Jankowski sent to Minors on day he records win

Right-hander gave up four earned runs over 2 1/3 innings vs. Twins

Jankowski sent to Minors on day he records win

MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros rookie right-hander Jordan Jankowski's first Major League win earned him a ticket back to Triple-A Fresno.

Jankowski, who made his Major League debut Wednesday before being sent down for about 24 hours prior to Charlie Morton going on the disabled list Sunday, allowed four runs and five hits, including two home runs, in 2 1/3 innings of relief in Monday's 16-8 win over the Twins.

"It's definitely crazy," Jankowski said. "It's definitely a cool experience, and I'm just glad we won."

The Astros were trailing, 8-2, when Jankowski threw his last pitch in the seventh, but he became the pitcher of record when Houston erupted for 11 runs in the eighth. Because he threw so many pitches (46) and would have been out of action for a couple of days, the Astros optioned him to Triple-A and will call up a fresh arm in time for Tuesday's game.

"It was awesome to watch those guys battle and put up those kinds of innings," Jankowski said. "It was kind of a special thing that never really happens, so it was cool to be a part of that."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.