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.

Verlander throws a gem in Astros win

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 5-1 win

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After taking the first game of the series against the White Sox, the Astros had Justin Verlander on the mound Tuesday night to make it two in a row. Here are the quick results of the game and two hits:

Final Score: Astros 5, White Sox 1.

Record: 33-16, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Justin Verlander (8-1, 2.24 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Dylan Covey (0-3, 5.31 ERA).

1) Vintage Verlander

Justin Verlander was spectacular on Tuesday night, and in fact, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Over the first six innings, he allowed just a walk while striking out ten. The no-hit bid was broken in the top of the seventh on a solo home run, but that didn't stop Verlander from having an incredible night. He'd complete eight innings during which he allowed only the one hit and run while striking out 12. The win moved him to 8-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.24. Hector Rondon took over for the ninth and threw a scoreless inning to wrap up the win.

2) Big fifth inning of offense

After both teams going scoreless through the first three innings, Yuli Gurriel finally got Houston on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. The big offensive inning of the night, was the fifth, though, with the Astros putting up four runs on a wild pitch an RBI-single from Carlos Correa and a big two-RBI double from Michael Brantley.

Up Next: Game three of this four-game set will get underway with another 7:10 PM start on Wednesday night. Houston will send the league leader in strikeouts, Gerrit Cole (4-4, 3.56 ERA), to the mound to match up against Ivan Nova (2-4, 7.42 ERA) for Chicago.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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