Aug 20, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman (19) hits a 2-RBI single against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Big Inning Propels Houston Astros to Win

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Chris Carter is the talk of the MLB of late. His numbers since July 1st are unworldly and despite a golden sombrero in the opener against the Yankees, he pulled it together in the 9th for a three-run, game-winning home run. He’s the catalyst of this team right now, and he’d look to continue his magic run in game two against the Yankees.

The Houston Astros would sent Scott Feldman to the mound, who was undoubtedly ready to put up a good start after getting shellacked by Boston in his previous outing.

And he’d do just that, going 6.2 innings giving up only 2 earned runs on 8 hits and 7 strikeouts compared to just 1 walk. He’d leave with two men on base in position for the win, and pass the ball to Kevin Chapman, who struck out Jacoby Ellsbury to shut the door on the potential threat.

The Astros struck first in the top of the fourth, scoring on a two-out double by Dexter Fowler that plated Robbie Grossman from second.

But the lead was short-lived as Stephen Drew came up in the the bottom half and evened the odds in one fell swing. The pinstripes would notch another in the next inning and the Astros found themselves behind.

The Astros geared themselves up for a rally in the 7th, loading the bases on a walk by Jason Castro and two singles by Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Dominguez. Jake Marisnick and Grossman would follow with singles of their own to drive in three and take a 4-2 lead.

Jose Altuve was 0-2, so you know he was salivating when he stepped to the plate and delivered yet anther single for yet another run.

The rally would stop there though, as Chris Carter and Fowler both struck out. Carter has now struck out in 7 of his last 9 at-bats. If there is one thing that Astros’ nation doesn’t want to see, it’s Carter flipping the switch to “off” after seeing his near-two-month surge.

The Astros held on to the 5-2 win despite another classic nerve-wracking 9th. Clutch hitting was the name of the game tonight for the Astros.

Game MVP: Scott Feldman/Robbie Grossman

 

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