The Houston Astros appeared to be on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel on Tuesday with Los Angeles Angels. Hector Santago had the Astros number in 2015 with a 1-0 record with a 1.85 ERA in four starts (24 1/3). Santago's success continued in 2016 with one run allowed one three hits over 6 1/3 innings.
But the Astros and Carlos Correa broke through against Angels closer Huston Street in the ninth inning with a walk-off 3-2 win.
Collin McHugh did his job to keep the Astros in the game on the mound. McHugh posted back-to-back quality starts for the first time in 2016. McHugh held the Angels to two runs on five hits over seven innings.
McHugh's best moment of the game came in the first inning. He struggled to open the inning. Yunel Escobar singled, Kole Calhoun was hit by a pitch, and Mike Trout singled home a run.
The Angels had runners on the corners with a run scored and no outs. McHugh limited the damage to the single run with strikeouts of Daniel Nava and C.J. Cron. McHugh ended the inning with a soft comebacker from Jefry Marte.
Cron added the Angels' second run in the fourth inning with a home run.
Luis Valbuena and Jake Marinsick ran into two outs in the fourth inning preventing the Astros early offensive opportunity.
Carlos Correa chipped away at the Halos' lead in the fifth inning with his 11th home run of the inning.
The Astros wasted another chance in the seventh inning. Marwin Gonzalez doubled to start off the inning. But Jose Altuve, Correa, and Colby Rasmus couldn't drive in a run.
The table was set for Carlos Correa to walk off in the ninth inning after the bases were loaded with one out. George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez opened the inning with a pair of the walk.
Jose Altuve ripped a ball down the third base line with the two runners on board. Yunel Escobar snagged the sharp grounder, preventing a double down the line. But thankfully for the Astros, the ball trickled away from Escobar allowing Springer to slide in safely.
Correa ripped a 3-1 sinker into right field, allowing Springer and Gonzalez to score. The Astros are back at .500 with the win -- 36-36.