Extra inning games two days in a row? At least the Astros were able to pull out the win on Saturday. George Springer picks up the key hit after another run of stranding runners on base. The Astros win 5-4 in 11 innings after Adam Duvall tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
It didn't take the Astros long to welcome Cody Reed to the major leagues in his debut. Marwin Gonzalez touched up Reed, the Reds No. 3 prospect per MLB.com, for a two-run home run in the first inning.
Jake Marisnick attempted to put the Astros up 3-0 in the second after a Danny Worth double. Marisnick blasted ball just short of the bullpen fence in right, but Billy Hamilton was able to chase it down as he crashed into the wall.
The Reds had traffic on the bases in each of the first four innings against Dallas Keuchel but couldn't get a run on the board until the 5th inning. Eugenio Suarez opened the top of the frame with a triple and Hamilton drove him home with a groundout.
Zack Cozart tied the game with a home run over the Crawford boxes in the sixth.
Evan Gattis answered back with his 10th home run of the season, driving in Worth who had doubled for the second time in the game. Houston led 4-2 after seven innings.
Luke Gregerson picked a clean eighth inning, but Ken Giles couldn't finish the job in the ninth.
Joey Votto singled to lead off the inning. Giles retired Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce on strikeouts -- both looks dismal against Giles. But Duvall went down and got a slider from Giles and tied the game with a home run just right of the Astros bullpen.
The Astros had runners on the corners in the ninth but couldn't get a runner home. Houston had two on the 10th with two outs -- no dice.
The breakthrough would come in the 11th. Singles from Jason Castro, Colby Rasmus, and Springer ended the game in the Astros favor, 5-4.