HOUSTON—The Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park with a 3-2 walk-off victory in the 10th inning.
Dallas native, Clayton Kershaw was the man standing in the way of that feat, and he kept Houston at-bay for most of the afternoon. The Astros were able to scratch a run across the board in the sixth. Jose Altuve doubled into the right field corner. Carlos Gomez and Carlos Correa followed with singles, with Altuve scoring on the second to cut the lead to 2-1. Houston threatened for more, but Gomez was caught trying to steal home with two outs. The play was reviewed and confirmed and ended the inning.
Kershaw stymied the Astros over eight innings in the victory, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out 10 Houston batters in a no decision Sunday.
The Dodgers took advantage of three wild pitches to score two runs on the afternoon. In the first, Chase Utley reached on a double to left-center field and moved up on the first Lance McCullers wild pitch of the afternoon. Justin Turner hit the next pitch to Gomez in center field to score Utley on a close play at the plate. In the fifth, A.J. Ellis reached on a double and scored on back-to-back wild pitches from McCullers.
Down to the final out of the game, Marwin Gonzalez stepped-in with Correa at second and singled on a long fly-ball off the right field wall to tie the game. In the 10th, Jason Castro hit his second walk-off home run of the season into the Crawford Boxes to end the game. The Astros won in the final at-bat of the game in four out of the nine games on the home stand, including two by way of a walk-off home run. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game that he wished the homestand was longer.
“That’s obviously big emotionally to have the big hits and a lot of celebration,” Hinch said. “To have walk-offs like that, first off you have to be playing in close games, so you’re probably playing well in all facets of the game… (Marwin) Gonzalez had the biggest hit of the game before the walk-off.”
McCullers was effective over seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits, while striking out eight Dodgers hitters. Luke Gregerson gets the win on the mound as he shut down the Dodgers in the 10th inning.
The Astros have won 21 of their last 26 home games and are 24 games over .500 at Minute Maid Park. Houston will head to New York to take on the Yankees Monday night as Scott Feldman is set to pitch against Houston native Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi beat Houston at Minute Maid Park just after the All-Star Break pitching six innings and giving up two runs and striking out six. Feldman has not faced the Yankees this season.
WP: Luke Gregerson (7-2)
LP: Chris Hatcher (1-5)