Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – It wasn’t the easiest win the Houston Astros ever had, but it might have been one of the more rewarding wins. By beating the New York Mets Sunday afternoon 8-6, the Astros completed a home sweep, in their first games back at Minute Maid Park since Hurricane Harvey.
“With everything that happened here in Houston, we were playing with a lot of passion for our city, in front of our fans,” Carlos Correa said of the team’s win. “I felt like we came through and played really good baseball.”
Carlos Correa was activated right before the game. The shortstop had missed the past 40 plus games after getting surgery for a torn ligament in his thumb.
With the Astros trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the third, Correa started off, what would end up being a big inning, singling in Alex Bregman. Josh Reddick followed with his own single driving in Jose Altuve, and newest Astros’ outfielder Cameron Maybin would cap off the scoring in the fifth with a three run home run to put the team ahead 6-4.
“These guys have been doing this all year,” Cameron Maybin said of pulling off the comeback. “Just to be able to come in and help, do my part, play good defense, help manufacture runs, I’m looking forward to keeping this going, it’s already been a fun two or three days.”
Maybin’s blast in the third inning would help give the team a little bit of a cushion with Mike Fiers struggling on the mound.
In 4.1 innings of work, the righty would give up seven hits and six earned runs.
“Another embarrassing start for me,” Mike Fiers said of his outing. “Just getting our team off on the wrong foot, luckily my team is very good and responded to it well and we ended up getting the lead again.”
Fiers started off the game really shaky allowing back to back walks to Jose Reyes and Nori Aoki, and both would end up coming around to score.
Through two innings he allowed four runs.
There was a stretch when it looked like he had everything figured out but in the fifth Fiers allowed Reyes and Aoki to both reach base again.
With a 7-5 game, A.J. Hinch pulled Fiers in favor of Tyler Clippard and after a bases loaded walk to tighten the game, even more, he’d get Kevin Plawecki on strikes to end the frame.
However, The Mets would not go away and kept trying to retake the lead but the Astros were able to do just enough to hold them off.
In the eighth inning, the Mets had a chance to tie the game with a big hit, but it did not come.
With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Travis d’Arnaud sent a deep fly ball to center field, but Maybin was able to make a running catch to end the threat.
“That’s routine,” Maybin said of his catch. “I got that mentality, if it stays in the park, I should catch it.”
Overall on the game, the Mets would leave 21 guys on base, while the Astros only would leave eight.
Chris Devenski, while he had a rocky eighth, would end up closing out a two inning save.
George Springer in the fourth inning would pick up his 31st home run of the season, a 433-foot solo shot to left field.
During the short two-day, three-game series, Josh Reddick picked up seven hits and six RBI’s.
With the sweep comes a four game winning streak, something the Astros have not done since the start of July.
Up next for the Astros is a road trip to play the Seattle Mariners, and on Tuesday, Justin Verlander will make his debut.