Astros top Orioles on Correa's 13th-inning single
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[May 25, 2016]
HOUSTON -- Orioles center
fielder Adam Jones possesses such a sterling reputation defensively
that it required something unusual for the Astros to take advantage
of him and Baltimore late Tuesday night.
Rookie Tony Kemp lined a triple over Jones' head leading off the
13th inning and Carlos Correa later added a walk-off single to lift
the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at
Minute Maid Park.
Kemp, who made his major league debut on May 17, recorded his first
career triple by taking advantage of Jones' shallow positioning in
center. Once that ball carried over Jones the Astros (18-28) were
poised against right-hander Dylan Bundy (0-1), the Orioles' fifth
pitcher of the game.
"I don't know how many times that kid has hit the ball that far, but
he crushed it," Jones said. "I gave it my best effort. I was pretty
shallow, but I gave it my best effort."
Bundy followed by intentionally walking George Springer and Jose
Altuve to set up a force at every base before Correa followed with
the game-winner, snapping an 0-for-15 skid with his hit to center
"I was thinking this is great," Correa said of the intentional walks
that preceded his at-bat. "This is where it is. I'm going end this.
That's the mentality I have. I was visualizing us celebrating after
my at-bat. So good it happened. It's really good it happened."
Houston rode a magnificent effort from its bullpen. Six Astros
relievers combined for 16 strikeouts to match the club record for
strikeouts by relievers set against the St. Louis Cardinals on April
Michael Feliz (2-1) struck out the side in the 13th, but Tony Sipp,
Luke Gregerson and Scott Feldman all recorded at least three
"Each guy came in and did a job," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
"We had a little bit of trouble here and there and guys pitched out
of it but to a man those guys came in and closed out innings with
zeroes when we really, really needed it."
Springer finished 3-for-4 with two walks while batting leadoff for
the second time this season. First baseman Luis Valbuena also
recorded a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the
Right-hander Chris Tillman gave the Orioles seven strong innings,
allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with seven
When Tillman finally departed the Astros threatened almost
immediately against the Orioles bullpen, with Springer turning a
flare into right into a hustle double with one out and a tie game in
However, Orioles reliever Darren O'Day recovered to retire Altuve
and Correa on hard-hit balls to leave Springer stranded on third
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Astros celebrate Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) game
winning RBI hit against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourteenth
inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Astros won 3 to 2.
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The Orioles fashioned a threat in the ninth against Gregerson,
loading the bases with two outs before Gregerson struck out leadoff
hitter Joey Rickard to end the frame. Gregerson, like Feliz, struck
out the side.
Astros right-hander Doug Fister had his run of six consecutive
quality starts end after he labored into the sixth inning.
Pedro Alvarez lined a hanging breaking ball into the right field
seats leading off the fifth, giving to the Orioles (26-17) a 1-0
lead with his third homer. Manny Machado opened the sixth with his
13th homer, this one above the train tracks in left field to tie the
game at 2-2. Three batters later, Fister was gone, needing 106
pitches to complete 5 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs on
three hits and three walks.
"You saw two good teams pitching well tonight," Orioles manager Buck
Showalter said. "I'd like to think that, but you'd still like to
find a way to scratch something across and make good use of a real
good outing by our pitching staff."
NOTES: Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel will get an extra day of rest
before he starts Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels. The
decision to bump Keuchel has more to do with keeping the rest of the
rotation on schedule, not his recent struggles. Keuchel is 0-5 with
a 7.78 ERA over his last seven starts. ... Baltimore selected the
contract of LHP Ashur Tolliver from Double-A Bowie. Tolliver went
1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and two saves with 25 strikeouts in 18 games for
the Baysox. His first appearance with the Orioles will mark his
major league debut. ... C Erik Kratz cleared waivers and was given
his unconditional release by the Astros. Kratz was designated for
assignment on May 16. ... The Marlins claimed RHP Asher
Wojciechowski off waivers from the Astros. Wojciechowski was
designated for assignment by the club on May 17. ... Seeking to
jumpstart his offense, Astros manager A.J. Hinch batted 2B Jose
Altuve second, the first time this season Altuve didn't hit leadoff.
RF George Springer was atop the order.
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