EditorsNote: Clarifies game at Houston, adds day in lead; adds detail to Pressly’s pitching line; other minor edits
Yuli Gurriel continued his torrid hitting with a game-tying grand slam and George Springer delivered a walk-off hit in the 10th inning as the host Houston Astros claimed a wild 11-10 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Josh Reddick opened the 10th with a double off Angels right-hander Taylor Cole (0-1). One out later, Springer drove Reddick home with a single to right-center field on the first pitch. Before the pitch, there was an umpire review that determined Reddick returned to second safely on a pickoff attempt.
Gurriel extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his 14th home run of the season, drilling a 2-1 offering from Angels right-hander Cam Bedrosian 407 feet to left-center field in the sixth to tie the game at 8-8. Gurriel has homered in five consecutive games, recording six dingers during that stretch, and now has nine homers in his past 11 games. His grand slam was the eighth of the season for Houston, a club record.
The Astros, who trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, were forced to rally again in the eighth after Angels center fielder Mike Trout delivered his second home run of the game in the top of that frame. Trout cranked a 424-foot blast to straightaway center field off Astros reliever Will Harris after Harris issued a four-pitch walk to David Fletcher upon entering the game.
For Trout, it marked his 18th career multi-homer game and fourth this season. He set a club record with his 27th home run before the All-Star break in the sixth inning when he took Astros right-hander Collin McHugh 391 feet into the Houston bullpen in right-center for an 8-4 lead.
After Trout’s second homer staked the Angels to a 10-8 lead, Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez followed back-to-back leadoff singles from Michael Brantley and Gurriel with a two-run single that tied the game again. Houston loaded the bases with no outs but failed to scratch across the go-ahead run, the inning ending on a double play in when pinch runner Jake Marisnick was ruled out after his collision with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy. An umpire review reversed the previous safe call, determining that Marisnick initiated the contact that knocked Lucroy from the game and sent the catcher to a local hospital for a CT scan and evaluation for a possible concussion and nose fracture.
The Angels chased Astros starter Jose Urquidy with a five-run third inning punctuated by a two-run home run from Shohei Ohtani, his 14th on the season.
Ryan Pressly (2-1) earned the win for Houston with a scoreless 10th inning, surrendering one hit and striking out two.
—Field Level Media