Romo Can’t Close Door, Astros Rally In Ninth
Alex Bregman delivered a walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning sending the Houston Astros to their 12th straight win 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Collin McHugh (2-0, 1.13 ERA) picks up the win for Houston who improve to 49-25 on the year. Houston trailed the Rays 4-0 after three innings. They scored two in the fourth, one in the sixth, and two in the ninth.
Sergio Romo (1-2, 5.60 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 33-39 on the season. It was Tampa Bay’s 29th 1-run game and they drop to 10-19 in those games.
Stanek Efficient As Opener:
Ryne Stanek retired all five batters he faced needing just 11-pitches. This marks Stanek’s 10th appearance since making his first career “start” on May 26th. In the 10 appearances his ERA is just 1.29 ERA (2-ER/14-IP). It’s his seventh straight scoreless outing.
Jonny Venters took over for Stanek and retired Josh Reddick to end the second. He stayed in to retire the first two hitters in the third inning and departed after Tony Kemp beat out an infield single with 2-out in the second. He improves to 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA (2-ER/13.1-IP) as a reliever as opposed to 0-1 with a 135.00 ERA (5-ER/0.1-IP) in his one start.
Matt Andriese took over for Venters and retired George Springer to end the third. He departed with Jose Altuve at 3rd and 1-out. Jose Alvarado gave up a single to Yuli Gurriel that scored Altuve. Overall, Andriese worked 2.2-innings allowing three earned runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one.
Jose Alvarado allowed the inherited runner to score, retired a batter and allowed two hits. He departed with runners at 1st and 2nd and 2-out. Diego Castillo came in and got Evan Gattis to ground out to end the inning.
Castillo worked 1.1-innings of scoreless baseball. He retired all four batters he faced.
Chaz Roe entered the game in the eighth inning and worked out of a man at third and one out jam in the eighth to keep the Rays lead intact.
Sergio Romo entered the game in the ninth inning and walked Marwin Gonzalez to lead off the inning. Max Stassi followed with a single advancing Gonzalez to second. Tony Kemp’s sacrificed bunt moved Gonzalez and Stassi to second and third with 1-out. George Springer reached first on catchers interference to load the bases.
Wilson Ramos gave the Rays a 2-0 lead in the first inning belting his ninth homer of the year. It’s an encouraging sign for the Buffalo who had his first multi-hit game in June Sunday in New York. The homer was just his second homer in the month of June.
Wendle Comes Up Clutch:
The Rays rallied for two more runs in the third inning. With one-out Gerrit Cole walked Matt Duffy, who stole second, and went to third on Brian McCann‘s throwing error. Jake Bauers and Wilson Ramos each drew a walk to load the bases. Cole struck out C.J. Cron for the second out of the inning but couldn’t evade damage as Joey Wendle delivered a 2-RBI single to push the Rays lead to 4-0.
Astros Roar Back In Fourth:
With 1-out in the fourth Jose Altuve beat out a groundball to shortstop Willy Adames. Carlos Correa followed with a line drive double and Yuli Gurriel delivered a RBI single. Josh Reddick delivered a sacrifice fly scoring Correa and cutting the Rays lead to 4-2.
Houston Narrows Lead In Sixth:
Jose Altuve led off the sixth inning with a triple into the left field corner. He scored on a single by Yuli Gurriel which cut the Rays lead to a run at 4-3. Gurriel had a pair of hits with runners in scoring position. Remarkably, he’s now hitting .471 (25-for-53) with runners in scoring position. After Marwin Gonzalez singled with 2-out, Evan Gattis was called on to pinch hit. Kevin Cash responded by lifting the lefty Alvarado for Diego Castillo. Gattis grounded to third to end the inning.
Roe Gets Out Of Jam In Eighth:
Chaz Roe allowed a Jose Altuve leadoff single in the eighth. Altuve stole second with one out and advanced to third on Wilson Ramos’ throwing error. Roe retired Yuli Gurriel on a pop out to short and Tyler White on a ground out to short to end the threat.
Kiermaier Returning Sooner Than Expected:
Kevin Kiermaier‘s rehab assignment will be cut short and is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday night in Houston. Out of the lineup since April 16 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He’s missed 57 games with the injury and the Rays are 31-26 in his absence.