Through eight innings, each starting pitcher had an ace performance. But, the Astros came out on top in extra innings. Myles Straw drove in the winning run in the eleventh and walked off. With this 2-1 win, the Astros have taken a 2-0 lead in the series.
Strong start for Senza
Add another tally to quality starts because Senzatela was dealing today. Through his eight innings of work on 107 pitches, Senza allowed just three hits, struck out six with no runs and walked none (one HBP). The only traffic Senzatela allowed came in the bottom of the sixth when Myles Straw hit a single and stole second base. However, even with a runner in scoring position and Alex Bregman at the plate, Senza got him to hit a groundball to the left side and end the inning.
But Greinke was great too
Greinke is known to be consistent on the mound, and today was no different. Almost identical to Senzatela’s stats, Greinke pitched a solid eight innings with three hits, no runs or walks, and he struck out seven batters. Greinke came into the game with a 2.53 ERA, now with this quality start under his belt, his ERA sits at a 1.84.
Off to extras
Daniel Bard came into the game to pitch the ninth, and he picked up right where Senza left off – three up, three down.
For the first time this season, the Rockies got to take advantage of the new rule for extra innings. Since Trevor Story was the last out of the ninth, he was automatically put on second to start the 10th, and it paid off. Charlie Blackmon flied out to deep center, moving Story to third for a productive first out. Arenado struck out for the second out, and Houston chose to intentionally walk Daniel Murphy to get to Raimel Tapia. Tapia wasn’t the easy out like the Astros were hoping for, and instead hit a ball right up the middle to drive in Story and take a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Houston was also able to make the most of the new rule and tied it up with a single then a sacrifice fly by Yuli Gurriel to score Bregman in the bottom of the tenth.
The Rockies had a chance in the eleventh but couldn’t pull it off, and ultimately the Astros did in their half. Jairo Díaz charged with the loss, Andre Scrubb earned the win.
The Rockies and Astros head to Colarado for the final two games of the interleague series. Ryan Castellani will make his third career start for the Rox at 6:40 p.m. MT.