Tipping point: It took two pitches for Jeremy Affeldt to work out of runners-on-the-corners trouble and hold a 3-2 lead in the eighth. The Astros showed no patience with the reliever, and Brian Bixler popped up foul and Justin Maxwell flied out, both on the first pitch.

On the mound: Bud Norris said his control came and went in the first start after the break. He walked six in a game for the second time in his career but pitched around them fairly well after the first.

At the plate: Marwin Gonzalez, who broke Matt Cain's run of 34 consecutive Astros retired dating to 2011, went 2-for-4, continuing his hot hitting from a rehab assignment.