Everyone was riding high in Houston. Carlos Gomez was in uniform for the first time. The Astros had swept the Angels and help a two-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Even after the Diamondbacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second, the good time continued to roll for the Astros. Thursday's hero, Jason Castro, hit a second three-run home run in as many nights.
Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez singled to lead off the fifth inning. Castro took a 1-0 pitch and flipped the other way into the Crawford Boxes to put the Astros up 3-1.
Carlos Correa continued his march toward the American League Rookie of the Year award last night. Correa stroked a home run to left-center - Houston now lead 4-1.
Gomez much of the game trying to have a Troy Tulowitzki-like debut. Gomez went 0-for-5 and misplayed a ball in right-center, that could have been played by Colby Rasmus. Welington Castillo was rewarded with a double on the play -- putting two runners in scoring position.
Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas each grounded into a force place, forcing home a run each.
The Diamondbacks rallied to tie the game in the seventh. Tony Sipp retired the first two batters of the inning, then allowed back-to-back singles. Chad Qualls replaced Sipp. Qualls has a 1.50 ERA in six innings pitched since the All-Star break.
David Peralta took the first pitch to right field, scoring A.J. Pollock.
The only offensive opportunity the Astros had in regulation after their first four runs came in the ninth. Marwin Gonzalez, after not running out a ball and barely reaching first on a fielding error. Gonzalez was picked off shortly after.
Pat Neshek pitched in the 10th inning, Castillo and Lamb hit back-to-back home runs. The Astros went down in order in the tenth. Astros get back to action at 6:10 -- Dallas Keuchel vs. Jeremy Hellickson.