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Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-7 victory over the visiting Houston Astros on Sunday.
The Astros took the lead in the top of the ninth with three runs. All scored on one play when Michael Brantley lined a two-run triple and scored on right fielder Anthony Santander’s throwing error. That gave the Astros a 7-5 lead, with Baltimore left-hander Richard Bleier (3-0) entering in place of Mychal Givens to get out of the inning.
The Orioles rallied against closer Roberto Osuna (3-3) for three runs in the bottom of the ninth. A Chris Davis sacrifice fly made it 7-6 before Ruiz crushed a two-run homer to deep right that gave Baltimore the walk-off win.
The Orioles stopped a five-game losing streak with the win and ended Houston’s seven-game winning streak.
Asher Wojciechowski started for Baltimore and threw six solid innings. He allowed an early three-run homer to Carlos Correa but not much else.
Houston starter Justin Verlander lasted just five innings and allowed four runs on a season-high nine hits. The veteran right-hander struck out 11 — the fifth straight game where he’s fanned at least 10.
The Orioles took their first lead of the series on a Jace Peterson RBI double in the first.
Correa’s homer in the second gave Houston a 3-1 lead. The Orioles then scored once in the second on a Trey Mancini single.
Baltimore took the lead with two in the fifth. Peterson struck again with an RBI triple to center. That tied the game, and the Orioles took a 4-3 lead when Hanser Alberto followed with a sacrifice fly.
Mancini got another RBI single in the sixth which gave Baltimore a two-run edge. Jose Altuve cut it to 5-4 on an RBI groundout for the Astros in the seventh.
—Field Level Media