HOUSTON -- Make no mistake about it, things aren’t pretty for the Houston Astros.
They have the worst record in baseball and are barreling toward their second straight 100-loss season.
But on Friday night this terrible team walked off the field winners after a dramatic ninth-inning rally for a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brian Bogusevic’s RBI single in the ninth inning capped the Astros’ two-run rally.
It was the first win this season for Houston in its last at-bat and breaks a five-game losing streak. It was Houston’s first walk-off win since last Sept. 26, according to STATS LLC.
"It was a good feeling. They’re fun and when you wait this long for one it’s really fun," Bogusevic said of walk-off wins. "It’s been a long time since we’ve had some good things happen for us. We’ve played a lot of close games but haven’t come out with wins."
The Astros won for the fifth time in 39 games. The only team since 1900 to lose at least 35 times in a 39-game span was the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics, who finished 36-117 under Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack, according to STATS.
Wilton Lopez (4-1) struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for the win.
Houston manager Brad Mills has talked day after day about wanting to see his team be rewarded for its improvement. He couldn’t stop smiling after the National League’s youngest team finally was.
"It was just good for them to get something for it," he said. "The coaches have been doing a great job of keeping the guys upbeat. The guys were just thrilled to death, and it’s nice to see, no doubt."
The Brewers have lost 10 straight on the road for the first time since 1992.
Houston trailed 3-2 entering the ninth. Brett Wallace walked with no outs and was replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Greene, who was making his Astros debut after being acquired in a trade with St. Louis on Thursday.
He stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch by John Axford (4-7), who was charged with his eighth blown save.
"I don’t know if I’ll keep using (Axford) there or not," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Maybe depending on the matchups, we’ll give him a chance. We thought this was a good opportunity to get him in there and get him back to the guy that we know he is."
Steve Pearce’s RBI single to center tied it at 3.
"You could tell something good was going to happen," Pearce said of Houston’s momentum growing in the ninth. "You could see the body language of the pitcher, the crowd, and you could feel it coming."
Pearce advanced to second on the play on an error by centerfielder Carlos Gomez.
Gomez made up for his miscue when he made a running, over-the-shoulder catch on a long fly ball to deep center by Scott Moore.