The Juice: Houston Astros find a bright spot — a six-run ninth snaps their six-game losing streak

Mike Oz
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The Houston Astros won't have as many memorable wins this season as some other teams. That's just part of being a team that's likely to lose 100 games.

When this season is over for the Astros, Wednesday night's game might be one of their finer moments: Houston scored six runs in the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 6-1 win that snapped its six-game losing streak. It's a reason to leave the ballpark feeling good.

The Seattle Mariners were on the losing end, wasting a strong start from Jeremy Bonderman (eight shutout innings, only three hits). Closer Tom Wilhelmsen came on in the ninth and gave up five runs without getting two outs.

It was the Astros first win of the season that came after trailing in the ninth inning. Here's how it went down: Jason Castro and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive singles to start the inning. After a sacrifice and an intentional walk to Carlos Pena, Chris Carter hit a two-run, bases-loaded double. Jose Altuve and Brandon Barnes followed with RBI singles. The Mariners walked in the sixth run of the inning.

The Astros improve to 23-44. A couple more of these and they might catch up to the Cubs in the win-column. They currently have 25.

Dodgers and D-backs battle into extra innings: This time there were no punches thrown, no benches clearing, no bean balls — just lots and lots of baseball.

The Arizona Diamondbacks bested the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6 in 12 innings on Wednesday. The teams were tied 4-4 since the seventh inning, but the D-backs broke it open with a four-run 12th inning that included a go-ahead Martin Prado double. The Dodgers threatened in their half of the 12th, scoring two runs and brining the tying run to the plate, but Heath Bell held on to close the game.

Way back in the beginning of the game, the Dodgers put up four runs on Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, whose 9-0 record remains blemish-free with the no decision. The D-backs haven't lost a game he's started. Yasiel Puig wasn't in the starting lineup, but came on in the 12th inning and singled in his only at-bat.


Pirates 12, Giants 8: Starling Marte: four hits and four runs. Barry Zito: 4 2/3 innings, 11 hits, eight runs.

Angels 9, Orioles 5: Halos score six in the seventh inning to avoid sweep.

Royals 3, Tigers 2: Royals use late-inning heroics from Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to erase a strong start from Justin Verlander. Jose Valderde with the closer collapse.

Reds 2, Cubs 1: Mike Leake holds Cubs to three hits and Todd Frazier hits the go-ahead homer.

Padres 5, Braves 3: Up-and-down Edinson Volquez brings his A-game, giving up one run and striking out nine in seven innings.

Brewers 10, Marlins 1: That Carlos Gomez guy? Pretty good. He goes 4-for-5 with three RBIs as Brewers trounce Marlins.

Mets 5, Cardinals 1: Dillon Gee bests Shelby Miller. With a win Thursday — it's Matt Harvey vs. Adam Wainwright — the Mets could off-load the "Glass Joe" title.

Red Sox 2, Rays 1: Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Nava lead Red Sox past Rays. Boston takes two of three from Tampa.

Indians 5, Rangers 2: Uuuuuuuuuuubaldo Jimenez and Jaaaaaaaaaason Kipnis help Indians win a road series for the first time since May 12.

Twins 4, Phillies 3: Clete Thomas — what a name — goes 4-for-4 and leads the Twins to a comeback victory. Thomas' double ties the game in the eighth inning, then he scores the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Blue Jays at White Sox (Ppd., weather)

Nationals 5, Rockies 1: Ross Ohlendorf, called up to help during Nats' pitcher injury woes, throws six innings of two-hit ball.

A's 5, Yankees 2: Brandon Moss hits two homers and Dan Straily quiets the Yankee bats to win his third straight decision.

"That was probably the worst game we played all year. It's definitely disappointing after an emotional win last night. But that happens sometimes." — Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) hangs with younger brother Justin (10), who was drafted last week by the Mariners too.

• The Reds won their 12th straight game at Wrigley Field, breaking a record held by three teams, most recently the Montreal Expos in 1982-1983.

• The Mets are first team to score more than three runs on rookie Shelby Miller (ERA, 2.21).

• Before Wednesday, Justin Upton hadn't homered in 21 games. He hit 12 in his first 23 games of the season.

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