Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Tuesday night had a strange beginning thanks to the Rangers scratching pitcher Cole Hamels from his start during warm-ups only a few minutes from first pitch due to oblique tightness. However, the finish to the game was romantic as the Astros overcame a 5-run deficit to win by a final of 8-7. It is the third comeback win of the season when trailing by five runs.
“It was a really weird game at the beginning when they lose their starter during warm-ups… And they jumped out with a couple solo homers, and they say ‘solo homers never beat you’ and we tested that one a little bit today,” Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Rangers hit five home runs on the night, four of them off starter Mike Fiers. He would have to fight to get through six complete innings of work. Despite a tough stat line with 7 hits and 5 earned runs, Fiers struck out 9 hitters.
“I felt like I was throwing the ball well, it was just the location kind of got them to hit those home runs. There was one cheap one, but they battled,” Mike said.
The offense really picked up their starter, namely Marwin Gonzalez. He had a 2 home run, 5 RBI night, including a grand slam in the 8th inning to give the Astros the lead. It was Gonzalez’s first career grand slam and first career multi-homer game.
“It was an unbelievable moment to be able to come back in a game like,” Marwin said.
Carlos Beltran also had a big night at the plate. He had 3 hits including a double that sparked the 8th inning comeback, and tied him for 35th all time with Dave Winfield for most doubles in Major League history (540). That double also tied Beltran with Pete Rose for third all-time in extra-base hits by a switch hitter (1,041).
“What can I say, when your name is close to Pete Rose in something positive you know you’re doing a good thing. I’m happy about that. I’m happy being able to join a group that not too many players get to get there, so I’m very thankful for that,” Beltran said.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat