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Springer Caps Wild Win Over Angels

Astros win in 10 innings on Springer's walk-off single

July 07, 2019 - 7:57 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- George Springer's 10th inning single scored Josh Reddick from second and ended the Astros 11-10 win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday at Minute Maid Park. 

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Springer's hit was his third of the day, and it capped a wild afternoon that saw the Astros trail by as many as five runs as they go into the All Star Break with a 57-33 record.

Houston grabbed a 2-0 lead when Tony Kemp ripped a first pitch fastball from Jose Suarez over the rightfield wall, but the Angels batted around in the third, scoring five runs against Jose Urquidy, including a 3-run homer from Shohei Ohtani. Mike Trout made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, while Jonathan Lucroy's fifth inning RBI triple made it a five run game. Yordan Alvarez and Tyler White drove home runs in the Astros half of the inning, only to see Trout get one of those back when he sent a 1-0 Collin McHugh fastball into the Astros bullpen. That made the score 8-4 Angels, but the game was far from over.

Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Michael Brantley reached base to start the bottom of the inning, and Yuli Gurriel tied the game when he launched Cam Bedrosian's 2-1 slider over the wall in left-centerfield. That's Gurriel's fifth straight game with a homer, and his ninth in his last 11 games. Neither team scored in the seventh, but Trout followed David Fletcher's leadoff walk in the eighth and hammered Will Harris' 0-1 fastball for his second long ball of the day, and 28th of the season. Houston rallied in their half of the frame, and Alvarez plated Brantley and Gurriel with a single to tie it. He was lifted for pinch runner Jake Marisnick, who wound up at third after Reddick walked to load the bases. It looked like Springer broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, but Marisnick was ruled out after a collision with Lucroy. The Angels catcher left the game and was taken to the hospital for a CT scan. 

Both teams failed to score in the ninth despite having multiple runners aboard, and Ryan Pressly worked around a 2-out single in the top of the 10th before Springer ended the game. 

Brantley finished with four hits and three runs scored, while White and Alvarez collected three.

Trout's multi-homer game was his fourth of the season and 18th of his career. Andrelton Simmons and Fletcher added three hits for the Angels, who fall to 45-46.

The Astros will return from the All Star Break Thursday when they open a 4-game series in Arlington against the Rangers.