ST. PETERSBURG -- Veteran Astros catcher Brian McCann opened Houston's three-game series Friday against the Rays by scoring what turned out to be the winning run. On Sunday, he came through again -- this time with the bat.McCann's single to shallow right field scored Carlos Beltran from third base in
ST. PETERSBURG -- Veteran Astros catcher Brian McCann opened Houston's three-game series Friday against the Rays by scoring what turned out to be the winning run. On Sunday, he came through again -- this time with the bat.
McCann's single to shallow right field scored Carlos Beltran from third base in the 10th inning to lift the Astros to a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
"The beauty of this team is that we're so deep," McCann said. "The bottom of the order can get you, the top of the order can get you, so it's a great lineup to hit in."
After the Rays jumped on Houston starter Joe Musgrove for four runs in the first, Carlos Correa started the Houston (13-6) comeback with a two-run homer in the third off Rays righty Matt Andriese, snapping an 0-for-18 skid.
Jose Altuve added a solo shot in the fifth and pinch-hitter Evan Gattis knotted it in the ninth on a sacrifice fly that scored a hustling Yulieski Gurriel from third.
That set up Houston's big 10th. On the eve of his 40th birthday, Beltran walked and Altuve singled to give the Astros two on and no outs. Following a lineout by Correa that moved Beltran to third, McCann came through with the go-ahead hit. Gurriel added an insurance run on a single two batters later. Ken Giles sealed it by securing his fifth save of the season as the Astros took the rubber match in the three-game set.
"It was a tremendous character win for us, falling behind like we did and being able to rally at the end," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Brad Miller got the Rays (10-10) started, driving in Evan Longoria from first base on a triple down the right-field line.
Steven Souza Jr. followed up with a two-run homer that banged off the left-field foul pole and Jesus Sucre capped the frame with an RBI single. But that's all the Rays mustered as Musgrove settled down to toss six strong frames. He allowed no hits after the first with four strikeouts and one walk. The Rays recorded only two hits after the first.
"It's a frustrating loss," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We played good this homestand, no doubt about that. Would have liked to have gotten this one, but we'll bounce back here [Monday] when we get to Baltimore."
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Pitches up, Astros down: Andriese departed the second already sitting at 40 pitches, but he was lucky it wasn't worse. Houston had a chance to get all four runs back in the frame, loading the bases with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate in Jake Marisnick. Andriese worked out of it, though, getting Marisnick to go down swinging to retire the side. Andriese allowed three runs on six hits over five innings of work, striking out four and walking two.
Ball -- then game -- slips away: Houston's rally may have never came to fruition if not for one costly mistake by Sucre in the ninth. With All-Star closer Alex Colome two outs away from wrapping up a six-out save and Gurriel on second, a cutter to Gattis slipped off the outside of Sucre's glove and rolled to the backstop. Gurriel advanced to third on the miscue before coming home to tie it on the sacrifice fly.
"I [messed] it up on that pitch right there. I should have caught that pitch. I cost us the game." -- Sucre, on allowing the passed ball in the ninth.
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With Sucre's stolen base in the first, the Rays have multiple catchers with at least one in a season for the first time since 2014. Derek Norris previously swiped a bag in a 5-1 victory against the Yankees on April 5.
The Rays challenged a bang-bang play in the second in which Correa was ruled safe at first base on a sharp grounder to his counterpart Timothy Beckham at shortstop. Following a 49-second delay, the call was overturned and Correa was out.
Tampa Bay challenged another close play in the seventh on the grounds that Norichika Aoki did not beat a throw to first baseman Rickie Weeks Jr. on a grounder to Beckham. The call was upheld after a delay of two minutes, two seconds.
In the bottom of the frame, the Astros contested that Logan Morrison was hit by a pitch while his foot was out of the batter's box. After a delay of one minute, 56 seconds, the call on the field was confirmed and Morrison was awarded first base.
Astros: Houston will have a much-deserved off-day before traveling to Cleveland to begin a three-game set against the Indians on Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. CT. Ace Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.96) will face off against Josh Tomlin. Keuchel has never lost to Cleveland in his career, going 3-0 in five starts.
Rays: Chris Archer will make his fifth start when Tampa Bay hits the road to begin a three-game series against the Orioles on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards. After a 19-loss campaign in 2016, the right-hander has been solid atop the Rays' rotation so far, going 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA.
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Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Rays on Sunday.
Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday.