Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez surrendered three runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings Thursday night in Houston’s 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 32-year-old Rodriguez, who may have pitched his final game with Houston if he’s dealt prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, retired the final 13 St. Louis batters he faced while tossing 116 pitches (77 for strikes) to lower his ERA to 3.47.
He’s three strikeouts shy of surpassing former Astros pitcher Bob Knepper to become the all-time franchise leader among southpaws.
Also, Rodriguez’s seven stellar innings of work in Thursday’s four-game series finale moved him past current Astros TV commentator Jim Deshaies for third place on the club’s list of innings pitched among southpaws behind Knepper and Mike Hampton.
“Wandy was super,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “He did not let the hiccups of the unearned runs bother him. I think it was the last 13 in a row he shut down. Our relievers came in and I think we wound up with 19 retired in a row, which is pretty nice.
“He was being Wandy. The command of his offspeed stuff and breaking balls have really been his forte. He has been able to mix in that fastball. When you can throw more than one pitch for a strike and have command of it, that’s pretty good.”
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