Gerrit Cole was the recipient of this run support by the recently-struggling Astros' bats, as he improved to 11-5 by throwing six innings of one-run baseball. Cole struck out 12 without walking a batter, helping the Astros extend their AL West lead to two games. The Oakland Athletics fell to the Seattle Mariners in extra innings earlier in the day.
Evan Gattis also went deep twice, while Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot, as Houston earned their first win at Minute Maid Park since July 14th. Their five home runs on Wednesday were a season high, while they scored more runs on this night than their last four games combined.
This game also featured Carlos Correa snapping out of a personal slump, as he connected with a three-run double. Correa had been 1 for 15 since coming off of the disabled list last Friday. Houston is still without the reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers got it done in extra innings to snap their skid with a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. Recently-acquired second baseman Brian Dozier had the walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, helping the Dodgers snap their five-game losing streak. They were helped out by the Astros, as they pulled in to a tie for second place in the NL West with the Rockies, just a game and a half behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants rallied from a late deficit to force extras on Andrew McCutchen's game-tying three-run home run in the eighth inning. Although, the Dodgers' relievers threw four scoreless innings from there to give their team a chance to earn the walk-off victory.
Hyun-Jin Ryu made his return from the disabled list for Los Angeles and threw six scoreless innings in his first start in three months. Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, and Manny Machado all had RBIs to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, but McCutchen's 14th home run erased that.
Pedro Baez threw two scoreless innings in extra innings to earn his fourth win out of the bullpen. The Dodgers are just two games over .500 at home, but still sit eight games over overall to continue to contend in the NL West. They will enjoy Thursday off before beginning a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.