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Astros walk off with sweep

Astros rookie and former Jesuit standout Lance McCullers pitches seven effective innings in his duel with Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Astros rookie and former Jesuit standout Lance McCullers pitches seven effective innings in his duel with Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Published Aug. 24, 2015

HOUSTON — Star rookie Carlos Correa and the AL West-leading Astros were feeling pretty confident Sunday after sweeping the Dodgers, who lead the NL West.

"We are a first-place team and the atmosphere here (is) we are the best team in baseball," Correa said.

Jason Castro's solo homer in the 10th inning lifted Houston to a 3-2 victory that completed the sweep.

The Astros are four games ahead of the Rangers after going 7-3 during this homestand.

There was one out in the 10th when Castro connected off Chris Hatcher, launching a 96 mph fastball into the first row of seats in leftfield. The play was reviewed and confirmed.

It was Houston's fourth last at-bat win in the past eight games and its third in extra innings in that span.

"We've been in so many of them this year, it's just that mentality that we're comfortable playing from behind late," Castro said. "I think that's an attribute that's going to serve us well going forward in the playoffs … we don't give up."

Kenley Jansen, who had converted 17 straight save opportunities, allowed a leadoff single to Correa in the ninth before the Astros tied it on a two-out RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez.