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.

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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