Astros deny Cubs in 12th

Hous­ton ral­lies in top half, then halts Chicago up­ris­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Both bullpens were spent, runs were scarce and the Hous­ton Astros had trou­ble mak­ing a quick get­away Wed­nes­day. That’s OK. They’ll take it. Their 12-in­ning vic­tory over the Chicago Cubs made it all worth it.

“It did take a while,” man­ager Brad Mills said af­ter the 4-3 vic­tory. “We kept bat­tling. In a game like this our bullpen was on fumes.”

Pinch-hit­ter Ja­son Michaels de­liv­ered a two-out, two-run dou­ble in the 12th and scored on An­gel Sanchez’s sin­gle, giv­ing the Astros a 4-1 lead. They needed all of it af­ter Geo­vany Soto hit a two-run homer off Gus­tavo Chacin in the bot­tom half.

Ryan The­riot fol­lowed Soto’s 13th homer with a base hit and pinch-hit­ter Jeff Baker walked be­fore Tyler Colvin lined out to right, giv­ing Chacin his first ca­reer save.

The Astros took two of three in the se­ries at Wrigley Field, bounc­ing back af­ter Tues­day’s 14-7 loss that fea­tured 13 unan­swered runs by the Cubs and a three-homer night by Chicago slug­ger Aramis Ramirez.

“To get that se­ries win feels great,” Michaels said. “Two outs, sec­ond and third, I was just try­ing to have a good at­bat and get my­self in po­si­tion. … I got lucky and found the gap.”

Hous­ton tied it at 1 in the eighth. Pinch-hit­ter Pe­dro Feliz led off with a drive into the left-field bleach­ers off Chicago starter Ted Lilly.

“I feel it cost us the game,” Lilly said.

Af­ter the teams com­bined for 37 runs in the first two games of the se­ries, the fi­nale was a con­trast for most of the day with a light wind blow­ing in at Wrigley Field as Lilly and Brett My­ers locked up in a pitch­ers’ duel.

My­ers al­lowed five hits in seven in­nings, in­clud­ing Lilly’s sin­gle in the fifth that snapped the pitcher’s skid at 0 for 33 dat­ing to last sea­son. Lilly mo­tored all the way from first to score on Star­lin Cas­tro’s two-out dou­ble to left field.

Paul Beaty

Hous­ton’s Pe­dro Feliz, right, is greeted at home plate by Ja­son Bour­geois af­ter hit­ting a solo home run in the eighth in­ning to tie the game at 1-1. Hous­ton went on to win 4-3 in 12 in­nings.

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