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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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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