The Houston Astros put fans on the edges of their seats and jumping for joy throughout Sunday's 8-6 win. Time and time again it appeared the Astros had the game in the bag, only to have the Angels claw back. Carlos Correa didn't get a full day of rest as he blasted a three-run home in the 13th inning for the win.
Doug Fister kept the Astros in the game on Sunday -- he returned to his quality start form after having his six-game streak of quality start broken in his last start. Fister allowed just one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out six.
Kole Calhoun put the Angels up first with a home run in the bottom of the first -- the Angels hit a home run in the first inning of all three games against Los Angeles.
The Astros struggled to figure out former prospect Nick Tropeano -- Houston was able to only get two hits off of him in the first four innings. The Astros didn't help themselves by hitting into four double plays on the day.
Jake Marinsick put the Astros back on top in the fifth inning with his first home run of 2016 -- squeaking a ball just over the glove of left fielder Rafael Ortega. Houston led 2-1.
Tony Kemp and Jose Altuve generated a run to pad to the Astros' lead in the fifth -- Kemp singled, stole second and scored on an Altuve single.
The Angels got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Fister loaded the bases with Mike Trout at the plate. Marwin Gonzalez knocked out a sharp grounder from Trout but couldn't make a play at any base -- allowing Jett Bandy to score.
Fister worked out of the jam by inducing a groundball double play from Albert Pujols.
The Astros got the run back in the sixth inning after loading the bases against Tropeano with no outs. Gonzalez grounded into a double play that allowed Evan Gattis to score.
Houston led 4-2 after 5 1/2 innings.
An error, single and a fielder's choice led to run for the Angels in the bottom of the sixth. Los Angeles pulled ahead in the seventh inning with Ken Giles on the mound.
C.J. Cron opened the inning with a double and moved to third with one out on a wild pitch. Pujols singled, scoring Chron and allowing Trout to got to third -- Trout reached on a walked. Johnny Giavotella dropped a bunt down that scored Trout.
The Angels led 5-4 after the seventh. Gattis came through for Houston in the eighth, he smacked a double to leadoff the inning. Luis Valbuena followed a single scoring Gattis. Just like that after two batters, Houston tied the game back up.
The Angels were able to get runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth inning but Scott Feldman and Will Harris worked around the jams.
Houston had it's chance in the 10th with the bases loaded but Gonzalez lined sharply to the first baseman.
The game seemed to be over when Calhoun hit a triple against Pat Neshek with one out but the Astros intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. Giavotella struck, Ortega popped out, and the Astros lived on.
The table was set for Correa who was out of the lineup Sunday for rest. Correa pinch hit for Kemp and made the most of it with a high fly ball that landed just beyond the wall for a three-run home run.
The Angels got a run back after a Calhoun walk, a Pujols double and a wild pitch from Luke Gregerson. But that would be all the Angels could get. Gregerson picked up his 12th save and the Astros picked up their first series win against an AL West opponent.