HOUSTON — Star rookie Carlos Correa and the AL West-leading Houston Astros were feeling pretty confident Sunday after sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers, who barely are hanging on in a weak 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 the Astros to a 3-2 victory that completed the sweep on Sunday. The Astros are four games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the division after going 7-3 during this homestand.
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.
The Dodgers were swept by the Astros for the first time since May of 2008 and have dropped a season-high five straight overall. It was a series that started with Houston’s Mike Fiers throwing a no-hitter in a 3-0 win on Friday.
Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and one run with 10 strikeouts in eight innings for his 10th double-digit strikeout game this season. He is 5-0 in his last nine starts and hasn’t lost since June 27.
“I hope we’re panicking a little bit,” Kershaw said. “I think panic’s a good thing to a certain extent. It’s obvious we’ve got five weeks or whatever it is, too. So, there’s a sense of urgency. Maybe that’s better to say than panic. I feel like we’ve got to start playing like that. Not to say we haven’t, but it’s definitely time to start thinking that way.”
Chase Utley doubled and scored in the first for the Dodgers. A.J. Ellis did the same in the fifth to make it 2-0.
Yasiel Puig was ejected for arguing with the umpire after he struck out looking for the second out of the ninth inning.