Looking down and out all game, barely able to touch Rangers pitching all night, the Astros bats came from behind twice to win the game on a walk-off grand slam by Jose Altuve in the 10th inning.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Astros starter Lance McCullers and Rangers starter Kyle Gibson.
But the Rangers scored first on an RBI double by Joey Gallo in the fourth inning that scored Adolis Garcia, who hit a weak grounder to center ahead of Gallo.
The Rangers’ second run was unearned. It started with back-to-back walks with one out. Adolis Garcia then hit a grounder to shortstop Carlos Correa who flipped to second baseman Jose Altuve. However, Altuve failed to touch the bag with the ball, recording an error and loading the bases.
Blake Taylor replaced McCullers and promptly walked in the Rangers’ second run. The walk was to Joey Gallo, giving him both RBI for the Rangers during regulation.
The Astros managed their first run of the game in the sixth when Jose Altuve led off with a swinging bunt single, followed by a Michael Brantley single, and with one out, a hard single by Yordan Alvarez to load the bases. Yuli Gurriel’s subsequent sac fly accounted for the only run the Astros got against Rangers starter Kyle Gibson.
It seemed the Astros would go down quietly in defeat when with two outs in the ninth and two strikes, Carlos Correa tied the game with a homer to right field off Josh Sborz.
In the top of the tenth inning Astros closer Ryan Pressly struck out the first two batters but Nate Lowe hit a line drive off the glove of Alex Bregman to score the Rangers’ third run.
But in the bottom of the 10th Rangers reliever Demarcus Evans walked Myles Straw and pinch hitter Jason Castro to load the bases with no outs.
Leading to Jose Altuve’s walk-off grand slam to give the Astros their third extra-inning win against four losses.
Bottom of the 10th. Bases loaded. Down by one.— Houston Astros (@astros) June 16, 2021
WALK-OFF. GRAND SLAM. JOSE ALTUVE. pic.twitter.com/OucAwt42cV
He must be wearing that buzzer again.
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