Pearce, Greene have provided boost for Astros

Pearce, Greene have provided boost for Astros

HOUSTON -- The additions of infielders Steve Pearce and Tyler Greene have helped to legitimize the Astros' batting order, and it's finally paid dividends in terms of wins and losses. The Astros had won back-to-back games heading into Sunday.

Greene made only his second start on Sunday after being acquired in a trade with the Cardinals, but he went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer in his first start on Saturday, and scored a run as a pinch-runner on Friday.

"It's a great start, especially with a new team and new guys, and you want to fit in and feel like you can gain some trust that you can contribute to a win and move forward," Greene said. "[Saturday] was a great day for the team and a great day for myself."

Pearce, claimed off waivers two weeks ago, was hitting .382 with a .465 on-base percentage in his first 11 games with the Astros, including nine starts. He went 3-for-4 on Saturday to extend his career-best hitting streak to seven games.

"Their ability to run and take the extra base and their experience is great," Astros manager Brad Mills said.