Baltimore Orioles (26-26) at Houston Astros (23-32), 8:10 p.m. (ET)

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Another day, another chance to take in the George Springer Show.

The Houston Astros can reach seven straight wins for the first time in four years on Friday night when their rookie slugger leads them into the second test of a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park.

Springer has managed at least a base hit in 11 straight games and is hitting .390 with 17 runs batted in during that stretch. He's homered seven times in his last seven games and has 10 home runs for the month of May -- which is an Astros franchise record.

Houston hasn't won seven straight since July/August, 2010.

"What a guy," manager Bo Porter said. "It's been pretty impressive. It's fun to watch. It's almost must-see TV. He's an exciting player. At any moment, he can change the game with one swing. It doesn't matter if he's 0-for-3 or 3- for-3, he has the ability to impact the game every time he steps into the batter's box."

Springer bats second in the Astros lineup, a slot behind leadoff man Jose Altuve, who's on a tear of his own -- hitting .404 in 21 games and on an eight-game hitting streak.

"He's always on base, and with him on base, I understand that he's a threat," Springer said. "With him on base, if they miss, I have to hit it."

Taking the mound amid the offensive fireworks is left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, who earned his first win of the season in his last outing.

He struck out eight and allowed three runs in six innings while defeating Seattle, 9-4, on Sunday. The triumph ended a 10-decision losing streak over 11 starts that included a demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He threw seven innings of scoreless, three-hit ball in his only previous meeting with the Orioles, defeating them, 11-0, in July.

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was Baltimore's beaten starter in that game -- after allowing nine runs in 3 2/3 innings -- and will take the mound again in a 10-months-later rematch.

He last faced the Astros on May 10 and got a no-decision in a 10-inning game the Orioles won, 5-4.

Gonzalez won his last two starts, including a 4-2 defeat of Seattle on Sunday in which he allowed two runs in six innings.

Baltimore has lost 12 of its last 13 games.

"It's not always going to click together," manager Buck Showalter said. "I have a lot of confidence that our best baseball is ahead of us."

On Thursday, Springer's home run led the Astros to a 3-1 victory in the opener.

Josh Fields (1-3) worked two scoreless innings in relief of Brad Peacock, who allowed the lone run on six hits while fanning eight over six innings. Chad Qualls needed just eight pitches to post his fourth save of the season.

Altuve went 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases and a run scored for Houston, which holds the longest winning streak in baseball after Toronto's nine-game streak ended Thursday.

Preston Guilmet (0-1) took the loss after serving up Springer's two-run homer.

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