Home runs from Wellington Castillo and Jake Lamb off Astros’ reliever Pat Neshek put an exclamation point on a five-run comeback win for the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one of a three game set in Houston.
Arizona struck first against Scott Feldman in the second inning with a Yasmany Tomas single to score Castillo. The run would be the only run of the game until the fifth inning when Houston touched up Rubby De La Rosa for four runs on two home runs. Jason Castro hit his second three-run shot in as many days to give the Astros lead at 3-1 and Carlos Correa played add-on with a solo home run of his own to give Houston a 4-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks struck back quickly though as David Peralta reached on a lead-off single and Castillo hit a double into the right-center field gap that was overrun by new Houston acquisition Carlos Gomez. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Lamb grounded out to Correa to score Peralta, and Tomas grounded out to add two runs to the tally and cut the Houston lead to 4-3.
In the seventh, Arizona struck for one more run to tie the game when Peralta singled into right field, allowing Cliff Pennington to score. After Marwin Gonzalez was picked off of first base to end the ninth inning, Castillo deposited the first pitch of the inning into the Crawford Boxes to break the tie, and Lamb followed with a solo shot of his own into right field to give Arizona the final lead at 6-4. Brad Ziegler came on in the bottom of the tenth to finish off the Astros in order for the save.
Neither starting pitcher figured into the decision, but both starters struggled with rhythm at times as well as leaving pitches out over the plate. De La Rosa pitched six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out four and Feldman pitched 5.1 and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out three.
The loss for Houston snapped a seven-game home winning streak. The club has won 12 of their last 14 home games and is 36-18 overall at home. Friday also marked the 43rd multi-homer game for the club which ranks first in the majors (Toronto has 42). The Astros are 37-6 in games where they hit more than one homer as a team.
WP: Daniel Hudson (3-3)
LP: Pat Neshek (3-2)
SAVE: Brad Ziegler (18)