PHOENIX (AP) — Seth Beer’s dramatic game-winning, three-run homer was the talk of Arizona’s opening day.
He came through in a critical situation again Wednesday.
Beer tied the game in the 10th inning with an RBI single, and Ketel Marte followed with a game-ending sacrifice fly to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.
The game was full of missed opportunities for both teams — tied at 1-all through nine innings — until each scratched across runs in the 10th.
The Diamondbacks got the better of the exchange, falling behind in the top of the 10th before scoring two runs off Houston closer Ryan Pressly (0-1).
“If the ball leaves the yard, that’s great,” Beer said. “But in that situation, if you’re muscling up against a guy like Pressly, that’s when you get in trouble. So you just stick to your approach and try to find a barrel.”
Beer, a rookie with an easy-to-remember last name, became an immediate fan favorite at Chase Field with his opening-day heroics.
This time, he helped the D-backs snap a four-game skid despite leaving 14 runners on base. The teams split the two-game series.
“There’s two or three punches we’ve got to throw at one time and we’ve got to land them all before we start putting up crooked numbers,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think we’re delivering some body blows, we’re getting runners on base, and eventually someone’s going to slug at the right time.”
Arizona’s Sergio Alcantara began the 10th inning on second and Jake McCarthy’s sacrifice bunt moved him to third. Beer’s sharp single through the drawn-in infield got past Houston second baseman Jose Altuve to tie the game at 2-all. Geraldo Perdomo and Cooper Hummel followed with walks off Pressly to load the bases.
Marte hit a…