Posted: Jun 20, 2014 8:25 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2014 8:25 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jarred Cosart pitched eight shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay once again, and rookie George Springer's two-run homer helped the Houston Astros defeat the Rays 3-1 Friday night.
Cosart (7-5) gave up six hits in winning his third straight start. He walked one and struck out two, retiring 12 straight at one point.
Cosart topped the Rays last Saturday in Houston, the Astros' last victory before losing four in a row.
The pitching matchup against David Price (5-7) was a rematch of Cosart's major league debut at Tampa Bay last July 12 in which he took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and finished with eight shutout innings and a win.