HOUSTON (CBS Radio) – Carlos Correa hit a walk-off two-run single to give the Astros a 3-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. He also homered in the fifth to account for all three of the team’s RBIs. Houston gets the series win over its division rival and is now back at .500 (36-36) since starting the season at 1-1 on April 6.
The Astros entered the ninth down 2-1 when they made it interesting against former Longhorn, Huston Street. George Springer led off with a walk and then stole second. Gonzalez walked followed by a shot by Jose Altuve to third base where Yunel Escobar couldn’t handle it, loading the bases for Correa with no outs and the crowd on its feet. With a full count, Correa knocked the game-winning, two-run single to right center for the win. It was his third walk-off hit this season.
“I want to be in that situation every day,” Correa said after Tuesday’s win. “I want to be able to feel the pressure. That drives me. I feel comfortable in that situation. Every time there’s a situation like that, I try to visualize myself getting that hit and us celebrating.”
Collin McHugh gave up a leadoff single to Escobar, hit Kole Calhoun with a pitch and then Mike Trout singled to left to score Escobar to give Los Angeles the early 1-0 lead in the first inning. But he was able to get out of the inning with no more damage after retiring the next three batters and stranding runners on second and third. Angels first baseman C.J. Corn led off the fourth with his sixth home run of the season to make it 2-0. Correa answered with his own towering solo shot to lead off the bottom of the fifth and put the Astros on the board. It was Correa’s 11th long ball of the season after hitting homers on consecutive nights.
Trout led off the sixth with a triple but after issuing a walk a few batters later, McHugh was able to get out of the inning unscathed. The righty was back out in the seventh for a three-up, three-down inning. After 111 pitches over seven innings, McHugh’s night was done. He allowed five hits and two runs while striking out six and walking only one. Key moments included limiting the damage in the first with a pair of base runners on second and third and also not allowing a score in the sixth with a base runner on third with no outs.
“One of the gutsier performances from McHugh,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I thought he was really good. The first inning could’ve been tragic for us, but I was very proud of Collin to get his seven innings in and to be as good as we could’ve expected.”
Tony Sipp, Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson shut down the Angels over the final three innings. Gregerson was credited with the win and is now 1-1 on the season.
The Astros and Angels finish their three-game series Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. with Lance McCullers (3-2, 4.24) on the mound for Houston opposite right-hander Matt Shoemaker (3-7, 4.50 ERA) for Los Angeles.