HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie pinch-hitter Robel Garcia’s RBI single in Houston’s three-run 10th inning lifted the Astros to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
“You just get in there with a mindset of hitting the ball and that’s what I did,” Garcia said through a translator.
The Angels scored two runs in the top of the 10th on RBI singles by David Fletcher and Albert Pujols off Ryan Pressly (2-0) to take a 4-2 lead.
Kyle Tucker started the bottom half on second base and went to third on a fly ball by Aledmys Díaz. Myles Straw singled off Raisel Iglesias (1-2) to cut it to 4-3. Jason Castro then hit a ground-rule double into the right-field corner to send Straw to third. The play was reviewed to see if it was a foul ball, but the call was upheld.
Carlos Correa’s sacrifice fly scored the speedy Straw to tie it 4-all. Garcia then sent a line drive to center field for his second hit and first RBI this season, setting off a wild celebration.
“To keep grinding all night and finally push it across at the end is a game that boosts morale and gets everyone fired up,” Castro said.
Yuli Gurriel tied it with a two-run homer in the seventh to help the Astros to their second straight win after losing their previous three games.
“It was looking bleak for a while until Yuli tied it,” manager Dusty Baker said. “That was some finish.”
The Astros had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Tony Watson struck out Tucker to send it to the 10th.
Scott Schebler had two hits filling in for Mike Trout, who was scratched with a bruised left elbow after being hit by a pitch Thursday night as the Angels lost for the fourth time in five games.
Schebler hit a leadoff double in the fifth and advanced to third on a one-out single by Fletcher, who…