"I play like that because I want to help the team win every time," he said.
Villar took advantage of Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen's inattentiveness and easily stole home to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. Villar crept off the base as Chen stared toward first base from the stretch position and was two-thirds of the way down the line before even attracting his attention.
"Sometimes, the pitcher, he never looks," Villar said. "He watches first base. On his first move, I did a fake and he didn't move. I said, 'OK, I'm going to steal.' I was watching the manager and checking his face. He said, 'You got it.'"
Villar said he stole home plate eight times while playing in the Phillies system in 2010.
"He's a baseball player," manager Bo Porter said. "He's very intuitive to what's going on, he pays attention to detail and he's not afraid. He's not afraid to make a mistake, which also allows him to play the game at a really high speed."
"That was embarrassing and that's a lesson I need to learn," Chen said. "I looked down and I had no clue he was going to home. The only thing I was really concentrated on was home plate. So, that's why."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.