Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – With either a win or a loss the Houston Astros would have walked away from this seven-game home stand with a sour taste their mouths.
But a walk-off win over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday afternoon leaves the Astros with something to smile about.
With the prospect of losing back to back home series before heading out on a eight-game road trip, the Astros came from behind and hung four runs on Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna pulling off the amazing come from behind win.
Jose Altuve led off the ninth with a single, Josh Reddick would not advance the speedster and instead get called out on strikes. Reddick not happy with the call would end up getting tossed by home plate umpire Rob Drake.
Reddick now back in the clubhouse and the Astros down four runs with now two outs left, the team strung together back to back singles.
Now with the bases loaded, Carlos Beltran followed with a fielders choice scoring Altuve, the Blue Jays opted to not try and turn a double play, instead they were able to get the Marwin Gonzalez at second base.
With the Astros down to their final out, Alex Bregman came to the plate tripled in the tying runs.
Juan Centeno, in his first game since being recalled from triple-A to take Evan Gattis spot on the roster, who’s on the DL with a concussion, drove Bregman in, ending the game, with a single right over Justin Smoak’s outstretched glove over at first base.
“I got a good pitch to hit,” Juan Centeno said of his game winning at-bat. “(Alex) Bregman had a big hit right there to tie the game, so I got my mindset together, (got) a pitch up in the zone and put a good swing on it.”
Centeno in now his second stint with the Astros has been a big weapon for them offensively in the limited time he’s played. In just three games, he’s batting .455, to go with two home runs and now a game winning hit.
“When you start to impact games, the way he is, you get noticed,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Centeno.
While it does seem like an amazing comeback, Bregman who tied the game, had no doubt the Astros were coming back.
“When (Jose) Altuve was leading off we thought we could pull it off,” Alex Bregman said. “We don’t feel like we’re ever out of it.”
Before the comeback, it did not seem like a win was in the cards for the Astros.
Leading 3-2 head into the seventh, former Astros’ left fielder Nori Aoki, came up big for the Blue Jays, smacking a two run homer, his second of the season, giving them the lead. Smoak also drove in the pair of runs with a double, before the inning ended.
Mike Fiers would end up pitching six innings, allowing four hits, two home runs, and five runs overall (four earned), but his bomb to Aoki, would leave him on the hook for a loss.
In the dugout, wishing he pitched just a little bit better, Fiers was very happy to see the offense come through.
“That was an unbelievable inning, to come back from that and end up winning,” Mike Fiers said.