Brennan’s double in 14th gives Guardians 10-9 win over Astros
CLEVELAND — Will Brennan doubled home Tyler Freeman immediately after Freeman’s RBI double in the 14th inning, and the Cleveland Guardians outlasted the Houston Astros 10-9 on Friday night.
The Guardians fell behind 4-0 in the second inning and never led until Brennan’s game-ending hit. Cleveland tied it at 5-5, 6-6, 7-7 and 8-8, but Houston pushed back ahead by one run each time.
The Astros made it 9-8 in the 14th when Kyle Tucker singled in automatic runner Jose Altuve for the second time in three innings. Josh Naylor also scored twice in extra innings after starting the frame on second base, including the tying run in the 14th.
Xzavion Curry (3-0) pitched one inning for the Guardians, who played their major league-high 30th one-run game, while Seth Martinez (1-2) worked the final 3 1/3 innings for the Astros.
The 4-hour, 3-minute game was the longest of the season for either team.
Steven Kwan singled home David Fry in the 13th for Cleveland after Mauricio Dubón’s run-scoring double gave the Astros an 8-7 in the top half.
Both teams also scored in the 12th with Houston going up 7-6 on Tucker’s RBI single that plated Altuve, and Cleveland extending the game when Naylor scored on a throwing error by shortstop Jeremy Pena.
Rookie Yainer Diaz gave Houston a 6-5 lead in the eighth with a sacrifice fly, but Naylor’s two-out, two-strike double off the left-field wall in the ninth scored Jose Ramirez against Astros closer Ryan Pressly.
Cleveland trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, when it scored three times against Astros starter Cristian Javier. Ramirez’s solo homer in the seventh knotted it at 5-all, giving him four home runs in a two-game span.
Before the game, Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who leads the majors with 55 RBIs, was placed on the 10-day IL with right oblique discomfort.
The 25-year-old outfielder was hurt Thursday and returned to Houston for additional evaluation.
Pena had his second career four-hit game and Jose Abreu belted a three-run homer in the first off Logan Allen.
It was Abreu’s second blast since May 28, when he ended a 51-game homerless drought to begin his first season with Houston.
The Guardians got within 5-4 in the fifth thanks to consecutive doubles by Myles Straw, Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario.
Ramirez went 3 for 4 with two runs and three walks, one night after he hit three homers. He became the first Cleveland player with four homers and five extra-base hits over two games since Travis Hafner in 2004.
Javier, who had won five straight starts, tied his season high with four runs allowed over five innings. The right-hander struck out two, his fewest since 2021.
READY AND WILLING
Astros 2B Mauricio Dubón filled in for Alvarez in left field. Dubón is in his fifth year in the majors, but has only made seven starts in left — all since being acquired by Houston on May 14, 2022.
“I’m a good athlete, so I know I’ll be good out there,” he said. “I just like being in the lineup.”
Rookie C Cesar Salazar was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land.
Astros: 2B Dixon Machado (right meniscus) had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The 31-year-old attended spring training with Houston before being optioned to Sugar Land.
Guardians: RHP Cody Morris (right shoulder strain), who has been on the IL all season, will make two more rehab appearances for Triple-A Columbus before being activated. Manager Terry Francona said Morris will be used as a reliever in Cleveland.
Astros RHP J.P. France (1-1, 3.44 ERA) takes on Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0, 0.00) in the second game of the three-game set. McKenzie struck out 10 over five scoreless innings in his season debut June 4 at Minnesota.