In his last few starts, Houston’s Joe Musgrove felt like he had been the weak link on the team with the best record in the majors and he was determined to turn things around.
He was able to do that on Friday night by pitching seven strong innings in the Astros’ 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran homered to back his start. Marisnick went deep with one out in the third inning, and Beltran’s shot to the second deck in right field came with two outs in the sixth.
Musgrove (4-4) allowed four hits in seven innings before the bullpen closed it out to send the Orioles to their season-high fifth straight loss.
“He pitched with a little bit of edge to him tonight,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was all over the strike zone which is one thing; he usually is. But I thought the quality of his strikes was a step above where he’s been when he’s gotten in trouble. I thought the…
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