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Altuve's Walk-Off Walk Caps Astros Sweep Over A's

Astros rally for 9-8 win

April 07, 2019 - 6:27 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Jose Altuve's ninth inning two-out walk with the bases loaded sent the Astros to a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The four-pitch walk allowed by Blake Treinen scored Aledmys Diaz and clinched a weekend sweep, improving the Astros to 5-5 on the season. Altuve finished the game with three hits, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

Oakland struck first when Chad Pinder doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning after his fly ball to deep left field hit off the roof in fair territory, but the Athletics lead disappeared quickly.

Michael Brantley followed Jose Altuve's walk and Alex Bregman's single with an RBI single to put the Astros on the board. Then Carlos Correa's RBI single tied the game. After Josh Reddick flied out, Aledmys Diaz capped the inning with a 3-run homer, his first hit as an Astro, but Oakland got two runs back on Robbie Grossman's two-out, two-run homer in the second, and after Diaz walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, Grossman doubled home Laureano to make it a one run game again. 

The A's rallied again with two out in the sixth when Josh Phegley followed Ramon Laureano's two-out single with his first home run of the season to put them back on top. Pinder started the eighth inning with his second home run of 2019, though Tony Kemp got that run back for the Astros in the bottom of the inning, and then with a little luck, the Astros tied the game.

George Springer followed Kemp's longball with a double, thanks to a misread by Oakland rightfielder Stephen Piscotty, and he advanced to third on Altuve's infield single. Bregman followed with a sacrifice fly to shallow centerfield, as Springer just beat Laureano's throw to the plate. 

Roberto Osuna needed just 12 pitches to get through the top of the ninth inning, setting the stage for the ninth, which started with a Josh Reddick walk. Kemp singled after Reddick was erased on a fielder's choice, and Kemp walked to load the bases.

Bregman had a three hit day, while Diaz finished with two hits, two runs scored and four RBI.

Brad Peacock started for the Astros and allowed four runs in five innings. Josh James tossed the next two innings, while Hector Rondon pitched the eighth.

Up next for the Astros will be a 3-game series against the New York Yankees, beginning Monday night at Minute Maid Park.