The Houston Astros picked up a big win on Wednesday afternoon, getting a walk-off hit in the ninth for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Minute Paid Park. Trevor Crowe's ninth inning single pulled Erik Bedard off the hook for a blown save and gave him the eventual win with the late dramatics.
Houston started off in good shape, sending eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the first. They pushed across three runs, but that lead was erased in the third inning with a three-run homer off the bat of Alex Presley.
But starter Jordan Lyles would get a little help in the middle innings. Jose Altuve hit a two-out double in the fourth, and would score on a single from Crowe. Then Brandon Barnes greeted reliever Ryan Pressly with an RBI single in the fifth to give Houston a 5-3 lead.
Lyles had a solid outing in from of the home crowd, recording 11 consecutive outs before Ryan Doumit led off the seventh with a single. He allowed three runs on four hits across 6 and 1/3 innings for his third straight quality start.
Twins starter Liam Hendriks lasted just 4 and 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He received a no decision, as Brian Duensing picked up the loss after giving up the game-winning hit. Bedard was charged with his second blown save of the year, but improves his record to 4-10 as he was the pitcher on record when Crowe delivered the final hit.
Minnesota has Thursday off to prepare for the weekend, while the Astros are heading to Oakland begin a four-game set against the Athletics. First pitch is set for 10:05 P.M. Eastern. The Astros will send Brad Peacock (3-5, 5.98 ERA) to the mound to face Sonny Gray (2-2, 2.57 ERA) and the A's. Oakland will look to put some distance over Texas in the AL West, a race that Houston is officially out of contention.