Kyle Tucker slapped a two-run, walk-off single to center field and the host Houston Astros capped a stunning six-run rally with a four-run ninth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Wednesday.
Houston completed its three-game interleague sweep of the Cubs by rallying against Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson, first with a Yainer Diaz leadoff single. Jake Meyers followed with a two-run homer to left field that cut the deficit to 6-5, and when pinch hitter Mauricio Dubon followed with a walk, Brandon Hughes (0-2) entered in relief of Thompson.
The Astros kept the rally going, however, with a Jeremy Pena double and an intentional walk to Alex Bregman that loaded the bases. Two batters later, Tucker plated Pena and Bregman for the win.
Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Astros scratched across a pair of runs off Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr. Pena tripled to right-center field leading off the frame and scored when Bregman followed with a double for his third hit of the game. Bregman scored two batters later when Jose Abreu delivered a single that sliced the deficit to three runs.
Seiya Suzuki finished 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs for the Cubs. His solo homer in the first inning capped a three-run frame off Astros rookie right-hander J.P. France. Suzuki added a two-run blast off France in the third, driving in Ian Happ while extending the Cubs’ lead to 5-1.
After homering in his final at-bat on Tuesday, Suzuki drilled a 1-1 slider 386 feet to left field, following a Happ sacrifice fly to push the Cubs to a 2-0 lead. Dansby Swanson opened the scoring with his RBI triple to right-center, plating Christopher Morel, who worked a leadoff walk.
Happ opened the third inning with a double to right and Suzuki followed with another homer to left, this one covering 371 feet. Suzuki again pounced on a slider from France and matched his career high of three RBIs, accomplished four times previously.
The Cubs pounded France throughout his abbreviated stint, tallying six runs on nine hits and two walks. Seven hits went for extra-bases with Morel adding his fifth home run with one out in the fourth. France departed three batters later after Happ doubled and Suzuki walked.
Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly entered with a streak of seven consecutive starts allowing two runs or fewer. He retired 12 consecutive batters during one stretch, a run stalled by a two-out error on third baseman Patrick Wisdom that allowed Meyers to reach in the bottom of the fifth.
The Astros struck for a pair of hits against Smyly in the first, including a solo home run from Bregman that cut the deficit to 3-1. Smyly did not allow another baserunner to reach scoring position until the sixth when Tucker doubled with two outs and Bregman on first base.
Happ played the carrom off the scoreboard in left perfectly and erased Bregman at home for the final out of the frame.
Smyly allowed one run on four hits and had eight strikeouts in six innings.
–Field Level Media
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