Unusual move helps Astros beat Arizona 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 12:59 am •  Published: June 10, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — A lot of things are going right for the Houston Astros these days.

Take Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, for instance.

Even when a left-handed reliever went to the outfield for one batter then came back to pitch, everything worked out just fine.

With his bullpen worn down, Astros manager Bo Porter took Tony Sipp off the mound and sent him to right field while right-hander Jerome Williams faced Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt walked, then Sipp went back to pitching, striking out left-handed hitting Miguel Montero.

Porter had told Sipp to be ready for the switch.

"I didn't think it actually was going to happen," Sipp said. "He gave me a warning but I'm like 'All right, OK Bo.'"

Sipp hadn't played in the outfield since his days at Clemson.

"I think I had more focus in right field than I did on the mound," he said.

Sipp left for good and Kyle Farnsworth fanned Martin Prado to end the inning.

" It was a good play unless Goldy hit one to him," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "I have seen it done before. I think I saw Lou Piniella do it in the playoffs once before. It is certainly in the rules. He's going to manage his team the way he wants to manage it. It worked out for him."

Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings for the Astros.

Cosart (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits with two walks. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out eight, matching his career high set in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels. He retired the first 10 batters, five by strikeout.

The Astros scored their four runs in the first two innings off Josh Collmenter (4-3), who settled down to blank Houston over his final five innings.

Goldschmidt doubled in a run for the Diamondbacks, who had won five of six going into the game.

Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in nine opportunities and seventh straight since May 11.

The Astros have won four of five and 12 of their last 16.

"We've all won at some level. That's kind of what was the motto in spring training," Cosart said. "Whether it's college, high school, Little League, whatever, we all know what it's like to win, so why not get it going up here? And everyone's just feeding off each other."