The Houston Astros (58-46) squandered a 4-1 lead, losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the weekend series opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The 6-4 win in ten innings extended Arizona’s (50-51) unbeaten streak to a season high six games and snapped Houston’s home winning streak at seven.
Houston starter Scott Feldman surrendered a second inning run set up by shortstop Carlos Correa’s error. Playing the shift against left-handed hitting Jake Lamb, Correa made a strong play on a grounder on the right side of second base but his throw was high and pulled Luis Valbuena off the first base bag. Yasmany Tomas then strike a 1-0 into right field past a diving Jose Altuve scoring pinch runner Cliff Pennington.
“Getting Feldman into the sixth was a challenge,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch following the game. “He didn’t have his curveball today. He had a tough time executing strikes when he needed to. I thought he battled and did the best he could.”
Astros would finally reach Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth. Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez singled to open the inning before catcher Jason Castro in the ninth spot deposited De La Rosa’s second pitch of the at bat into the left Crawford boxes for a 3-1 lead. It was Castro’s second three run blast in as many nights. The veteran catcher’s walk-off home run on Thursday night lifted the Astros to a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Three batters later, Correa atoned for his second inning error launching a solo shot over the left field wall. The rookie’s tenth home run in 45 games this season gave Houston a 4-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks, with a five game winning streak on the line rebounded to tie the game in the seventh. After a pair of rbi groundout singles in the sixth pulled Arizona to within a run, David Peralta singled home Woodlands High School alum Paul Goldschmidt to tie the game.
In the tenth, back-to-back home runs by Wellington Castillo and Jake Lamb off reliever Pat Neshek (3-20 send the Astros to the fifth extra innings defeat in nine tries. Castillo’s game winner was his third in two days.
Daniel Hudson (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to gane the win. Brad Ziegler hurled 1-2-3 tenth for his 18th save.
“We didn’t play our best today,” continued Hinch. “In all aspects of the game we had a tough time. It cost us the game in a couple of different ways. We’ll bounce back tomorrow. It’s just disappointing that we didn’t bring our best.”
Houston and Arizona square off in game two of the three game weekend series on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 6:10p.m. CDT.