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Qualls nailed down his eighth save of the season Monday, permitting a hit while striking out a batter in a scoreless ninth to preserve the Astros' 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Qualls was effectively named the closer by manager Bo Porter on Friday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Qualls earned the win in relief Wednesday, retiring the final two batters in the ninth inning of a tie game before the Astros walked off against the Rangers in the bottom of the frame.
Qualls' chances of picking up more saves for the Astros increased Wednesday when Anthony Bass (ribs) was placed on the disabled list.
Qualls (illness) pitched a scoreless ninth Sunday against Baltimore to pick up his second save of the season.
Manager Bo Porter indicated Qualls (illness) was feeling better Sunday but wouldn't say whether or not the right-hander would be available in relief, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Qualls was unavailable Saturday due to a sinus issue, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Qualls and Anthony Bass will share the closing duties for the Astros for the time being, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Qualls blew a save Saturday against the Athletics, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. He struck out one.
Qualls earned the save Sunday against the Angels after recording the final two outs in the ninth inning.
Qualls was asked to come in to protect a five-run lead in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Yankees, and he gave up one run on three hits with no strikeouts.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday that he will enter the season with a closer by committee, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Qualls gave up a solo home run to Ian Kinsler among two hits allowed during an inning of work Saturday against the Tigers.
Qualls is in a "wide-open" battle for the Astros' closer job with the likes of Jesse Crain, Josh Fields and Matt Albers, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chroncile reports.