Walk-off losses not a concern for Mills

Walk-off losses not a concern for Mills

LOS ANGELES -- The sight of an opposing team celebrating a walk-off win on its home field has become all too familiar for Astros manager Brad Mills this season.

Five of Houston's 14 road losses heading into Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers have come in the final at-bat. The most recent episode came Saturday, when Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis cranked a three-run homer in the ninth inning.

The losses may be deflating, but Mills is choosing to look at them in a more positive light.

"What does a walk-off loss mean -- No. 1, it means you were in the game all the way until the end," Mills said. "And that's what we want. We want to give ourselves a chance to win games and keep battling all the way until the end."

The Astros have been able to stay in games, but they haven't been able to win those tight contests on the road, posting a 2-8 mark in one-run road games. At home, they're 6-0 in such contests.

Mills emphasized his belief that those stats are purely the results of over-analysis and that they'd even out as the season goes on.

"Whether it's a mental thing or what, more than anything else, we're in that game and giving ourselves a chance to win games, and it's going to happen," Mills said. "These players are too good. We're going to get those hits and we're going to drive those runs in."