Jose Altuve belted a grand slam in the 10th inning and the Houston Astros, saved by Carlos Correa’s tying homer in the ninth, beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday night to give manager Dusty Baker quite an exciting birthday gift.
After Texas drove in the automatic runner in the top of the 10th for a 3-2 lead, Rangers rookie reliever Demarcus Evans (0-2) walked Myles Straw and pinch-hitter Jason Castro to load the bases with no outs in the bottom half.
Altuve then launched his soaring shot into left field to put the Astros on top and start the party.
Altuve was doused with water at home plate before sharing a hug with Baker, who celebrated his 72nd birthday.
Correa hit a solo homer to the opposite field shot with two outs and two strikes in the ninth off Josh Sborz, making it 2-all.
Nate Lowe’s RBI single off Ryan Pressly (3-1) with two outs in the 10th put the Rangers up.