HOUSTON (AP) - The Astros made the Diamondbacks scrap for every run. They could have used some grit themselves.
Houston outhit Arizona 11-6 but left 11 runners on base and lost 3-1 Friday night.
``Anytime you get 11 hits and only score one run, there's going to be some frustrations coming through,' Houston manager Brad Mills said. ``Three guys got base hits in the first, and we couldn't get anything across. That's tough when something like that happens. That definitely adds to the frustrations.'
In a perfect example of the night's struggles, Houston loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning with one out but failed to score any runs.
``That first inning was a tough one,' Astros shortstop Tyler Greene said. ``We hit some balls hard but couldn't get anything out of it. It would have been nice to jump on them early, but we couldn't make anything of it.'
Arizona starter Wade Miley (13-8) pitched six solid innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a seventh consecutive victory against the Astros.
Miley also hit a sacrifice bunt and Chris Young doubled in a run in the fifth for Arizona. Paul Goldschmidt added another RBI double in the eighth.
Houston has dropped four of five to fall to 6-28 since the All-Star break. The Astros are 39-81 overall for the worst record in the majors.
The Astros dropped to 4-13 when stranding 10 or more runners.
Despite the struggles at the plate, it was a promising performance for Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel (1-5) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, but remained winless since June 23 at Cleveland. He is 0-5 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight starts.
``It was nice to see Keuchel throw the ball the way he did,' Mills said. ``He had to work himself out of a few jams, but he made some big pitches to keep us in the game. It was nice to see him take us as far as he did.'
It was a major improvement from the first time he faced Arizona, when he allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings in a loss July 21.
``I told myself to be more aggressive,' Keuchel said. ``This was a big game for me because they put a whooping on me in Arizona. I thought I did a good job.'
Keuchel also collected his first major league hit off Miley, who he previously pitched alongside in the Cape Cod League.
``It was kind of weird to get my first hit off him,' Keuchel said. ``Lefties kind of stick together, and we had four lefties that summer.'
Miley allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked none in his first win since July 31 at Los Angeles. The left-hander was 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in his previous two starts.
``The guy's been having a good year, so he knows what he's doing out there,' Greene said.
Greene's one-out fly ball to center was deep enough for Marwin Gonzalez to score, cutting Arizona's lead in half. Jose Altuve and Ben Francisco had two hits apiece, and Greene hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth for Houston's only run.
Arizona relievers Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hernandez and J.J. Putz each worked a one-hit inning to close it out. Putz struck out Steve Pearce with a runner at second for his 15th straight save and 24th overall.
The Astros were held to two runs or fewer for the third time in four games and went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
NOTES: Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel was scratched with a sore neck. ... 3B Chris Johnson faced his former team for the first time since the Astros traded him on July 28 for minor leaguers Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss. Johnson went 0 for 3 with a walk. ... Former Astros knuckleballer Joe Niekro was enshrined into the Astros Walk of Fame outside Minute Maid Park. Niekro pitched for the Astros from 1975-1985. He died in 2006 at age 61.
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