Porter calls game 'emotional rollercoaster'
The Astros had victory in their grasp. The second of Brett Wallace’s two home runs, a towering three-run homer in the eighth tied the game at 5. But the Rays scored twice in the 11th inning to come away with a 7-5 win in 11 innings on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. It was the second consecutive day an Astro had a multi-homer game. Chris Carter had a pair in Houston’s win on Wednesday. The Rays won the first two games of the series, outscoring the Astros 20-0.
Jordan Lyles was solid, allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He faltered a little in the seventh. A wild pitch allowed the Rays to tie the game 2-2. The right-hander gave up six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Chris Archer of the Rays allowed only two hits over six innings. The right-hander allowed two run with five strikeouts and three walks.
Josh Fields (0-1) took the loss. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-5 game. Veras left with one out in the 10th after a ball hit his hand on a come backer.
Jose Cisnero wasn’t as effective. In one inning, Cisnero allowed three runs, two hits and two walks with a strikeout.
Jamey Wright (2-1) earned the win and Fernando Rodney got his 18th save.
AT THE PLATE
The left-handed hitting Wallace hit an opposite-field home run to tie the game 1-1 leading off the fourth. Wallace, who was making his second start of the season at third base, hit his second and third homers of the season.
For Tampa Bay, Houston native James Loney singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high tying 15 games. Shortstop Yunel Escobar had a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning that gave the Rays a 5-2 lead and his double in the 11th inning gave the Rays a 6-5 lead.
Desmond Jennings had three hits on Thursday and had eight hits for the series.
IN THE FIELD
Not only did Escobar turn a sensational double play, but the timing of it made it stand out more. With one out in a 5-5 game in the eighth and a runner on first, J.D. Martinez hit what appeared to be a hit between third and short. Escobar went in the hole, fired quickly to get the runner at second, and Ben Zobrist completed the double play to end the inning.
For the Astros, Jake Elmore leaped high to grab a ball hit by Wil Myers to end the sixth inning.
Rays right fielder Myers made two outstanding catches in the first inning. He robbed Jose Altuve on a sliding catch for the first out, and made a diving catch for the third out to rob Jason Castro.
ON THE BASES
Brandon Barnes and Jimmy Paredes pulled off a double steal in the fifth inning, with Barnes taking third base. Barnes then tied the game 1-1 by scoring on a sacrifice fly by Elmore. Barnes stole second base in the last of the ninth inning, but was stranded.
The Astros begin a three-game series at Texas starting on Friday. The Astros won’t return to Minute Maid Park until July 19, when they open a three-game series with Seattle. Friday’s matchup has RHP Lucas Harrell (5-8, 4.59 ERA) for Houston vs. RHP Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.71 ERAS) for Texas. Also on Friday, Mark Appel makes his professional debut with Class A-Tri City.