Astros drop first game to Indians

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 2-1 loss

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After winning the series against the Twins with a victory on Wednesday, the Astros turned the page to the Indians to start a four-game series on Thursday night. Here's a quick look along with three hits from the game:

Final Score: Indians 2, Astros 1

Record: 15-10, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Trevor Bauer (3-1).

Losing pitcher: Gerrit Cole (1-4).

1) Decent rebound for Cole 

After his career-worst start against the Rangers this past weekend in which he allowed nine runs, Gerrit Cole did well to put that behind him against the Indians. Cole pitched seven innings during which he allowed two runs on three hits, two solo home runs, three walks, and struck out ten. Unfortunately, he'd only get one run of support behind him.

2) Bad call halts Houston's momentum 

In a big spot in the bottom of the sixth, Houston had two on base with one out and Carlos Correa at the plate. Correa fouled a ball off of his foot that ricocheted to third base, and with the Astros staying put due to the foul ball, the Indians played it out and were rewarded with a double play on what should've been a foul ball. To make matters worse, the play was not reviewable.

3) Bauer holds Astros to just a solo dinger by Springer

After falling behind 0-1 in the game, George Springer tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. That would be the only run they'd get off of Trevor Bauer, though, as he would go on to complete eight innings of one-run baseball on 118 pitches. Brad Hand would get the save to finish off the win for the Indians in the ninth.

Up Next: The series will continue on Friday night with first pitch at 7:10 PM. Houston will send Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.78 ERA) to the mound to go up against Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.88 ERA) for the Indians.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Zack Greinke earned his 10th win of the season in Sunday's finale agains the Rangers. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With the first two wins of the series under their belt, the Astros entered Sunday looking to take care of business before heading on the road. Despite the Rangers taking the first lead of the day, the Astros responded on offense and defense to erase the deficit to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 3, Rangers 1

Astros' Record: 61-39, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (10-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dennis Santana (0-1)

Greinke, with some help, notches a quality start

Zack Greinke was doing well in the early goings of Sunday's finale. Despite allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, he stranded both runners to finish the top of the first. He followed that by erasing two more runners in the second, starting a stretch of eight straight batters which he would retire to make it through one out in the top of the fifth without allowing a run.

Texas finally added a blemish to his day at that point, getting a solo homer to grab their first lead in weeks. Greinke rebounded from it, sitting down the next two batters to finish the frame, then posted a 1-2-3 sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh, but would end his day with a struggle, loading the bases with no outs on a single, hit batter, and walk. That prompted Dusty Baker to bring in Cristian Javier, who saved Greinke's stat line by getting a strikeout and double play to keep the Rangers from scoring. Greinke's line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 86 P.

Houston grabs the lead

Houston's starter would leave in line for the win, thanks to the work of Cristian Javier, but also some timely offense in the two innings prior. With not much going for them in the first four innings, the Astros tried to take advantage of Chas McCormick being on base in the bottom of the fifth, sending him for a potential hit and run with Abraham Toro swinging.

That turned into two runs, with McCormick able to slow his run as Toro would launch a two-run go-ahead homer to erase the Rangers lead quickly. They extended the lead to two runs in the next inning, with Yordan Alvarez working a walk and then later scoring on an RBI single by Kyle Tucker, making it 3-1.

Astros finish the sweep

After cleaning up the inherited mess in the top of the seventh, Javier remained on the mound in the top of the eighth and made it through a 1-2-3 inning to give him six outs against five batters. With it still a two-run game in the top of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save opportunity. He notched it, sitting down the Rangers 1-2-3 to finish the sweep, handing Texas their twelfth straight loss.

Up Next: The Astros will head out west for an eight-game road trip starting with a three-game set with the Mariners kicking off at 9:10 PM Central on Monday. In the opener, Luis Garcia (7-5, 2.86 ERA) for Houston is slated to go opposite Darren McCaughan (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who will make his second career appearance and first start for Seattle.

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