"We need to settle down and get good pitches to hit, and I think we're doing a good job," outfielder Jake Marisnick said. "They're just not falling right now. I think we're going to be all right."
Other than the consecutive doubles by Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez and Gonzalez to start the second, the only other runs the Astros managed came on back-to-back solo homers by Jose Altuve and Springer in the seventh and an Altuve groundout in the ninth.
"We've got to find a way to score without the homer," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We put up some at-bats with guys in scoring position and didn't account for enough. Obviously, we punched a few times tonight and didn't hit deep in the count very well.
"This team, we're going to score. We have a potent lineup. This is the first game we faced a lefty, so getting Marwin some right-handed at-bats, getting our predominantly right-handed lineup in there was good for these guys. We face another lefty tomorrow [Cole Hamels]. But we'll get it going."
Still, Hinch knows it's a results-oriented business. and he said the worst thing the players can do is carry one night of frustration into the next.
"We've got to find a way to erase some of this stuff from our memory bank. because it doesn't do us any good to carry it into tomorrow's game," he said.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.