Daulton Varsho’s 2-run home run in 10th inning lifts D-backs over Astros

Sep 18, 2021, 8:53 PM | Updated: 8:53 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho, right, hits a two-run home run as Houston Astros catcher Mart...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho, right, hits a two-run home run as Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado looks on during the 10th inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single and Daulton Varsho homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks scored three runs in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Calhoun hit a run-scoring single off Yimi García (3-9) through the right side of the drawn-in infield to give Arizona the lead in the 10th. Varsho followed with a two-run homer to center, extending the lead to 6-3.

Tyler Clippard allowed an RBI single by Jason Castro to lead off the 10th, but induced a fielder’s choice groundout by José Altuve before walking Alex Bregman. After Yordan Álvarez grounded out, putting runners on second and third, Clippard got a flyout from Yuli Gurriel to end it and earn his sixth save.

J.B. Wendelken (3-2) pitched a perfect ninth for the win as Arizona snapped a four-game skid.

Arizona got to Houston starter Lance McCullers, Jr. for three runs in the fourth.

After David Peralta scored on a fielding error by Gurriel, Christian Walker hit an RBI double, and Pavin Smith followed with an RBI single, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead.

Álvarez hit a two-run homer to center to give the Astros a 2-0 lead in the first. Carlos Correa hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 3-all in the sixth.

McCullers yielded three runs — two earned — on seven hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Arizona starter Humberto Castellanos permitted three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in five innings.


D-backs RHP Zac Gallen (2-10 4.44) will start Sunday looking to end a three-game losing streak.

Astros RHP — and former Diamondback — Zack Greinke (11-6, 3.94) will start Sunday looking to end his recent struggles, as well. Greinke is 0-3 in his last three starts, allowing 16 runs over 15 innings in those outings.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. Catch all the action on ESPN 620 AM or 98.7 FM HD-2.

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