Marte and Beer help D-backs beat Astros 3-2 in 10 innings

PHOENIX (AP) — Ketel Marte robbed the game-ending sacrifice in the 10th inning after Seth Beer tied it with a single, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The game was full of missed chances for both teams – tied at 1 through nine innings – until each scratched through runs in the 10th.

The Diamondbacks got the better of the trade, falling behind at the top of the 10th before scoring two runs in Houston closer to Ryan Pressly (0-1).

The teams split the two-game series. The D-backs snapped a four-game skid despite leaving 14 runners on base.

Arizona’s Sergio Alcantara started the 10th inning in second and Jake McCarthy’s sacrificial bunt moved him up to third. Beer’s single across the infield shot passed Houston second baseman Jose Altuve to tie the game at 2-all. Geraldo Perdomo and Cooper Hummel followed with starts from Pressly to load the bases.

Marte hit a flyball deep left that Chas McCormick dropped, but it didn’t matter as a tag from Beer would have easily beaten the pitch.

The Astros looked like they could steal a win in the 10th.

Jeremy Peña was the automatic runner and Jason Castro walked before a fly ball passed by Arizona’s Jose Herrera allowed both runners to advance. Michael Brantley was intentionally walked and Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly brought Peña home for the 2-1 lead.

Merrill Kelly started for the Diamondbacks and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out six. He didn’t get much support on the run, which was a recurring problem for D-backs early in the season. Oliver Perez (1-1) got last on 10th.

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second after Ketel Marte was hit by a pitch on his right foot with the bases loaded, bringing Pavin Smith home. Plate umpire Jim Reynolds did not see the ball touch Marte, but a challenge from the D-backs confirmed that the ball had fumbled at Marte’s foot.

The Astros tied the game in the seventh when Martin Maldanado’s sacrifice fly brought McCormick home.

Houston starter Framber Valdez struggled with his command, needing 76 pitches to go three innings. He gave up a run despite two hits and five walks.


Arizona leadoff batter Cooper Hummel reached base five times, four times on walks and once on a single. Manager Torey Lovullo said the rookie’s ability to force long batting walks and coax walks is a big reason he made the roster.


Astros: OF Yordan Alvarez was out of the roster for the second straight day due to illness.


Astros: Houston is out on Thursday before continuing its trip to Seattle on Friday. The Astros are expected to start RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 4.50 ERA).

Diamondbacks: Arizona has the day off Thursday before its first trip of the season, starting with a three-game series against the Mets. RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 3.60) is expected to start Friday for the D-backs. He will face RHP Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.00).


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