SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Matt Downs delivered a go-ahead single with one out in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros beat the stumbling San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday to salvage a four-game split.
Jose Altuve got things going with a one-out double against Ramon Ramirez (2-3) and Downs followed with a single up the middle. Altuve was forced into action after slugger Carlos Lee left in the top of the ninth with a sprained right ankle sustained sliding into second on a double.
Mark Melancon (7-4) pitched the 10th and got the win despite allowing Mark DeRosa’s tying single. David Carpenter finished for his first career save.
The reigning World Series champions fell to 3 ½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West race after Arizona beat the Padres 6-1.
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