Astros complete sweep of Mariners for ninth straight win

Astros daily report: Astros 3, Mariners 2

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After locking up the series win on Saturday, the Astros looked for the sweep and their ninth straight win on Sunday afternoon. Here's how things shook out:

Final Score: Astros 3, Mariners 2

Record: 11-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Gerrit Cole (1-2).

Losing pitcher: Brandon Brennan (1-1).

Star of the game: Michael Brantley was the only Astro able to get a hit off of Marco Gonzalez through the first five innings, then came through with one of the biggest hits of the day with his game-tying two-run single. He finished the day two for four with the two RBIs.

Notes: Seattle extended their crazy streak of consecutive games with a home run by taking a 1-0 lead on a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning off of Gerrit Cole. They extended their lead to 2-0 with a couple of doubles in the third. Meanwhile, Houston was only able to get one hit off of Marco Gonzalez through the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, they'd load the bases with one out after three singles, bringing Michael Brantley to the plate who came through in the clutch with a two-RBI single to tie the game. Despite the two runs allowed, Cole still had another good outing, finishing six innings with eleven strikeouts and the two runs on four hits and no walks. The Astros took their first lead of the day in the top of the seventh thanks to a line drive solo homer from Aledmys Diaz, making it 3-1 Houston. Hector Rondon was first out of the pen and worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, followed by Ryan Pressly who did the same in the eighth. Roberto Osuna came in for the ninth and preserved the one-run lead for his seventh save of the season, pushing the Astros to nine straight wins and completing the series sweep.

Up Next: Houston will get the day off tomorrow before starting a short two-game series against Oakland on Tuesday night. First pitch will be at 9:07 PM and will feature Collin McHugh for the Astros going up against Franke Montas for the A's.

Astros drop game to A's to snap winning streak

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: A's 2, Astros 1

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Houston put their ten-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday night, looking to extend it to eleven by beating Oakland. Here's a quick recap of the game:

Final Score: A's 2, Astros 1

Record: 12-6, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Frankie Montas (3-1).

Losing pitcher: Wade Miley (1-2).

Star of the game: The lone highlight of the night for the Astros belonged to Michael Brantley, who knocked in the lone run for Houston on a single in the sixth inning.

Notes: Unlike the night before where Oakland went much of the game scoreless, the A's struck first on Wednesday night, getting an RBI-double off of Wade Miley to take an early 1-0 lead. They would hold on to that lead well into the game, holding the Astros to just one hit over the first five innings, until the top of the sixth when Michael Brantley tied the game with an RBI single. The A's took the lead right back in the top of the next inning, though, with a solo home run. With Miley's night over after allowing two runs over six innings, Will Harris took over in the bottom of the seventh and kept Houston within a run with a 1-2-3 inning. Brad Peacock was next out of the pen for the bottom of the eighth and worked around a one-out walk to send things to the ninth. The Astros would come up empty despite getting a few runners on, though, snapping their winning streak and splitting the two-game series in Oakland.

Up Next: Houston will get the day off tomorrow before starting a three-game series with the Rangers in Arlington on Friday night. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM and will feature Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52 ERA) for the Astros versus Drew Smyly (0-1, 7.15 ERA).

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