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Castro's triple in 10th sparks Astros to win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 12:09 am •  Published: April 13, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robbie Grossman is finding his stroke, and the Houston Astros are benefiting from his new-found power.

Grossman hit a two-out, three-run home run capped a five-run fourth inning, and Houston beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday night.

The long ball comes two days after he snapped a 25 at-bat hitless skid with a two-run drive in Houston's win at Toronto.

"You have to have confidence in your ability, especially in the big leagues," Grossman said. "This game is too hard not to."

Jason Castro tripled with one out in the 10th, and Jose Altuve had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to score the run that helped Houston end a 12-game skid against their state rival.

Marwin Gonzalez, running for Castro, scored on Altuve's fly off Rangers closer Joakim Soria (1-1).

"That was a big, big, big hit for Robbie," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He continues to swing the bat. I told him, 'It ain't going to last for long (his slump). Just keep swinging.'"

Michael Choice hit his first career homer in the ninth to tie it as Texas rallied in the eighth and the ninth to send the teams into extra innings for the second straight night.

Kevin Chapman (1-0) allowed Choice's tying homer but was the winning pitcher. Anthony Bass pitched the 10th for his second save. Texas put runners on first and third with one out in the ninth before Bass struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff and got Choice to ground out to first base.

Shin-Soo Choo came into the game having reached base 12 of his previous 16 plate appearances but struck out all five times up, including with the winning run at second base with two out in the ninth.

Houston starter Jarred Cosart shut down Texas after allowing three runs in the first four innings, limiting the Rangers to six hits while striking out a career-high eight in seven innings.

"The knock last year was the walks were too high and the strikeouts were too low," Cosart said. "It's something I really worked on in spring training."

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