The Astros offense stole the spotlight in the ninth inning by scoring five runs in a 6-1 victory on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.
Lorenzo Cain's one-out triple in the seventh ended McCuller's no-hit bid.
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Junis permitted seven runs on nine hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings before being replaced by Kevin McCarthy. He was done after 85 pitches. Kelvin Herrera closed it out for his 13th save. While McCullers has been better at home than on the road this season, he's still one of the better pitchers in baseball this season and has pitched shutouts in four of his last six games.
The N.L. West leaders got all their runs in the second inning after Jon Lester (3-4) struck out the first two batters. Hammel made a move to throw to first and the ball slipped out of his glove.
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The Astros purchased the contract of right-hander Francis Martes from Triple-A Fresno to fill Keuchel's roster spot. Ken Giles (0-1) took the loss.
Astros RHP Joe Musgrove threw a bullpen and could come off the disabled list Monday and start. "The way my body felt was very good, no aches, no pains, nothing", Musgrove said.
"I'm not sure what goes into these pinched nerves, or what the doctors' plan will be to get him better. I felt sharp. I felt like I picked up where I left off". Kennedy said he has been able to work on correcting his mechanics in his bullpen sessions between starts. Left fielder Josh Reddick was slow to make a play, and third-base coach Mike Jirschele waved Perez home. McCullers struck out eight.
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