It wasn’t the farthest hole the Houston Astros had to climb out of, but Wednesday afternoon they flipped a 2-1 deceit into a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Joe Musgrove would give the Astros six innings of two-run baseball, but in the fifth after two solo home runs, he found himself on the hook for the loss in a 2-1 game.
Jaime Garcia, a lefty, who started for the Braves, limited the Astros to just two hits and a run through four innings of work, but the offense wouldn’t be held down much longer.
In the bottom of the fifth, with two outs, the Astros started stringing hits together.
Carlos Beltran singled through a hole between second and first, Jose Altuve followed with a five-pitch walk and Carlos Correa would plate both of them with a double to left field.
“He hung his slider in the middle of the plate and I was to drive it,” Carlos Correa said of his hit that put the Astros ahead.
Yuli Gurriel would single and tack on another run to put them up 4-2.
“That was huge,” Musgrove said of the three runs in the fifth. “Once I got that little cushion, I really bared down and had confidence in being able to go out there and attack them.”
In the sixth, Musgrove had a quick 1-2-3 inning, before handing it to the bullpen the rest of the way.
In the eighth, the Braves would test the mighty Astros pen.
With Will Harris on the mound, he’d fill the bases after two singles and a walk, but the right-hander would work himself out of the jam getting Matt Kemp to strike out swinging.
“Kinda happened pretty quick, looked up and there were two guys on…” Will Harris said of his outing. “Just kind of settled in and made my pitches and good things happened.”
By closing out the Braves, the Astros picked up their 23rd win making this the best start in team history through the first 34 games.
Ahead for the Astros is now a four-game series with the New York Yankees on the road.