Carlos Correa hit a pinch-hit three-run shot in the top of the 13th inning as the Astros beat the Angels 8-6 on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim.
Correa had been stuck in an offensive rut and was supposed to get a mental day of rest in the series finale at Angel Stadium, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch called for him to bat for Tony Kemp with two outs in the 13th after Tyler White and Marwin Gonzalez singled against Anaheim reliever Mike Morin. Correa did his thing, jacking a three-run, go-ahead shot to left-center. The star 21-year-old shortstop has 30 homers and 93 RBI through his first 149 major league games. (He also has 22 career steals).
Nick Tropeano allowed four earned runs over five innings Sunday as the Angels fell to the Astros.
Tropeano escaped with a no-decision in the 13-inning affair. He walked five and gave up seven hits, watching his WHIP rise to 1.55. The 25-year-old right-hander still holds an impressive 3.25 ERA and he's whiffed a batter per inning, but he is nothing more than a matchup-to-matchup streamer in standard fantasy leagues. Tropeano will face the Pirates in Pittsburgh next.
Doug Fister gave up three runs -- one earned -- over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Angels.
Houston won in 13 innings to take two of three games in the weekend series. Fister yielded a solo shot to Kole Calhoun in the bottom of the first before giving up messy runs in the fifth and sixth. The right-hander has been in a groove since early May and is now sporting a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 60 2/3 innings with Houston. He's never going to rack up strikeouts, but he should remain valuable in the rate stats department. Fister gets the A's at home next.
Diamondbacks recalled RHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Reno.
He will debut for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros. Escobar posted underwhelming numbers in the minor leagues and should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Diamondbacks optioned OF Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Reno.
He was only with the club for a few days as an extra bench bat while the club sorted out their rotation. Fantasy owners will have to wait until there's an opening for everyday at-bats before he'll have any mixed leagues value.
Rich Hill was diagnosed with a mild groin strain after leaving Sunday's start against the Tigers.
Hill was forced to make an early exit from another strong outing on Sunday. A's manager Bob Melvin was unsure if the veteran left-hander would be able to make his next start, but for now it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is coming. Hill will be reevaluated by the club's medical team on Monday.
Kevin Jepsen allowed two runs but was able to earn his sixth save Sunday against the Mariners.
Nelson Cruz hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning with the host Mariners trailing 5-2, but that quickly got erased when Kyle Seager grounded into a double play. Adam Lind followed with a two-out single and then Franklin Gutierrez socked a two-out, two-run homer to deep center. Jepsen was left in to face pinch-hitter Dae Ho Lee and struck him out on three pitches to end the growing threat. He has an unsightly 5.91 ERA for the year, but Jepsen's job seems safe for now.
Ricky Nolasco held the Mariners to two earned runs in six innings Sunday for his second win.
It was the best start in five weeks for Nolasco, who dropped his ERA from 5.54 to 5.28. He struck out seven, issued only one walk, and only gave up three hits. Nolasco will try to stay in this groove for his next scheduled start at home against the Rays. He can't be trusted yet in standard mixed fantasy leagues.