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Astros edge D-backs in 10 on walk-off HBP

Field Level Media
18 Sep 2021, 14:19 GMT+10

Chas McCormick earned a walk-off RBI when he was hit by a 10th-inning pitch, and the Houston Astros rallied for an unorthodox, 4-3 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

After Arizona moved ahead on a David Peralta RBI single in the top of the 10th, Houston responded with a Jake Meyers bloop into shallow right field that drove home the tying run.

Having intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez to face Meyers, Arizona reliever Tyler Clipper (1-1) then walked pinch hitter Aledmys Diaz to load the bases for McCormick.

It marked the first walk-off hit by pitch for the Astros since Aug. 8, 1998.

Jose Altuve ended the no-hit bid of Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner in dramatic fashion with two outs in the sixth inning, following the first career walk by rookie Jose Siri with a 376-foot home run to left that put Houston on top 2-1. It was the 28th homer of the season for Altuve and the lone hit surrendered by Bumgarner over seven innings.

Diamondbacks designated hitter Kole Calhoun, fresh off the 10-day injured list, broke the scoreless tie with his fourth home run leading off the sixth against Astros reliever Cristian Javier.

Trailing 2-1 entering the eighth, the Diamondbacks clawed back against Astros reliever Kendall Graveman. After two seeing-eye singles and a walk, Josh VanMeter drove in the tying run with a two-out, two-strike single that Altuve deflected at second base but failed to corral with a diving attempt.

Astros right-hander Brandon Bielak made his first start of the season in what was essentially an emergency context. Rookie right-hander Luis Garcia was the scheduled starter for the series opener against the Diamondbacks but was bumped up one day in the rotation when left-hander Framber Valdez was scratched against the Texas Rangers on Thursday due to a cut on his left index finger.

Bielak tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Stanek (3-4), the eighth Houston pitcher, got the win despite allowing an unearned run in the top of the 10th.

Bumgarner walked one and struck out three.

--Field Level Media

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