O's Stun Astros, Stop 8-game Streak
Alvarez' 3-HR Night Keys 23-2 Beatdown

Sanchez: Touches with history
(c) Associated Press
Rio Ruiz, a supplemental draft pick of the Astros who was later dealt to the Marlins in a trade that sent Jake Marisnick to Houston, got a little taste of revenge Sunday as his two-out, two-run walk-off homer against Roberto Osuna, gave Baltimore an 8-7 comeback to snap their own losing skid at five and stop Houston's winning streak at eight.

A three-run ninth-inning rally put Houston ahead, 7-5. Michael Brantley tripled then scored on an error as it seemed Houston had cheated death but Osuna allowed a double and a hit batter before Chris Davis smacked a sacrifice fly to inch the Orioles within a run. Ruiz drilled a 2-2 pitch beyond the right field fence for the game-winner.

Justin Verlander fanned eleven but left after five innings, giving up nine hits and four runs. Chris Devenski gave up a fifth run before the ninth-inning dramatics.

The loss was the only blemish in the past week, a week where records were falling like snowflakes. On Saturday, The Astros set a new mark for runs scored with 23 in a Camden Yard Massacre, 23-2. The 21-run margin of victory also set a new franchise mark. Houston tied their club record for most hits in a game (25) set in 1976.

Leading the barrage was rookie slugging star Yordan Alvarez who smoked three home runs and drove in seven, including a grand slam. Overall, the Astros clubbed six homers, tying another club record. Aaron Sanchez has made just two starts as an Astro since coming from Toronto in a deadline trade yet both are ones for the history books - this one and his previous start which was a combined no-hitter over Seattle.

With their wings clipped just a little, the 77-41 Spacemen stop in Chicago for a three-game set with the White Sox. Zack Greinke (11-4) will take the hill for the 7:10 pm Central opener against Dylan Cease (2-4) who will try to desist Houston's red hot bats.

Gerrit Cole (14-5) starts Tuesday's 7:10 pm Central contest against Ivan Nova (7-9) while Wade Miley (11-4) returns to challenge Ryan Detwiler (1-3) in a battle of lefthanders in Wednesday's 1:10 pm Central getaway finale. From there, this coast-to-coast road trip with no days off continues to Oakland for four games.

Sunday's setback dropped Houston's lead over the A's to 10 games.

- Bob Hulsey