Michael McKenry Leads Comeback Win over Astros

Final: Pirates 6, Astros 5

WP: Tony Watson (5-1, 4.45 ERA)

LP: Rhiner Cruz (1-1, 7.41 ERA)

SV: Joel Hanrahan (31, 2.18 ERA)

That was a wild and crazy game.

The Astros started things off with three straight hits to lead off the second inning that ultimately led to them jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Chris Johnson then hit a solo home run in the third. Johnson finished with a stellar day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a single shy of the cycle.

Alex Presley homered in the fourth inning to wreck Jordan Lyles‘ perfect game. But Houston answered right back with a Ben Francisco home run to extend their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

In the fifth inning, Pedro Alvarez led off with a single. Then, Michael McKenry deposited a line drive into the left field seats for a two-run homer to cut the Astros lead to 4-3. McKenry also led off the seventh with a double and later scored on a Josh Harrison sacrifice fly to tie the game up at four.

The Astros, though, didn’t let up, scoring a run off Jared Hughes in the seventh, thanks to a lead off triple by Johnson.

But McKenry wasn’t done. With one out in the ninth, he singled to left field before giving way to pinch-runner, Jordy Mercer. Drew Sutton and Casey McGehee then drew back-to-back pinch-hit walks to load up the bases. Starling Marte then hit a 1-0 pitch to deep center field to score Mercer to tie up the game. Drew Sutton then scored from third base thanks to a wild pitch by Xavier Cedeno to give the Pirates the lead. It was a pretty crazy inning.

Joel Hanrahan was able to finish things off with his 31st save, but did allow a single and a stolen base to make things interesting.

Page 1 of 2 | Next page