HOUSTON — It isn’t very often that Alex Bregman whiffs on two straight fastballs, so when he did so in the ninth inning on Wednesday it left Houston’s third baseman a bit upset.
Fortunately for the Astros, the Albuquerque native took out that aggression on the next pitch, connecting for a two-run homer that completed a big rally to lift Houston to a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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It was Bregman’s third straight game with a homer and it capped a huge comeback for the Astros, who trailed 5-0 in the middle of the first inning after a terrible start by Dallas Keuchel.
The Astros trailed by one when Tony Kemp singled off Ryan Tepera (5-3) with no outs in the ninth and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then with one out in the inning, Bregman sent a fastball to left field, where it bounced off the wall above the Crawford Boxes, to give Houston the victory.
“That was the first guy I’ve swung and missed two straight fastballs on this year I think besides (Luis) Severino,” Bregman said. “So it kind of ticked me off.”
Manager A.J. Hinch wasn’t surprised that Bregman came through for his team.
“For him to be able to stay calm in the moment, we’ve seen this — Alex Bregman, game on the line, ice in his veins,” Hinch said.
Bregman also doubled twice on Wednesday after hitting a homer and doubling three times in a win on Tuesday night.
Will Harris (3-3) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth and earned the victory on Bregman’s blast.
According to ESPN, Bregman’s three walk-off hits this year lead the majors.
“I don’t know how many hits Bregman had this series but he had too many,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.