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Chrinos' Double Lifts Astros To Walk-Off Win

Astros beat the Orioles in 11 innings to improve to 44-21

June 07, 2019 - 10:58 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Robinson Chirino's 11th inning 2-out double scored Yuli Gurriel from first base in the Astros 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles Friday night at Minute Maid Park. 

Chirinos lined a 3-2 fastball from Branden Kline down the left field line. It appeared Jonathan Villar's relay throw beat Gurriel to the plate, but Orioles catcher Chance Cisco could not handle the throw, allowing Gurriel to score. The Orioles challenged the play, saying he never touched home plate, but the call stood after a 1:08 review.

The win is the Astros seventh in eight games as they improve to 44-21 on the season. 

The Astros were given the opportunity to win the game in the 11th thanks to the work of Cionel Perez out of the bullpen. After being recalled from AAA Round Rock earlier in the day, the lefty tossed three perfect innings and earned his first win of the season. He was the second Astros reliever used on the night, as Hector Rondon followed Gerrit Cole's seven innings with a scoreless eighth. Cole struck out a season-high 14 batters, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits without a walk.

Baltimore took advantage of Gurriel's first inning throwing error and scored a pair of unearned runs on Rio Ruiz's two-out single and added to the lead when Cisco popped a 2-2 curveball into the first row of the Crawford Boxes for his first home run of the season.

Houston could not get anything going at the plate against Orioles starter Gabriel Ynoa, but that changed when Josh Reddick led off the fifth inning with his seventh home run of the season, and after Tyler White walked, Tony Kemp smacked his fourth home run of the season, trying the game at three. 

Ruiz allowed just those three fifth inning runs in six innings of work. Shawn Armstrong struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 seventh. Richard Bleier allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings, while Mychal Givens recorded five outs without allowing a run.

Reddick had a two hit night for the Astros, while Anthony Santander had a pair of knocks for the Orioles, who drop to 19-44.

Framber Valdez will make his first start of 2019 when the Astros and Orioles play the middle game of their three-game set Saturday afternoon. Andrew Cashner gets the ball for Baltimore.