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Astros' Moran leaves baseball game with scary facial injury

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Washington (AFP)

Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran fouled a ball off his own face on Saturday and had to be carted off the field in the sixth inning of an 8-4 win over the Orioles in Baltimore.

On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moran fouled off a pitch by Darren O'Day and the ball went straight up and hit the third baseman near his left eye.

Moran dropped to the ground and trainers rushed out to apply towels to his face.

They tried to help Moran walk off, but his knees buckled briefly and they sat him down as a cart came to take him off the field to applause from the crowd.

He was taken to hospital, where the Astros said he was undergoing diagnostic tests.

Marwin Gonzalez took over the at-bat and hit a three-run homer.

That was part of a five-run sixth that gave Houston a 6-4 lead. They added two more runs in the ninth.

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