Houston loses the series

Padres get walk-off homer to take series from Astros

The Astros tied the game late but the Padres still came out in frond on Sunday. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After being handed a lopsided loss in the middle game on Saturday to even up the series, the Astros tried to shrug it off and get the series victory with a win on Sunday. After battling back to tie the game late, the Padres would get the final blow to take the series.

Final Score: Padres 4, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 79-57, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Mark Melancon (4-2)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (1-4)

Garcia rebounds from a rough first inning

With most of the offense the night prior belonging to San Diego, the Astros set off on a better foot on Sunday, getting a leadoff ground-rule double by Jose Altuve to get in position for an RBI single by Alex Bregman to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Padres matched that and more in the bottom half against Luis Garcia.

Garcia allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, followed by a one-out single and walk to load the bases. A sac fly brought in one run to tie things up, then a two-out two-RBI double put San Diego in front 3-1. He rebounded nicely from that rough first inning, preventing any more damage into the sixth inning, where he would get two outs and allow a single before Dusty Baker moved on to the bullpen. Garcia's final line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 80 P.

Astros drop the series as Padres get walk-off homer

Down two runs in the top of the seventh, the Astros launched back-to-back jacks by Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa, both solo homers, to tie the game 3-3. Blake Taylor was Houston's next reliever, and with a double play, he was able to face the minimum in the bottom of the seventh.

Kendall Graveman maintained the tie in the bottom of the eighth, erasing a leadoff single for a scoreless inning. In the top of the ninth, Houston had a chance to go back in front, working back-to-back walks to start the inning, but would come away empty after a double play and strikeout. Ryne Stanek entered to try and force extra innings in the bottom of the ninth but instead would watch Jake Cronenworth blast the walk-off solo homer to win it for the Padres, handing the Astros the series loss.

Up Next: With this road trip complete, the Astros return to pick up a series with the Mariners at 6:10 PM Central on Monday. Yusei Kikuchi (7-7, 4.12 ERA) is the slated starter for Seattle, while Lance McCullers Jr. (10-4, 3.20 ERA) will pitch for Houston.

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

After Texans DE Charles Omenihu voiced his support for Deshaun Watson this week, ESPN Houston's John Granato and Josh Jordan discuss how the Texans handling of the Watson saga will have big implications on their organizational reputation. Plus, how Omenihu and Watson sharing the same agent could make this tricky moving forward.

If you enjoy the content, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome