Arizona Diamondbacks (77-70, third in NL West) vs. Houston Astros (92-54, first in AL West)
Houston; Friday, 8:10 p.m. Eastern
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (5-2, 4.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 136 strikeouts) Astros: Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.59 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 138 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Arizona start a three-game series. The Astros head into the contest with a three and a half-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West. Houston has allowed just 2.7 runs per game in Keuchel's starts on the year. The Diamondbacks enter the contest after going 3-7 in their last 10 outings. The Arizona pitching staff averages 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings, led by Jake Diekman's 13.5. In their last meeting on May 6, Matt Koch earned the win in a 3-1 victory for the Diamondbacks.
TOP PERFORMERS: Paul Goldschmidt has 33 home runs and a team-leading 83 RBIs in 145 games for the Diamondbacks. A.J. Pollock has 10 hits and is batting .303 over his past 10 games for Arizona. Alex Bregman has 30 home runs and 100 RBIs this season for the Astros. Tyler White has 10 hits and is batting .286 over his past 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Diamondbacks: 3-7, .232 batting average, 5.94 ERA, outscored by 18 runs. Astros: 9-1, .252 batting average, 2.71 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.