HOUSTON Don't call what Brandon Lyon managed on Saturday night against the Rangers a comeback. He's been optimally healthy for weeks.
Lyon produced his ninth consecutive scoreless appearance at Minute Maid Park in the eighth inning, so in one sense what he delivered was par for the course. But the details of his latest outing provided a stark contrast to the progressive steps the Astros took with Lyon entering this season. If his scoreless string of seven appearances didn't capture the attention of Astros fans that lambasted Lyon throughout his struggles last season, the Houdini act of his eighth was impossible to ignore.
In what could be considered his most white-knuckle hold of this season, Lyon preserved a one-run lead by retiring three consecutive batters with Rangers on base representing the tying and go-ahead runs. That the Astros managed to hold on for a 6-5 victory against the best team in baseball was in no small part related to Lyon and his ice-watered veins.