On a night when ace Zack Greinke allowed four runs in only four innings, and the offense appeared listless, the Astros made a miracle comeback in the eighth inning to steal the win 7-5.
The Astros opened the scoring in the second when Kyle Tucker got a rare walk and then stole second base. With two outs Chas McCormick singled home Tucker and took second on the throw home. McCormick then scored on a Myles Straw single up the middle.
The Mariners answered in the third with a solo home run to Luis Torrens leading off.
But the Mariners did their big damage in the fourth after starter Zack Greinke got the first two batters out. Seemingly having lost his concentration, Greinke walked the next two batters. Torrens (him again) hit a two-run double down the left field line, and scored on a J.P. Crawford double.
Brandon Bielak replaced Greinke in the fifth and with two outs allowed a solo homer to Kyle Lewis.
The Astros took back one run in the sixth when Carlos Correa singled home Yuli Gurriel, who doubled in front of Correa.
In the eighth inning the Astros made their four runs comeback. It all started when, with one out, Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel hit back to back singles. Carlos Correa then hit a sure double play ball to first base, but instead, a throwing error to second resulted in a run by Tucker.
Pinch hitting for Chas McCormick, Aledmys Diaz tied the score with a single to left that scored Gurriel.
A walk to Myles Straw loaded the bases and chased relief pitcher Rafael Montero, bringing on former SFA star Will Vest. West walked pinch-hitter Jason Castro, giving the Astros a 6-5 lead.
On a 3-2 count, Jose Altuve sacrificed Diaz home for the Astros’ seventh and final run.
Following Bielak’s three innings of one run ball, the Astros bullpen held the Mariners scoreless. Joe Smith had a scoreless inning, allowing one hit but inducing two strikeouts, clearly his best performance of the year.
Ryne Stanek closed the game with a perfect ninth to earn the save.
Tomorrow is an early game, 1:10 CDT. Luis Garcia starts for the Astros.
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