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).

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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