Astros' comeback attempt falls short

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: Rangers 11, Astros 10

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With the first two games of the series ending in a 1-1 split, the Astros looked to get a win on Sunday to take the series with the Rangers. Here's a rundown of the game:

Final Score: Rangers 11, Astros 10

Record: 13-8, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Shelby Miller (1-1).

Losing pitcher: Collin McHugh (3-2).

Stars of the game: All of Houston's lineup contributed in a valiant comeback attempt in the high-scoring affair, but Alex Bregman had a great day, going two for three with two walks and an RBI on a solo home run.

Notes: Much like the night before, the Rangers came out swinging against Collin McHugh, tagging him for three runs in the bottom of the first to get out to a quick 3-0 lead. Houston was able to cut into the lead in the top of the third, loading the bases against Shelby Miller to bring up Michael Brantley who hit a sac fly to trim the lead to 3-1. The Rangers teed off on McHugh again in the top of the third, getting four runs including back-to-back home runs on two pitches to extend their lead to 7-1. They weren't done there, continuing to lay it on in the bottom of the fourth, getting two more before McHugh would make an early exit to bring in Framber Valdez who had re-joined the team in favor of Reymin Guduan overnight. Valdez allowed a sac fly to put the Rangers up 10-1.

Alex Bregman got one run back in the top of the sixth, hitting a solo home run to make it 10-2, then Brantley made it back-to-back with his own solo homer to make it 10-3. They continued to strike in the inning, trimming the lead further on an RBI-triple from Aledmys Diaz then a sac fly from Robinson Chirinos, putting them back within four runs at 10-6. Texas got another run in the bottom of the sixth, putting the lead back at five runs, but Carlos Correa lined a solo home run in the top of the eighth to trim it back to 11-7, followed later by Josh Reddick who hit a one-out solo home run to bring the Astros within three at 11-8. George Springer led off the top of the ninth with a solo dinger, cutting the deficit to two runs, then the Astros loaded the bases to bring in a pinch-hitting Jose Altuve who worked an RBI walk to get the Astros within one run, still with the bases loaded. The comeback would stop there, unfortunately, as the Rangers would finally record the last out to close out the game and take the series 2-1 from Houston.

Up Next: The Astros will travel home to Houston tonight to start a full week of games starting with a three-game set with the Twins. First pitch of Monday night's game will be at 7:10 PM and will feature Brad Peacock (2-0, 3.94 ERA) making his return to the Astros' rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen to accommodate a weird team schedule. He'll go up against Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 4.76 ERA) on the mound for Minnesota.

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UPDATE: With the Angels loss on Friday night, the Astros have secured their playoff berth. They will be part of the MLB postseason for their fourth-straight season.

After the big offensive showing to take the opener on Thursday, the Astros entered Friday's game at Globe Life Field against the Rangers just one win or Angels loss away from securing their spot in the playoffs. Here is how the game unfolded:

Final Score (10 innings): Rangers 5, Astros 4.

Record: 29-29, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brett Martin (1-1, 1.98 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-3, 3.05 ERA).

Urquidy goes seven while allowing two

The Rangers would strike first in Friday's game, getting a two-out solo home run against Jose Urquidy in the bottom of the second to grab the early 1-0 lead. Urquidy did relatively well on the night, though he would allow another solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Those were the only two runs he allowed, working in and out of some trouble throughout the game on his way to finishing seven innings. His final line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 98 P.

Houston grabs their first lead late

Unlike their hot night at the plate the night prior, it took the Astros until the fifth inning to get on the board. It came after Carlos Correa hit a leadoff single, then came all the way around to score on an RBI-triple by George Springer, making it a 1-1 tie at the time.

After the Rangers went back in front 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on their second solo homer of the night, Alex Bregman would tie it up again with a solo home run of his own, making it 2-2. Houston would get their first lead of the night in the top of the eighth, with Altuve working a leadoff walk before scoring later in the inning on an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel.

Rangers get the walk-off to keep Houston waiting for playoff bid

After Urquidy, Blake Taylor would take over on the mound in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the Rangers in order for a scoreless inning to hold the one-run lead. Still 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Houston turned to their closer, Ryan Pressly. After two quick outs, he would allow a game-tying solo home run, making it 3-3 to postpone Houston's celebration at least another inning as the game headed to extras.

In the top of the tenth, Jose Altuve was placed on second as the free runner. He advanced to third on a groundout to start the inning, then scored on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it a 4-3 lead for Houston. Enoli Paredes would load the bases before Texas would tie the game on a sac fly in the bottom of the inning, keeping runners on second and third. Houston made the change to Brooks Raley to try and extend the game another inning, but instead, the Rangers would get the walk-off win, spoiling Houston's chance to clinch their playoff spot themselves with a win.

Up Next: The third game of this four-game set will get underway at 6:05 PM Central on Saturday. On the mound for Texas will be Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87 ERA), and, as of now, the Astros still have Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 4.24 ERA) listed as their starter.

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