The Houston Astros struggles at the plate, wasting a strong outing from Lance McCullers and stellar defensive plays from George Springer and Carlos Gomez in a 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 11 innings.
Friday game at Minute Park started as a pitchers' duel between Lance McCullers and John Lamb. Both pitchers worked around jams in the first four innings of the game. McCullers prevent a triple from Adam Duvall triple in the second from turning to a run.
Marwin Gonzalez backed up a wide throw from Colby Rasmus to second base after Jay Bruce double. Bruce attempted to go to third on the throw but Gonzalez gunned him down at third.
The Astros had runners on first and third with two out in the fourth after Jose Altuve snuck in third on short flyball to left. Evan Gattis couldn't find a hole in the infield -- ending the inning with a ground out.
McCullers opened the fifth with a double play, but the Reds broke through for the first run of the game as Zack Cozart doubled off the right field wall to score Jose Peraza.
George Springer showed off his superhero powers in the outfield, running down a Duvall shot into the right field gap. Springer went full extension to catch the ball.
Carlos Gomez continued his positive trend at the plate with an RBI single in the sixth. Gomez ripped a single to left with the bases loaded -- plating Gonzalez.
Gattis grounded into a force out at home and Luis Valbuena popped out to end the offensive threat for the Astros in the sixth.
McCullers hit a wall in the seventh inning. Billy Hamilton and Ramon Cabrera singled with one out -- putting runners on the corners. Peraza grounded to shortstop but the only play at first -- allowing Hamilton to score.
Carlos Correa tied things back up on the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Gomez singled and stole second with two outs. Luis Valbuena couldn't bring him home and struck out to end the eighth.
Gomez showed off his cat-like reflexes to collect the final out of the ninth for the Reds. Peraza ripped a ball that looked like a clear double off Will Harris. Gomez chased the ball down and slowed down by jumping up on the bullpen fence.
Three strikeouts ruined another chance to win the game in the 10th for the Astros. Carlos Correa walked to open the frame. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez followed with strikeouts. Gattis walked to put Correa in scoring position but Valbuena ended the inning with a strikeout.
The Red thumped Pat Neshek in the 11th inning. Duvall singled and scored on a Suarez double. Ramon Cabrera squeeze bunted in Suarez. The Reds led 4-2.
Springer and Altuve reached with two outs. The game ended as Correa hit a jam shot to second base. The Astro left 14 runners on base in total.