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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The Astros will look to bounce back after a tough week. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After a 6-3 record to start the season, the Houston Astros had a tumultuous week to say the least. They were swept by the Tigers, lost 2 of 3 games to the Seattle Mariners and placed five players on the COVID injured list.

The Tigers' new manager AJ Hinch returned to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the Astros let him go after the cheating scandal in early 2020.

The Tigers swept the Astros and outscored them 20-8 over their three matchups.

Before the 3rd game of the series, the Astros found out they would be without five players on their active roster. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado and Robel Garcia were all placed on the COVID-19 injury reserved list.

"It's hard on the team but you have to carry on. The show must go on," manager Dusty Baker said. "And it went on today with some younger players we have here."

Garrett Stubbs, Taylor Jones and Abraham Toro were called up as well as Alex De Goti and Ronnie Dawson who made their major league debuts last week.

The Tigers were able to score runs early on Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers and Jake Odorizzi (who made his Astros debut) and none of these starters lasted more than five innings in the outings.

Yuli Gurriel was the one Astros bright spot against the Tigers as he had 7 hits and drove in 2 runs. He is still continuing to hit the ball consistently as he finished the series with a .429 batting average.

After a 1-5 home stand the Astros looked to bounce back on the road against the division leading Seattle Mariners (you read that correctly).

Friday night proved to be the Astros' best offensive performance since their home opener on April 8th against the A's.

They scored five runs on Yusei Kikuchi through 7 innings behind good hitting from Aledmys Diaz, Chas McCormick and De Goti who drove in two runs on his first major league hit.

The Astros had a 5-2 lead at this point, but Seattle was able to score 4 unanswered to win the game.

Bryan Abreu, Blake Taylor and Ryne Stanek were credited with those four runs.

Ryan Pressly tried to clean up the bottom of the 9th inning after Stanek put the first two batters on base. His effort was unsuccessfully as Ty France hit a game-ending single that scored J.P. Crawford from second to secure a Mariners victory.

Saturday was the best game of the week for the Astros as they finally broke their six-game losing streak.

After failing to pitch more than five innings on Monday against the Tigers, Zack Greinke threw eight shutout innings with 91 pitches.

He struck out six batters and gave up only 4 hits.

"That's what aces do," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "Guys like (Greinke) ... they stop the bleeding and we're about bled out."

Greinke finished the game with 2,705 career strikeouts. He is now third amongst active players in strikeouts behind Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

Ryan Pressly got some redemption too as he threw a perfect 9th inning giving him his first save of the year.

The Astros won this game 1-0 as Taylor Jones drove in the game's only run with an RBI single.

Sunday's game ended the Astros week with a whimper, as the Mariners bested Houston 7-2.

Jake Odorizzi got off to a good start, but he gave up three hits and was pulled after Mitch Haniger's fifth-inning triple made it a 3-2 lead over the Astros.

Odorizzi is now (0-2) with a 10.57 ERA after two starts with the Astros.

Houston's offensive woes continued Sunday, as Aledmys Díaz had their only hit, an RBI double in the second inning that fell in when outfielder José Marmolejos lost the ball in the sun.

"It's tough to take when you only got one hit and the one hit we got was lost in the sun," Baker said.

UP NEXT: The Astros (7-8) will finish their road trip with a two game series against the Rockies who have the worst record in the league (4-12) before starting an eight-game homestead.

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