Roughnecks 32, Dragons 23

5 takeaways From The 5-0 Roughnecks

A Slow Start: No score to start for the Roughnecks first possession of the game. That's something you don't hear too often here in Houston, with the Roughnecks at least.

PJ Walker made it a point to look for his favorite target, Cam Phillips, early in the game. He managed to finally connect with Phillips later in the half. However, the momentum shifting play was a completed 20 yard catch by Khalil Lewis. After this, all of the receivers took their turn with deep catches to move the chains. Nick Holley was the first Roughneck in the end zone followed by James Butler. Blake Jackson and Sam Mobley also made some moves.

Offense Struggles: The O Line looked shaky the first quarter. A turnover in the red zone early in the game was the worst possible outcome. Just kidding, the touchdown Seattle was able to score off of the turnover was definitely worse. A missed 52 yard field goal attempt made this half a little less easy to watch.

Run Game: The Roughnecks run game is starting to pick up as each week progresses. With the combination of James Butler and now Andre Williams they combined for a total of 106 yards today against the Dragons.

Defense: ……..Um. Yeah. The first half? Not so much. Second half the Roughnecks finally stepped up. The guys were doing their best to hold it down. The goal line defense was clutch for the most part. The big concern is still is stopping the run. With the mix up of BJ Daniels and running back Trent Williams, Seattle's offense looked better than expected.

Attendance: The boys were back home and the fans made sure they knew the support was still there. TDECU Stadium was still rockin' bringing in as many if not more than they did opening weekend.

Your Houston Roughnecks play at New York against the Guardians next Saturday at 1p.m. on ABC.

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McCullers Jr. out-pitched friend and former teammate Dallas Keuchel on Father's Day. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

McCullers Jr. gives up two over six

That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

Astros complete the sweep to jump on top of the standings

Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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