Dominguez breaks up no-hitter in sixth

Dominguez breaks up no-hitter in sixth
June 26, 2013, 12:15 am
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With a 9-0 lead going into the last of the sixth inning St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook must have known that the Cardinals had the game wrapped up.

And if the Cardinals right-hander was thinking of a no-hitter, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez quickly put a halt to that. Dominguez led off the sixth with a 398-foot blast to left field for his 11th home run of the season.

Dominguez’s homer on a 2-1 pitch was the first of four runs in the inning for the Astros, who had little to celebrate in losing 13-5 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

“I got into a hitter’s count and I knew he was either going to come with a fastball or sinker, and he got it up in the zone and I put a good swing on it,” said Dominguez.

With the homer Dominguez extended his club-leading RBI total to 43, third best in RBIs among American League third basemen.

For five innings Westbrook (4-2) was unhittable. That is until Dominguez came to the plate.

“He had a good two-seamer (fastball) right under our hands and had that split with two strikes that we were chasing a lot and swinging through,” said Dominguez. “He’s a good pitcher and throws strikes and that’s what he did tonight.”

Dominguez said the team was aware Westbrook had a no-hitter through five innings.

“I think everybody knew that we hadn’t had a hit yet,” said Dominguez. “He was pitching well. I was just trying to get a good count and get a good pitch and hit it hard somewhere.”