Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. allowed four earned runs at home on Monday night against the Seattle Mariners, allowing more than three earned runs at Minute Maid Park for the first time in his career. Previously, he had reeled off 27 consecutive starts with three or less earned runs to begin his career, the longest such streak since 1893.
McCullers lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and walking three batters, while striking out five Mariners. He saw his ERA rise to 3.28 on the season, having entered the night with a 7-2 record over his first 16 starts.
In his first start since the All-Star break, McCullers failed to go at least six innings for the fourth straight start. He is coming off a five-earned-run outing back on July 6, tying his season-high.
To say he was dominant in the month of May would be an understatement. He went 4-0 with an 0.99 ERA in six starts, which helped propel him to his first All-Star Game.
Each of his first two seasons in the big leagues saw him finish the year with a 3.22 ERA. His home/road splits have been pronounced since his call-up, entering play on Monday with a 13-4 career mark at home with a 2.18 ERA, having gone just 6-10 with a 4.41 ERA on the road.
With ace Dallas Keuchel on the disabled list, McCullers has become the de facto ace of the Houston staff, leading the group with 111 strikeouts, a category the team leads the American League in.