For a change it was the Astros celebrating in the ninth inning, scoring four runs in a 5-3 come from behind victory over in-state rival Texas Rangers. In a night the Astros played well but looked like they were going to come up short, surprised the Rangers and hard throwing closer Neftali Feliz, who had his worst outing of the year, with the big comeback in the ninth.
The scoring started with a double by Chris Johnson that brought Carlos Lee home. Johnson soon followed Lee home on a passed ball by Rangers’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba. This tied up the game at three but Matt Downs had something to say as he blasted a two run homer bringing Jason Michaels around to finish up Feliz’s night and the Astros’ scoring.
Brett Myers didn’t get the win tonight but had his second straight strong performance. On Friday night, he threw the Astros first complete game of the season against the Dodgers, only allowing two earned runs. He put together another strong performance, against a stronger offense, giving up only two runs in six innings and striking out six. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come from Myers for the rest of the season. At the very least, it should increase his trade value.