Game 10: Late rally snaps losing skid
The fact: The Astros rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Blue Jays, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).
What we learned: LHP Rudy Owens knows he’s getting a great opportunity to impress the staff by getting to start two games so far in Grapefruit League play, and he made the most of it Sunday by going three innings and allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two against the Jays. He was roughed up in his previous outing Tuesday.
“I knew today was a big day for me,” he said. “I needed to show up and I did. I’m happy that they’re letting me start games. This is my first year actually being able to throw in a game to start and it feels pretty good. It’s comfortable. I’m not used to throwing out of the bullpen. Being able to start the game feels normal. I like it.”
Player of the game: C Jason Castro. After scuffling at the plate to start the spring, Castro went 2-for-3 on Sunday and belted his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot.
What went wrong: RHP Anthony Bass, who was in the mid-90s with his fastball and upper 80s with his slider, struggled in his one inning of work by allowing four hits and two runs. … LHP Raul Valdes didn’t pitch well, giving up two hits and a run in one inning. … 1B Jonathan Singleton went 0-for-3 to fall to 0-for-15 for the season, and RF George Springer went 0-for-3 to fall to 1-for-13 (.077).
Notable: DH Chris Carter, who crushed a pair of balls on Saturday, including his first home run, kept it up Sunday by going 2-for-3 with no strikeouts. … IF Marwin Gonzalez and C Carlos Perez had RBI hits in the eighth inning. … LHP Kevin Chapman added to his fine spring with a one-inning outing. RHP Matt Albers and RHP Peter Moylan also threw an inning each.
Quotable: “I felt like we played a complete game today. Good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. Marwin with the big double late in the game, [and] I felt like the pitchers did a good job with the tempo and attacking the strike zone. It was good to see a clean game.”— Astros manager Bo Porter.
Up next: The rotation turns over with right-hander Lucas Harrell getting the start when the Astros return to Viera, Fla., to play the Nationals at 5:05 p.m. CT at Space Coast Stadium. Harrell has pitched five innings in two starts, allowing four hits and one run. Following him to the mound will be Mike Foltynewicz, Peter Moylan, Josh Fields and Josh Zeid.
Injuries: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse Crain (biceps tendon surgery recovery).
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