Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez suffered his worst – and shortest – start of the season on Wednesday night against the Astros.
Gonzalez lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing a season-high nine runs on nine hits, forced from the game after allowing five unearned runs in the fourth inning.
The Astros plated all five of their fourth-inning runs – including Jason Castro’s first career grand slam – after a two-out error by shortstop J.J. Hardy.
After recording eight straight quality starts, Gonzalez has been roughed up for 15 runs over his past two starts over 8 1/3 innings. He allowed a season-high six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-1 loss to Kansas City on Thursday.
Wednesday’s outing was his shortest major league start since lasting just 2 2/3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Tampa Bay on July 25, 2012, when he allowed seven earned runs.
This is the first time in Gonzalez’s brief major league career than he hasn’t made it out of the fifth inning in back-to-back starts.