SAN FRANCISCO -- The Astros lead the majors in home runs, and on Wednesday even AT&T Park couldn’t hold their big bats.
Bay Area native Scott Feldman held down the Giants lineup and Houston got a pair of solo homers to right while winning 2-0 to split the short series.
There was little action in this one through the first six innings. The Giants scattered four hits during that time and Chris Heston allowed just three. He had a long inning in the fourth, but Ehire Adrianza saved a run with a diving catch at second base.
Two innings later, Heston walked leadoff hitter Preston Tucker. A close 3-2 pitch to Carlos Correa was called a strike and Tucker foolishly stopped running, thinking Correa had walked. He was thrown out and the inning was soon over.
Colby Rasmus finally put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, hitting a solo homer into the cove on a sinker that cut back over the middle of the plate. The Astros got another run in the eighth when Jed Lowrie knocked a George Kontos pitch into the arcade.
Starting pitching report: Heston shook off a tough road trip, allowing just one run on three hits and four walks in his 6 1/3 innings. He had given up eight runs over 8 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.
Bullpen report: Kontos had allowed just two homers in four seasons at AT&T Park before Lowrie went yard.
At the plate: Not much.
In the field: The Giants got two nice catches at the warning track in left field. Unfortunately, the one made by Nori Aoki seemed to shake him up a bit. Justin Maxwell entered for Aoki (lightheaded) in the fifth and robbed Jose Altuve of an extra-base hit.
[NEWS: Aoki pulled after four innings]
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,967 human beings, one of whom wore a jersey with “Heath” on the back. Heath Hembree, by the way, hasn't done much for the Red Sox since the Giants traded him for Jake Peavy.
Up next: Four with the Washington Nationals, a team that was the popular pick to win the World Series but wouldn’t even be in the postseason if it started today. The Nats turn to Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Joe Ross. Bruce Bochy will go with Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy and Madison Bumgarner.