Dodgers Come Short as Astros Rally in Ninth

As the Houston Astros edged the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-3 standing, a three-run ninth was highlighted by Hunter Pence’s dramatic, RBI single.  This is the first of a three-game set from Minute Maid Park.

The Astros placed runners on second and third with two outs before Michael Bourn split a game-tying double down on the right field line, while trailing 3-1 and down to their final at bat.  After Clint Barnes was a hit by a pitch, a 1-0 cutter was lifted by Pence over short, causing Bourn barely hit the throw home to complete the comeback.

After working 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to aid Astros in winning for the third time, Jeff Fulchino (1-2) earned the win.  On the other hand, Kenley Jansen (1-1) went through the blown save and the loss, as the Dodgers dropped their third straight.

Mat Kemp had his 100th home run in full action, giving Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, while James Loney went 1-for-4, lengthening his hit streak to nine games.

Astros rally in 9thHumberto Quintero brought home Bill Hall with a single to right-center to tie the game, making Astros respond in the third.  Hall scored a season-high four hits in the win.

Clayton Kershaw’s strong effort was wasted by a meltdown in Los Angeles’ case.  Kershaw allowed just one run on four hits, while hitting out seven over six innings.  Although he got the no-decision, his record of 3-0 remain perfect in the month of May.

As for Houston, its starter Bud Norris also did well, seizing the Dodgers to three runs on six hits over seven innings, in which two were earned.  He dwelt over a 1-1 tie in the seventh when pinch-hitter Andre Ethier got a two-out, RBI single up the middle.  Michael Bourn overran the ball as it rolles to the center, while Dioner Navarro opposed the plate.  This allowed Russell Mitchell to notch.

The rally in the ninth with a one-out single to left was begun by Hall.  Angel Sanchez performed a two-out walk after Matt Downs went down swinging, placing runners at first and second.  Hall and Downs stole and second, respectively.  Bourn, being at the plate, worked the count full before splitting the game-tying double down the line.

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