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Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros Game Preview, Scouting Report, and Starting Lineups: Austin Pruitt vs Dallas Keuchel

The Rays look to take the series advantage behind Austin Pruitt

MLB: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious last night, thanks to a blasts from Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria, the latter’s of which was part of the second cycle in franchise history.

Chris Archer pitched a fine game and the new and improved bullpen continued their dominance leading a 6-4 victory.

The victory improved the Rays to 55-53 on the season.

psst...Willy Adames isn’t in the Durham Bulls lineup, despite a team off day on Monday, let the speculation begin!

Starting Pitchers

Austin Pruitt will make his second start since taking over for the injured Jake Odorizzi. Pruitt started the game on Friday against the Yankees where he took the loss after yielding three homers over just five innings pitched. The end result was five runs on four hits, while he walked two and struck out seven.

Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for the Astros and when healthy this season, he has been among the league’s best pitchers. Prior to his almost two month long DL stint, Keuchel made 11 starts and he allowed two runs or less in 10 of those outings. However, in his first start back from the DL, he lasted just three innings and allowed three runs on six hits -- one homer — while he walked three and struck out three.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

Corey Dickerson - LF Derek Fisher - LF
Trevor Plouffe - 1B Jose Altuve - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Josh Reddick - RF
Logan Morrison - DH Yulieski Gurriel - 1B
Wilson Ramos - C Marwin Gonzalez - SS
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Carlos Beltran - DH
Brad Miller - 2B Brian McCann - C
Peter Bourjos - CF Alex Bregman - 3B
Mallex Smith - RF Jake Marisnick - CF
Austin Pruitt - RHP Dallas Keuchel - LHP