Are the Astros turning another corner?

Are the Astros turning another corner?
June 13, 2014, 10:30 am
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"This is amazing. This is the best time of my life right now. I'm having so much fun. Oh god."

Carlos Corporan said it all after the Astros beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 in 10 innings on Thursday. It was a game of ups and downs. And through the down moments, the Astros got through them to come out winners in the end after Chris Carter's walk-off home run.

"This right here is an overall great team win," Bo Porter said. "To come back and battle. (Chad) Qualls had been throwing the ball tremendous (but) to give up the lead there in the ninth and to battle back and keep it there. Tony Sipp to come in and give us the hold right there where he shut them down and then (Chris Carter) there with the homer. Just a tremendous team effort and a great win."

Not only did the Astros lose a lead, they also had lost star second baseman Jose Altuve in the seventh inning after Altuve was hit on his right hand by a pitch. Yet, they still won.

"I just think you look at how we've played over this stretch where we've been winning a lot of close games," Porter said. "We've had some adversity. We've battled back from adversity. We've been able to overcome it and these guys are feeding off that mojo. It's exciting to see. They're having fun. They're coming to the park each and every day and putting their work in. And it's something that we want to continue to build the momentum."

That momentum has the Astros currently with a better record than seven other teams around baseball, including the Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, and Padres. They're only two games behind the Rangers and are as about as close (two games or less) to overtaking at least four other teams.

"It's telling to people what kind of team we have now," Corporan said. "We grind it to the end. We never give up. And we keep playing hard. We know that somebody's going to step up. We're coming to the ballpark expecting to win. We know that somebody's going to do it for us and (on Thursday) it was Carter. (On Friday), it might be another guy. This is what winning teams look like."

"You see around, you see everybody smiling," Jose Altuve said. "You see everybody having fun because the way we're playing, we're playing really well, we're winning a lot right now. In the games we're losing, it's only by one run. We're playing really hard and I think you can't ask for any more."