While everyone was watching Brian Cushing make Philip Rivers look like a fool, the Astros were completing a comeback. Four runs in the ninth to be exact to take the first game of the series against Seattle.
It was all started by another frustrating yet encouraging outing from Jarred Cosart. Before the game, Bo Porter said that Cosart would not go past five innings unless a no-hitter or shutout was going and his righty made that decision pretty easy for him.
Cosart walked six batters in five innings while only striking out three and throwing 91 pitches. That's the bad news and also would lead you to believe he had a bad night, but otherwise Cosart allowed only two hits and one unearned run. The run came when Jonathan Villar threw the ball away while trying to complete a double play.
Meanwhile, the other highly touted pitching prospect in this game, Taijuan Walker, did not have as much success as he did his first time facing Houston. In Walker's first career start a couple weeks ago, he fired five scoreless innings. He also went five this time and struck out eight, but a Jimmy Paredes sac fly and a Trevor Crowe RBI double staked Houston to a 2-1 lead when Walker exited.
The Astros held their lead into the seventh, but former (?) closer Chia-Jen Lo surrendered a first career home run to Abraham Almonte. The bomb was a two-run job that gave Seattle a 3-2 lead that they would hold until the ninth.
We've seen Paredes blow games for the Astros, but how about him being a hero on Monday night? Following a couple of walks, the left-handed Parades slapped a base hit through the right side to score pinch-runner Jake Elmore, tying the game at three.
Villar then followed with a two-run single of his own to grab the lead for Houston before things just got weird. Jose Altuve stayed hot on Monday, going 3-for-5 and added a single to keep the ninth inning going for Houston. Three-hitter Trevor Crowe popped out behind first base, and Villar took off from third. Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak threw home, except he hit Crowe. Villar scored to make it 6-3, Astros.
Josh Fields decided to make things slightly interesting by allowing Brad Miller to go deep in the bottom half of the ninth, but then cleaned it up to grab his fourth save of the season.
Jordan Lyles will go for Houston on Tuesday.
You can now go back to watching the Texans finish off the Chargers.