• Dallas Keuchel was informed before Tuesday's game that the Astros will skip his turn in the rotation, which is why he was available for long relief during the loss to the Cardinals in the opener. Keuchel will pitch Monday in the first game of a four-game set with the Rays. Two off-days within four days allowed Porter to tinker with the rotation. Bud Norris will pitch Friday, followed by Jordan Lyles on Saturday and Lucas Harrell on Sunday.
• According to Elias, Tuesday was the first time in franchise history that an Astros pitching staff allowed as many as 13 runs in a game while tallying more strikeouts (14) than runs allowed.
• Reliever Jose Cisnero has gone 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA in his last 10 outings, allowing one earned run over 21 2/3 innings with 23 strikeouts.
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