Posted: Jun 21, 2014 7:05 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:05 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jake Buchanan ran into trouble almost immediately in his major league debut, and his biggest problem was Jake Odorizzi.
Tampa Bay's Odorizzi allowed one hit and struck out 10 while pitching into the eighth inning Saturday as the Rays beat Buchanan and the Houston Astros 8-0.
"It was a little nerve-wracking, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be," said Buchanan, who gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings after being called up Friday. "I just didn't have the command I normally do, walked some batters, fell behind, made some bad pitches, but it was pretty exciting to get out there."
Odorizzi (3-7) retired his first 10 batters before Jose Altuve's one-out infield single in the fourth that went off the pitcher's leg. The right-hander, who went 7 1/3 innings, won for just the second time in his last 14 starts.
"He dominated with the fastball and threw some other pitches for strikes and commanded it really well," Buchanan said. "I think if you can do that, you can have success, as long as you can throw it where you want to.
Only one runner reached second base against Odorizzi, who walked two. Brad Boxberger and Kirby Yates completed the one-hitter.
"I didn't even realize until we got deeper into the game that that was the only hit, but give their guy credit," Houston manager Bo Porter said.
Buchanan (0-1) gave up eight hits and three walks. He had his contract purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill in for Brad Peacock, who was scratched from his scheduled start after having food poisoning earlier in the week.
The Astros have not determined whether Buchanan will get another start.
"It's too early," Porter said. "We'll get through tomorrow and make sure Peacock is OK, and then we make a decision from there."
Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI double and James Loney hit a run-scoring single as the Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first. Buchanan avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending grounder from Yunel Escobar with the bases loaded.
Tampa Bay had a three-run fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Brandon Guyer drove in a run with single before Matt Joyce had an RBI double that ended Buchanan's day. Ryan Hanigan added a run-scoring double against Jerome Williams.
Loney had a two-run single in a three-run eighth that extended the Rays' lead to 8-0.
Altuve went 1 for 3 with a walk, and has 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats. It was the ninth time this season, and second in three days, that Houston was shut out.
NOTES: The teams wore retro 1970's uniforms on "Turn Back the Clock Day." Rays manager Joe Maddon remains a fan of the Astros' rainbow uniforms that they wore Saturday. "They nailed it," Maddon said. "I do dig the uniforms." ... Houston C Jason Castro was the DH one day after taking a foul ball off his knee. He is expected to get Sunday off. ... To make room on the roster for Buchanan, RHP Paul Clemens was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and RHP Jose Cisnero (sore right elbow) was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day DL. ... Houston RHP Anthony Bass (right intercostal strain) will start a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Single-A Quad Cities. ... Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-4) and Rays LHP Erik Bedard (3-5) are Sunday's scheduled starters.