Diamondbacks 3, Astros 4

Norm Hall

Josh Collmenter got out of the gate slowly, and by the time he recovered, the Houston offense had all the runs they'd need, as the visitors took the first of a two-game series at Chase Field.

Outside of those first six outs, Collmenter pitched pretty well, giving the team a quality start overall, by allowing three earned runs over seven innings. However, in the opening two frames, there was only one side who looked to be becalmed in the basement of their division - and it wasn't Houston. They managed five hits, a hit batter and reached on an error (above), jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Josh settled down. After he left the game, we saw the two pitchers added to the roster this afternoon, with Will Harris and J.J. Putz working scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth respectively, though each allowed two hits.

The Diamondbacks' offense took their time to hit their stride, the first 10 batters being retired in order. We got one  back in the fourth, Paul Goldschmidt doubling in Gerardo Parra, and then two more in the sixth, on hits by Parra and Miguel Montero. However, we couldn't tie things up, Chris Owings striking out to end it, with the tying run on second after Ender Inciarte doubled with two outs. The game will be remembered more for inventive use of former Arizona leftie Tony Sipp by the Astros in the eighth: he faced one batter, was replaced by a rightie and moved to the outfield for the next, then took the mound for another out. While this may have been forgettable overall, we'll always have that.

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