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Astros 5, Diamondbacks 4 (10)

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HOUSTON -- When Chris Carter stepped up to the plate with the game tied in the 10th inning, Houston manager Bo Porter wasn't thinking about his sub-.200 batting average and the fact that he had struck out twice Thursday night.

The only thing on Porter's mind was Carter's penchant for changing a game with one swing.

"He has the ability that when he steps into the batter's box he's in scoring position," Porter said.

Carter homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Astros a 5-4 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Carter, who homered twice on Wednesday, hit his 13th home run of the season into the Crawford Boxes in left field off J.J. Putz (1-1).

"We found out again tonight why we keep running him out there," Porter said of Carter, who has had an up-and-down year and is hitting only .199.

There was no doubt about the second game-ending homer of his career.

"As soon as I hit it I knew it was going to be out and started celebrating almost in the box," he said.

Putz lamented the pitch he threw to Carter.

"He put a pretty good swing on it," Putz said. "There's nothing else to say. I just didn't make the right pitch, I guess."

Miguel Montero tied it at 4 in the ninth with a home run to left field on the first pitch from closer Chad Qualls.

It was a game that last year's Houston team would have almost certainly lost. But players and staff alike agree that things are finally starting to turn around for this team that has lost 100-plus games in three straight seasons.

"It's been real exciting compared to last year, it's like night and day," Carter said. "Last year we lost a bunch of games and guys were down on themselves and it just kind of seemed like there was a really bad vibe and this year everyone's excited, jumping around, having fun."

Carlos Corporan had a two-run home run and Jon Singleton homered and drove in two runs for the Astros (31-37), who have won six of their last eight games.

Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out one in a scoreless 10th and earned the victory.

Singleton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and broke a 1-1 tie with his solo shot to right field in the third. Corporan extended Houston's lead to 4-1 with his home run to left field in the fourth.

Chris Owings hit a solo homer to get Arizona within 4-3 in the seventh inning.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was hit on the right hand by a pitch in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.

David Peralta singled for Arizona's first hit with one out in the third inning. Ender Inciarte reached on an error by Altuve that left Peralta at third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius to tie it at 1.

Enciarte was shaken up in that inning when he took a knee to the head from Jonathan Villar while stealing second base. He remained in the game but was replaced by Cody Ross in the bottom of the sixth as a precaution.

Springer had two nifty defensive plays. The first one came when he sprinted from right field to center and dived to make the catch on a ball hit by Owings for the first out of the fifth.

Springer made another excellent diving catch on a fly ball by Martin Prado to start a double play to end the eighth. Paul Goldschimdt was on second and had almost reached home when Springer caught it, allowing Villar to step on second base to end the inning.

The Astros celebrated "Drake Day" on Thursday with the Grammy Award-winning rapper attending the game and talking to students from the Astros Urban Youth Academy before the game. Each player came up to bat to music by the rapper and Singleton chose the tune "All Me."

Seconds after the music trailed off with one out in the third inning, Singleton caught all of a 90 mph fastball from Wade Miley and launched a towering homer into the second deck in right field to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

C. Corporan
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

D. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Didi Gregorius, 2B3101011 .261
Gerardo Parra, RF5000022 .265
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4020010 .311
Martin Prado, 3B5010014 .276
Miguel Montero, C4111022 .271
Aaron Hill, DH4000001 .246
Chris Owings, SS4111000 .269
David Peralta, LF-CF4130000 .372
Ender Inciarte, CF2000010 .205
   Cody Ross, LF2000002 .190
Wade Miley, P0000000 .222
   Randall Delgado, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Evan Marshall, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3748308  
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (27, Feldman)
HR - Miguel Montero (9, Qualls), Chris Owings (6, Feldman)
SF - Didi Gregorius (1)
RBI - Didi Gregorius (3), Miguel Montero (37), Chris Owings (19)
SB - Ender Inciarte 2 (4, 2nd base off Feldman/Corporan)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Marshall-Montero-Goldschmidt, Marshall-Montero-Goldschmidt-Prado-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley 5744282 4.71
Randall Delgado 1100100 6.67
Joe Thatcher 0.1000000 2.95
Evan Marshall 1.2100010 1.62
Brad Ziegler 1100200 2.55
J.J. Putz (L,1-1) 0111001 5.40
IBB - Singleton by Brad Ziegler
HBP - Altuve (by Randall Delgado)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 102-63, Randall Delgado 25-12, Joe Thatcher 4-3, Evan Marshall 14-11, Brad Ziegler 20-8, J.J. Putz 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 4-3, Evan Marshall 2-1, Brad Ziegler 2-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 24, Randall Delgado 6, Joe Thatcher 1, Evan Marshall 5, Brad Ziegler 5, J.J. Putz 1
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5130000 .287
Jose Altuve, 2B3020002 .319
   Marwin Gonzalez, PR-2B0000100 .269
George Springer, RF3010201 .259
Jon Singleton, 1B3112103 .250
Matt Dominguez, 3B5000034 .241
Chris Carter, DH5111022 .199
Robbie Grossman, LF3100110 .188
Carlos Corporan, C4132000 .225
Jonathan Villar, SS4000032 .200
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
Totals35511559  
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (21, Miley)
HR - Jon Singleton (3, Miley), Chris Carter (13, Putz), Carlos Corporan (5, Miley)
SF - Jon Singleton (1)
RBI - Jon Singleton 2 (9), Chris Carter (30), Carlos Corporan 2 (13)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - George Springer 1
DP - Springer-Villar
E - Jose Altuve (2, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Corporan (1, Interference)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 6.1432061 3.98
Darin Downs (H,4) 1100010 1.23
Josh Fields (H,3) 0.2100000 6.00
Chad Qualls (BS,2) 1211001 2.28
Tony Sipp (W,1-0) 1000010 2.51
WP - Scott Feldman (2)
HBP - Gregorius (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 94-60, Darin Downs 15-9, Josh Fields 8-5, Chad Qualls 13-9, Tony Sipp 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 7-7, Darin Downs 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-1, Tony Sipp 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 25, Darin Downs 4, Josh Fields 2, Chad Qualls 5, Tony Sipp 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33457
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter