"He got through five, and he's going to want to go longer as the season goes," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who lifted Fister for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. "But he hasn't pitched in a couple weeks and I wanted him to finish with the lead. We had the bullpen set up to use all of them."
Fister, who signed a one-year deal this past offseason, didn't allow a hit until Jonathan Villar's single in the third, and he carried a 6-1 lead into the fifth before giving up a pair of runs, including a homer by Scooter Gennett.
"We've had a couple of rough breaks the last couple of days and our guys rebounded back today, and that shows a lot," Fister said. "For me, I felt like I had some decent command, a couple of walks that really kind of irked me, but at the same time, I felt like I got out of situations when I needed to. Overall it wasn't a bad day. I've still got a lot of room to grow."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.