Astros' comeback attempt falls short
Astros daily report presented by APG&E: Rangers 11, Astros 10
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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