Astros 8, Diamondbacks 7: Back-to-back long balls give Houston 8-7 victory over Arizona

by dentonramsey

Astros 8, Diamondbacks 7: Back-to-back long balls give Houston 8-7 victory over Arizona

By Denton Ramsey / Astros Blogger

 

Back-to-back long balls in the top of the ninth inning gave the Houston Astros an 8-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

With the game tied at 6-6 with one away in the top of the ninth, pinch hitter Mike Lamb smoked a solo shot to give Houston a 7-6 lead.

Leadoff hitter Willy Tavares followed with a jack of his own, his first homerun of the season, to give the Astros an 8-6 lead on back-to-back homers.

Brad Lidge entered the game in the bottom of the ninth in a save situation, but he couldnt hold his own as his outing began on shaky ground.

Lidge allowed a leadoff single before a popup and strikeout gave the Astros two outs in the inning.

A tight strike zone forced a base on balls to Orlando Hudson before a second consecutive walk loaded the bases as Dan Wheeler entered the game to relieve Lidge.

However, Wheeler had a hard time finding the strike zone as well, allowing an RBI walk to make the score 8-7 with the bases still juiced.

But Wheeler calmed down and made the pitches needed to propel the Astros to a victory, striking out pinch hitter Quentin to end the game.

Trever Miller, who pitched 0.2 innings of work for Houston, picked up the win on Friday night as Wheeler notched his third save of the season.

Game two of the three game series begins tomorrow night at 8:40 p.m. with the Rocket, Roger Clemens pitching for Houston.

Clemens, who turned 44 on Friday, received a welcome gift from his home team as the Astros moved to 52-57 on the season with an 8-7 victory at Arizona.

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