Astros hit 2 HRs in 5-2 win over Orioles

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BALTIMORE (AP) - It was one of those rare days when everything went right for the Houston Astros.

Houston took an early lead and added to it late. The starting pitching was solid. The bullpen was nearly perfect.

The result was a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday that enabled the young Astros to avert a three-game sweep.

“Overall, a good team win,” manager Bo Porter said.

Jason Castro and Marc Krauss homered to account for all of Houston’s offense, and Jarred Cosart (2-3) allowed two runs over six innings for the Astros, who had lost seven of eight before ending Baltimore’s five-game winning streak.

Castro hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman (3-2) in the first inning, and the Astros made the advantage stand up.

“When we can come out and score early, that’s really when we’re at our best,” Castro said. “It kind of gives some of the young staff a little bit of a breather from the beginning.”

It was 3-2 before Krauss connected against T.J. McFarland with a runner on in the seventh.

“Those are the runs we have not been able to get,” Porter said. “Those tack-on runs that give you an extra cushion, make it a three-run lead instead of a one-run lead. That was a huge home run.”

Houston is 11-11 when it hits a home run and 1-15 when it doesn’t.

Although the Astros‘ bullpen came in with a 6.21 ERA, Tony Sipp struck out five in two perfect innings and Chad Qualls worked a hitless ninth for his second save.

“I have confidence no matter who they put in behind me that they can get the job done,” Cosart said.

Jose Altuve had three hits for the Astros, who improved to 6-12 against the Orioles - including 2-10 at Camden Yards. Everything seemed to fall into place for the team with the worst record in the major leagues.

“We’ve played some good baseball the last two days,” third baseman Matt Dominguez said. “Pitched the ball well, got some timely hits. Hopefully that can give us a jumpstart.”

Adam Jones drove in both Baltimore runs, giving him 501 RBIs in 981 career games.

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