Jarred Cosart battled more than just the Rays during the Astros' 7-3 win on Saturday afternoon. He had a stomach bug.
"It started last night," Cosart said. "I think it's just something with the food. (Kyle) Farnsworth had it yesterday. Just whatever. Still, I wasn't going to come out of the game. I wanted to go out and try to get seven, give the bullpen a break."
And that's what happened. For the first time since May 5, Cosart pitched at least seven complete innings. And it came on a day where he had to throw up between innings during the second and third.
"I actually talked to (Brad) Peacock," Cosart said. "He threw the only complete game of his career when he was sick. I felt terrible in the third inning. I was like, I'm not going to make it, but you push yourself. It's the competitive side. I didn't want to come out of the game, didn't want to have to tax the bullpen. And I guess I wasn't dying, so I could pitch."
Cosart gave up nine hits. Tampa certainly put men on base, but the Clear Creek product limited the damage by only walking one. Only three Rays scored. On a day where the Astros put up seven runs, that was a better-than-adequate performance, especially considering the circumstances.
"They've been swinging the bats great, really, over the last month," Cosart said. "So we never feel like we're out of a game, whether we're behind, ahead, or what not. As a starting pitcher, we're just waiting for the bats to come through. And if they come through early (like they did on Saturday), it does make it a lot easier on us, just to go out there and attack the strike zone."