HOUSTON -- With left-handerDallas Keuchelpiling up the wins and the attention earlier this year and putting himself in All-Star consideration, right-handed teammateJarred Cosarthas come on strong lately and started to string some victories together as well.
In fact, Cosart has accounted for the Astros' only three wins in their past 12 games, including Thursday afternoon's 6-1 victory over the Braves at Minute Maid Park in which he won his fourth consecutive start by allowing one run and six hits in seven innings.
Cosart is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts, allowing 26 hits and, more importantly, only six walks in 28 innings pitched in that span. He's walked two batters or fewer in his last six starts after struggling with command to start the year.
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez cranked a three-run homer to left field off Braves starter Mike Minor (2-5) in the fifth inning to break his 0-for-23 drought and put his team ahead, 6-1, but the key was what happened earlier in that inning.
Jose Altuve (2-for-4) singled with one out and swiped second and third base while George Springerdrew a two-out walk, putting speed guys on the corners and perhaps buying Dominguez a fastball. Minor had Dominguez in an 0-2 hole and was one pitch from escaping the inning and keeping the Braves' deficit at 2-1 before Dominguez clubbed his 11th homer.