Villar lifts Astros to 2-1 win over Orioles
May 30, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.
HOUSTON (AP) - Jonathan Villar broke an 0-for-26 slump with a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to seven games with a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.
It is the first time Houston, losers of 100-plus games the last three seasons, has won seven straight since 2010.
Brett Oberholtzer (2-6) allowed four hits and a run in seven innings for the win, and Chad Qualls got the last four outs for his fifth save.
The Astros had one hit before Matt Dominguez doubled to start the seventh. Alex Presley singled with one out but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Robbie Grossman followed with a double, which sailed just out of the reach of a leaping Steve Pearce in left field to tie it 1-all.
Villar's ground-rule double bounced into the bullpen in right-center field to put Houston on top and chase Miguel Gonzalez (3-4).
Adam Jones doubled to start the second inning and scored on a one-out single by J.J. Hardy to put Baltimore up 1-0. But the Orioles couldn't do much else against Oberholtzer as they tied a season high with their fourth straight loss.
Gonzalez kept Houston off-balance early and didn't allow a hit until Jose Altuve legged out an infield single on a grounder to shortstop with one out in the sixth.
Gonzalez yielded five hits and two runs in 62/3 innings.
The Astros wore the uniforms of the Houston Eagles, and the Orioles donned the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues for the game.
Houston rookie George Springer, who had hit seven homers in his previous seven games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to snap an 11-game hitting streak.
Oberholtzer had retired five straight before Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to start the fourth inning. But he still faced the minimum in the inning thanks to a double play.
He threw perfect frames in both the fifth and sixth and sat down the first two batters in the seventh before a single by Chris Davis. Hardy's fly out ended the inning and Oberholtzer's night.
Gonzalez retired the first eight batters before walking Villar with two outs in the third. But Altuve grounded out to end that inning. He plunked Jason Castro with two outs in the fourth before Pearce robbed Dominguez of a hit with a diving catch to end the inning.