Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Four hours and twenty-five minutes after first pitch, the Astros beat the Mariners 5-3 in 13 innings thanks to a 3-run walk-off home run by George Springer. “It’s big, to get down two and then to fight back to tie it and then obviously our staff threw the ball great again,” Springer said. The ball came close to dropping in the corner for an out rather than the Crawford Boxes for the win, “I’m happy it went over the line, we win, so I’ll take it.”
It was a tied at two after the 7th inning until things broke loose in the 13th. Astros reliever Jandel Gustave walked the bases loaded in the 13th, but Brad Peacock would come in and control the damage to give up just one run. “I don’t think I’ve ever came out of the bullpen with bases loaded, no outs before…I just had to keep telling myself to calm down and make pitches,” Peacock said.
Right-hander Chris Devenski shined in his season debut out of the bullpen. He struck out three in the eighth, two in the ninth and two more in the tenth. Robinson Cano fell victim to Devenski twice.
“Me and Gattis, we were on the same page tonight and I was trusting him. He was calling on the right pitches at the right time,” Devenski said.
Charlie Morton put together a solid season and Astros debut line of six innings, five hits, two runs, two walks and four strikeouts. He did not make many mistakes, but one was costly. A two-run homer to Jean Segura in the fifth inning.
“I’m trying to throw a strike, I’m not trying to throw something in the dirt…He just put a good swing on it,” Charlie said.
The offense posted ten hits on the night but left twelve men on base. Jose Altuve was part of the struggle going 0-for-6. He was the only player in the Astros lineup to not get a hit, in addition to Jake Marisnick who only had two at-bats and was substituted out of the game in the seventh.
Carlos Beltran got his first hit of the year in the eighth inning. His first hit in an Astros uniform since 2004. Beltran would also beat the shift in the tenth and get his second hit of the season, an infield single.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat