Rain delay opens the floodgates in wild eighth

Game briefly halted by showers, Astros go on to score 11 in inning

May 29th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Not even a brief rain delay could slow down the Astros' vaunted offense Monday afternoon.

Just as the Astros were in the midst of an 11-run outburst in the eighth inning that wiped out a six-run deficit to stun the Twins, 16-8, at Target Field, the offense brushed aside the frustrations that came from a 10-minute rain delay and continued to pound the ball when the skies cleared.

The Astros sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth to take a 13-8 lead in their biggest inning since scoring 11 runs in the sixth inning against the Cardinals on July 18, 1994. They had eight hits in the inning, including a two-run double by that gave them a 9-8 lead and a three-run homer by that capped the outburst.

"It was definitely fun to be able to score all those runs in the eighth inning and have fun out there," said Astros shortstop , who scored twice in the eighth following a single and a walk. "I remember telling myself in my mind, 'Man, I'm not used to playing games like this, getting blown out so early.' Obviously, it showed we have the confidence in each other and be able to bounce back and be able to come through."

The Astros came back from three different 5-0 deficits to win games earlier this year, but it was the first time in their history they wiped out a six-run lead after the seventh inning to win, according to Elias Sports.

"That was pretty fun, especially the way guys swung the bat," Reddick said. "It was fantastic. I was just happy to be on base for it all."

It had been raining on and off throughout Monday's game, and when the umpires called for the tarp during an eighth-inning shower the Astros weren't too pleased. They had already scored four runs in the inning to get within two, 8-6, and was at the plate with a 2-0 count, two outs and runners at first and third.

"It was weird," Springer said. "I never had that happen before. Yeah, I guess I was upset. I was up ahead in the count, but I'm not going to complain about it. It is what it is. It was out of control. It was crazy."

When play resumed, Springer singled home to make it 8-7, and Springer scored from first with the go-ahead run on Reddick's two-run double, pumping his fist after he slid past home plate.

"We were all pretty upset about it, considering two innings before that we had played through what seemed like twice as bad as that rain," Reddick said of the delay. "Very frustrating. We felt like the momentum was being drug away from us, but I don't think we'll change it for the world."