 2013, 12:00 am
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Bo Porter discusses Bud Norris' situation

Bud Norris pitched too well not to get a win on Tuesday.

Norris didn’t get the win because the Astros faltered in the latter innings. The Astros lost to the Royals 7-3 at Minute Maid Park despite a career-high tying three-hit night by Jimmy Paredes, whose three-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Astros a 3-0 lead.

The Royals scored twice in the seventh, four times in the eighth, and once in the ninth off four Astros relievers.

Norris pitched six scoreless innings before leaving the game with back tightness. Houston’s bullpen wasn’t as effective.

Paredes, who reached base four times, hit his first homer of the season off Royals starter Wade Davis.

Bruce Chen earned the win. Paul Clemens took the loss.

The Astros won the series opener 6-5 on Monday.


STARTING PITCHING

Norris was superb, allowing no runs in six innings. Norris was taken out of the game warming up for the top of the seventh inning because of tightness in his back. It’s the second straight game Norris has been taken out with back issues while warming up to pitch an inning.

Norris allowed only five hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Davis wasn’t nearly as effective as Norris, lasting only five innings. Davis gave up eight hits and three runs with four walks and six strikeouts.

BULLPEN

Paul Clemens struck out Elliott Johnson to end the seventh with runners at second and third and the Astros holding a 3-2 lead. That was the bright spot in the bullpen.


AT THE PLATE

Jimmy Paredes is turning into a hitting machine. Paredes had three hits and reached base four times. On Monday he had two hits.

Alex Gordon had three singles for Kansas City and reached base four times.


IN THE FIELD

Norris started an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning. Norris threw a heater to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez at second base, who relayed the throw to first baseman Chris Carter.

Catcher Jason Castro threw out Gordon trying to steal second base in the fourth inning after opening the inning with a single off Norris.

Gonzalez showed his range and balance at shortstop in throwing out Billy Butler at first base to end the top of the sixth inning. Gonzalez went well to his left to field the ball, and fired a hard throw to Carter at first base.

Left fielder Gordon robbed Jose Altuve of a single in the first inning, diving to his right to make the grab.

 

UP NEXT

The three-game series concludes on Wednesday. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.63 ERA) vs. RHP James Shields (2-4, 2.45 ERA).