Mired in a 1-for-24 slump and already 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, Carlos Correa stepped into the batter’s box Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park with the bases loaded and nobody out with the game tied in the bottom of the 13th inning. On the third pitch of the at bat, he smoked a Dylan Bundy fastball up the middle scoring Tony Kemp from third in the Astros 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Kemp started the 13th with a triple of the head of Adam Jones, who was playing the 5-7 Kemp shallow. Orioles manager Buck Showalter proceeded to walk George Springer and Jose Altuve intentionally to setup Correa’s at bat.
The win snaps the Astros 4-game losing skid and capped a historic night for the bullpen. In 7.1 innings, six Houston relievers combined to keep Baltimore off the scoreboard, while striking out 16, tying the 1962 Colts for the most strikeouts by the bullpen in a single game.
Michael Feliz struck out the side in the 13th and picked up his second win of the season.
Pedro Alvarez broke a scoreless tie when he led off the fifth inning with his 3rd home run of the season, but the Astros responded in their half of the frame. With a man on and two out, Luis Valbuena slugged his third home run to give them the lead only to see Manny Machado start the sixth with his 13th home run.
Doug Fister started for Houston and he saw Adam Jones reach on an error after Machado’s homer, but retired the next two and was lifted in favor of Tony Sipp. He struck out Matt Wieters to end the threat, and set the Orioles down in order in the seventh.
Chris Tillman took the hill for Baltimore in search of his seventh win. He left the game after tossing a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Each team had scoring opportunities in the eighth inning. Ken Giles worked around a 2-out single in the top half of the inning while Zach O’Day left the go-ahead run at third in the bottom of it
Luke Gregerson left the bases loaded in the ninth, but the Astros left the winning run in scoring position in the 10th, and while they did nothing at the plate in the 11th and 12th, Scott Feldman worked out of trouble in both innings.
Both teams managed just eight hits, Springer, hitting in front of Jose Altuve for the first time all season, had three of them to go with a pair of walks. Valbuena added a pair.