Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – After the Houston Astros started off the season on the right foot with a three-game win streak. They were looking at the prospect of finishing the homestand with three-game losing streak at the hands of the Kansas City Royals.
Instead, the Astros fought back after trailing twice in the game to pull out the 5-4 win in the 12th inning to make their flight much happier as they now head out for the first road trip of the year.
“We needed a W today,” starting pitcher Lance McCullers said. “I think it’s nice to finish the homestand on a win and (we’re) 4-3 overall.”
Lance McCullers got the start for the Astros and tossed seven innings of three-run ball, while striking out 10 batters and allowing six hits. McCullers’ seven innings of work would also give the team their seventh straight quality start, but he’d leave the game on the wrong side of a 3-1 score.
Super utility man Marwin Gonzalez would get McCullers of the hook for a loss when he launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the seven to the tie the game.
It would remain tied until the ninth inning and with Chris Devenski on the mound he’d give up a solo homer to Brandon Moss to put the Royals up once again.
Jake Marisnick would come through in the clutch as he launched his own solo shot off Royals closer Kelvin Herrera in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game again.
“I honestly couldn’t see it,” Jake Marisnick said of his homer. “I hit it right into the lights and I didn’t know where it went really, I knew I hit it good but a little top-spin and got enough of it.”
Devenski would come back in for the 10th and he’d shut down the Royals the rest of the game finishing with four innings pitched, one run allowed and seven strikeouts.
With high drama and the threat of a 13th inning, Evan Gattis would end things for the Astros in the bottom the 12th.
With two outs, the bases loaded and a full count, Gattis drew a walk plating George Springer who singled earlier in the inning to cap off the 5-4 win and keep the Astros from being swept.
“Definitely not,” Evan Gattis said following game when asked if he ever had a walk-off walk before.
While Gattis might not have had much to say about his own at-bat he was quick to share how big Marisnick’s homer was just a few innings earlier and how important getting the win was.
“The Marisnick homer was huge I thought, it breathed live back into us,” Gattis said. “Just glad to come out of this one with a win and give us some momentum going into Seattle and try and win the series there.”
With a win and a winning homestand under their belts, the team will now head out on the road to try their luck against the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics.