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Astros look to turn around fortunes in extra innings

Astros look to turn around fortunes in extra innings

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Astros look to turn around fortunes in extra innings
HOUSTON -- With their second extra-innings loss in as many days on Tuesday night, the 2012 Astros joined the 1969 Expos in baseball infamy.

No other teams have ever started a season with an 0-11 record in extra-innings games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Astros manager Brad Mills knows his team needs to perform better in extras. The Astros haven't scored a run beyond the ninth inning this season.

"I don't think it's all fluke," Mills said.

On Monday, the Astros lost to the Nationals after poorly handling a sacrifice-bunt attempt in the 11th inning. Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina made a highlight-reel catch to crush the Astros' 12th-inning walk-off bid on Tuesday.

"We're hoping some of that random happenings start heading our way a little bit," Mills said. "I've always been a firm believer that the way you play -- the at-bats you have, the pitches you make, the way you play the game -- you allow those random happenings to start moving your direction."

The Astros don't have a walk-off victory this season.

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