- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Tampa Bay’s bullpen faltered for the second straight night and it led to yet another loss.

Rookie Carlos Correa homered and his RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Houston Astros a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night.

Colby Rasmus walked with one out in the 13th and advanced to third on a single by Jose Altuve off Matt Andriese (3-3), who was called up from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. Correa’s grounder to right field with two outs in the inning scored Rasmus to give Houston the victory.

“Couple of balls that find a hole, put a runner in scoring position and Correa made a good swing at a ball,” Andriese said.

It was the second straight extra-inning win for the Astros who beat the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night on a homer by Marwin Gonzalez in the 10th.

The Rays have lost five of their last six games.

“They’re tough losses,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Losses are losses. Whether they come in the 10th, they come in the 13th or they come in the ninth. They all count the same. I don’t think there’s any sense of desperation at all.”

Josh Fields (4-1) got the last two outs of the 13th for the win.

Neither team got a hit in the 10th and 11th innings. They both got one in the 12th, but were unable to do anything more.

The Astros tied it 2-2 on a single by Evan Gattis off All-Star closer Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning. The blown save came after he took the loss in Tuesday night’s game.

Cash isn’t overly concerned about Boxberger’s recent struggles.

“I think they found some holes,” Cash said. “That’s going to happen. When it rains, it pours. That’s kind of where he’s at right now. He’ll regroup, bounce right back and if the opportunity presents itself and he’s good to go, he’ll be out there tomorrow.”

Correa launched his two-out solo homer to the seats in left field to make it 1-0 in the first.

The Rays had trouble stringing hits together against Dallas Keuchel until the seventh. Logan Forsythe singled to start the inning and scored on Tim Beckham’s triple to center field with one out to tie it at 1-all. Fans booed loudly when he scored, still upset about a play before his single when they thought a fan interfered with Luis Valbuena’s chance to catch his foul ball.

James Loney’s one-out sacrifice fly to right field sent Beckham dashing home. The throw was offline but he didn’t realize it and he leapt over a diving Hank Conger on the way to the plate to put the Rays on top.

Rookie Nathan Karns allowed six hits and one run with eight strikeouts in six innings. It was the 18th start where he allowed two or fewer runs, which ties a franchise rookie record set by Rolando Arrojo in 1998.

Keuchel yielded seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 7-plus innings.

Lowrie singled after Correa’s homer, but the Astros didn’t get more than one hit in an inning until the ninth.


Rays: LHP Jake McGee traveled to Tampa on Wednesday and was scheduled to see a doctor on Thursday morning after injuring his left knee on Tuesday night. “He felt it on the second to last pitch of the outing,” Cash said. “We’re hopeful that it’s not something that’s too bad.”

Astros: OF Carlos Gomez was out of the lineup on Wednesday dealing with a cough and other flu-like symptoms. Manager A.J. Hinch hopes he’ll be able to return on Thursday.


Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (10-9, 2.92) opposes Collin McHugh (13-6, 4.09) when the series wraps up Thursday. Archer looks to bounce back from his last start where he allowed 11 hits and eight runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 12-4 loss to Texas.

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