Astros looking forward to homestand

Astros looking forward to homestand

Astros looking forward to homestand
PHOENIX -- It's been a long 10-game road trip, but the Astros will finally return to Houston for seven games against the Reds and Pirates starting Monday.

Sunday's series finale against the D-backs also concluded a stretch of 17 of 20 games on the road.

"It seems like it has been a while," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "We love being home and there's no doubt we are definitely looking forward to being there."

Heading into Sunday, the Astros had lost five in a row and eight of the first nine games on the trip. They had also lost 18 of their last 20 games.

"We wish would have got off to a better start," Mills said. "Those games close games we lost in San Francisco and in San Diego were really tough games. Those are pitching performances we want to take advantage of. I think they can learn from all experiences. But I'd prefer they learn from winning experiences."