Morning Rewind, 8/24: Another day, another Astros walk-off
By JOHN DORN
If you feel like you've read this before, you have. The Houston Astros won another home game in their final at bay on Sunday afternoon -- this time against the Los Angeles Dodgers on a 10th-inning Jason Castro home run.
The win marked their fourth walk-off win over their last eight games.
This following walk-off victories last Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and coming two days after Mike Fiers' no-hitter against LA on Friday night.
Not a bad week for the Astros, who now sit at 69-56, four games in front of the second place Angels. And when things are going this well... well, your mascot just isn't able to help himself.
Astros 3, Dodgers 2
Around the League
Indians 4, Yankees 3
It doesn't happen often, but Dellin Betances wasn't able to shut the door in the eighth. A Francisco Lindor homer put Cleveland up 4-3, and they'd never look back.
Rangers 4, Tigers 2
Just a few short weeks after appearing out of the race, the Rangers now sit in an Wild Card position following a win over Detroit. Cole Hamels' first win in Texas did the trick.
Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0
Now over .500, don't count the Diamondbacks out of the race in the National League. With the Dodgers trending backward, anything can happen out West.
Royals 8, Red Sox 6
The Red Sox almost looked destined to pull out a series victory over the AL-leading Royals, but a four-run ninth inning capped by a Mike Moustakas two-RBI double gave the Royals the rubber game.
Phillies 2, Marlins 0
In a battle to stay out of the NL East cellar, the Phillies pulled even with the Marlins at 50-74. Now they're both in last place!
Nationals 9, Brewers 5
With the Mets beating up on the Rockies in Denver, the pressure has been on Washington to win and not lose any more ground in the East. They helped themselves Sunday by edging the Brewers by four.
Twins 4, Orioles 3
The Orioles are desperately trying to stay competitive in the AL Wild Card race, but losing every game this season to a fellow Wild Card competitor, the Minnesota Twins, isn't helping their cause.
Cubs 9, Braves 3
Hitting five home runs is typically a sound strategy to win a game. It worked for the Cubs on Sunday.
Blue Jays 12, Angels 5
After cooling off a bit from their scorching streak following their deadline trades, Toronto is back in first place after sweeping the Angels -- now a half-game over the Yankees in the East.
Mariners 8, White Sox 6
The Sox cut a 7-1 lead into a 7-6 lead at one point, but a Ketel Marte sac fly in the eighth was able to seal the deal for Seattle.
Athletics 8, Rays 2
It's been a rough season in Oakland, but seven runs in the seventh inning meant everything went smoothly on Sunday -- even the ball boy got in on the action.
Mets 5, Rockies 1
After scoring 14 runs in each of the first two games of the series in Colorado, the Mets settled for a modest five on Sunday. Matt Harvey had his start skipped to preserve innings, but Logan Verrett stepped in and threw eight innings, allowing one run, for his first MLB win.
Cardinals 10, Padres 3
Four first-inning runs were all the Cards needed in San Diego on Sunday, as Michael Wacha allowed one run over his six innings of work.
Pirates 5, Giants 2
In a series with gigantic Wild Card implications, the Pirates rode their big bats late. Home runs from Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez clinched this one, pushing the Giants to six games out of a playoff spot. The Pirates, at 74-48, have a three-game cushion over the Cubs for the first Wild Card seed.
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