#1 Nets coach Lionel Hollins von jin shuiqian 25.02.2019 04:51

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros had solid pitching but couldnt get their offence going in the first two games against Atlanta. Adidas NMD Baratas . On Thursday, they finally put together a complete game and won 6-1 to avoid a series sweep. Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run home run and rookie George Springer also homered to back up seven strong innings by Jarred Cosart. Dominguez snapped an 0-for-23 skid with his two-out shot to left-centre field off Mike Minor (2-5) that made it 5-1 in the fifth inning. "Thats the big hit that when we were in this here funk that we were in, that was the big hit that had been eluding us," manager Bo Porter said. Dominguez said there was a mixture of relief and excitement when he connected on his home run. "I try not to focus on it but of course it gets in your head," Dominguez said. "Good situation. Got a good pitch to hit and I was finally able to put the barrel on it." Cosart (8-5) allowed six hits and a run for his fourth straight victory. Porter believes that Cosarts presence on the mound has improved with each start this season and the 24-year-old agreed. "When Im throwing strikes I have a lot more confidence and obviously thats what theyve been preaching," Cosart said. "And with the mechanical stuff Ive been doing I have a lot more confidence in throwing strikes and just being able to trust my stuff and attack the hitters and know Ive got a really good defence behind me thats going to make a lot of plays for me." Springers solo homer off Juan Jaime in the seventh pushed the lead to 6-1. He has 15 homers this season, the most by a rookie in franchise history before the All-Star Break. Lance Berkman had the previous mark with 12 in 2000. Minor gave up seven hits and five runs in six innings to remain winless since May 19. Jon Singleton had two hits and an RBI and Jose Altuve added a pair of hits and swiped two bases for the Astros, who had managed just four runs combined and had been shut out twice in a four-game losing streak. Altuve leads the American League with 107 hits and 30 steals. Justin Upton had two hits on Thursday and hit .364 with two homers and four RBIs in the series and B.J. Upton had a hit and scored Atlantas only run. "Things just didnt go our way," Justin Upton said. "For the most part we tried to play a little small ball with our run-scoring struggles and weve done a pretty good job of it. (Thursday) it didnt work out for us and we didnt get the big ball, either." The Braves had trouble stringing together hits against Cosart and he was helped by the Astros turning a pair of double plays. Evan Gattis doubled to start the seventh before Jason Heyward drew a walk, but Cosart retired the next three batters to end the threat. B.J. Upton hit a leadoff single before stealing second and taking third on an error on the throw by Jason Castro. The Braves went up 1-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Tony La Stella. Altuve singled and a double by Singleton, which bounced off the wall in left field, sent him home to tie it at 1-1 in the first. Minor plunked Dominguez to start Houstons fourth before a double by Castro. The Astros took a 2-1 lead when Castro scored on a groundout by Jesus Guzman. NOTES: The Astros opened their gates 30 minutes early Thursday to allow fans to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Germany on the stadiums big screens. ... Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday nights game in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch on the right elbow. ... Houston selected the contract of RHP Jose Veras from Triple-A Oklahoma City and outrighted RHP Kyle Farnsworth before the game and he has elected free agency. Veras struck out Justin Upton for the last out of the game. Zapatillas NMD Baratas . Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Kings stretched their streak to seven wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Adidas NMD Originales Baratas . -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he isnt going to change what he does on the field. http://www.adidasnmdbaratas.es/ .com) - The collective hearts of Chicago Bulls fans sank on Friday night when Derrick Rose went down with a leg injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers.There has to be an immense level of comfort in a first-place team losing eight of 11 and its division lead dwindling by only one half of a game. That was the case for the Toronto Raptors earlier this month while the Brooklyn Nets missed their chance to make things interesting in the Atlantic Division. As the Nets continue their slide, the Raptors visit Barclays Center tonight seeking a fifth straight win to further pad their sizable advantage in the standings. You can watch the game live on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN GO at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt, or listen live on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. The Raptors (31-15) entered their poor stretch with a 9 1/2-game lead over second-place Brooklyn (18-27) on Dec. 29. After a Jan. 21 loss at Memphis completed the 3-8 slump, their lead had been trimmed to nine with the Nets going 4-8 in that span. Brooklyn, which will remain without Deron Williams against Toronto, has since lost three straight and seen the deficit balloon to 12 1/2. A return to offensive normalcy has spearheaded Torontos recovery. The Eastern Conferences top scoring team (106.0 points per game) had been limited to 98.7 on the slide, but has averaged 107.0 since. Wednesdays 119-102 home win over Sacramento marked the Raptors best total in a victory since winning 123-104 at Utah on Dec. 3. Against the Kings, 65 of those points came in the second half. We played like a winning team in the second half, a team thats on a mission, coach Dwane Casey said. Their 17 3-pointers were their most since making a franchise-record 21 on March 13, 2005, and their 50.0 percent effort turned the page on a seven-game stretch in which they shot 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Guard Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, while reserve guard Lou Williams sccored a game-high 27. Adidas NMD Rebajas. We want to continue this winning streak and then continue to get better, Vasquez said. A loss to the Nets, who have dropped six straight at home to match their longest skid in Brooklyn, would curb any progress. The franchise hasnt lost seven straight at home since Feb. 3-22, 2012. The Nets 2-11 overall stretch has included just 90.7 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent, including 26.7 from 3-point range. Wednesdays 113-102 loss in Atlanta completed a 1-3 road trip that wasnt quite as embarrassing as the previous two games. Altogether on the losing streak, theyve been at a 114.7-86.3 scoring disadvantage while allowing the Los Angeles Clippers, Jazz and Hawks to shoot 52.9 percent. With Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack revived, Nets coach Lionel Hollins viewed the loss to the top team in the East as more of a positive for his teams direction. Johnson, who was held to 15 points over the previous two games while playing under 29 minutes in each due to knee tendinitis, had a team-high 26 points, and Jack had 14 points and a career-high 13 assists against one turnover. The snowstorm, and the (postponement of Mondays home game against Portland), we got three days off, Hollins told the teams official website. We got some pep in our step. Joes tendinitis was able to cool down a little bit. Jarrett was able to sit for a couple of days so we came out with a lot more pep. Williams (rib) has returned to practice but will miss his 11th straight game, according to the teams official Twitter feed. The Raptors opened the season series with a 105-89 home win Dec. 17 for their third win in four games against the Nets. Torontos Kyle Lowry had 20 points and is averaging 24.0 while shooting 53.2 percent in the last three meetings. ' ' '

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