Astros get the walk-off win in extra innings

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-3 win

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After losing the first two games of the four-game series with the Indians, the Astros looked to work towards a series split by picking up a win on Saturday afternoon. Here are some quick facts and three hits from the game:

Final Score: Astros 4, Indians 3

Record: 16-11, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Roberto Osuna (2-0).

Losing pitcher: Adam Cimber (2-2).

1) Peacock fans batters, not feathers

Brad Peacock put together a sharp and strong start, pitching six innings of one-run baseball. During those six innings, he allowed just the one run on four hits to go with one walk and seven strikeouts. The run he allowed came after putting runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the fourth. The Astros ceded the run on a double play to clear the bases before Peacock finished that inning on the way to completing his solid start.

2) Astros win on clutch hitting

Aledmys Diaz had the first big hit in the game to put the Astros ahead 1-0 on an RBI-double in the bottom of the second. Later in the game in a 1-1 tie, Carlos Correa took advantage of a walk by Alex Bregman earlier in the inning by lining a home run into the Crawford Boxes to put Houston ahead 3-1. After going to extra innings tied 3-3, Tony Kemp won the game on a walk-off solo homer to lead off the tenth inning.

3) Bullpen falters in the seventh but holds strong late

With Peacock's day done after six innings, Houston went to their bullpen to try and preserve the lead. Will Harris took over in the seventh, but after back-to-back one-out singles was pulled in favor of Ryan Pressly to face a pinch-hitting Francisco Lindor. Lindor would cut the lead to one run with a sacrifice fly, then Cleveland would get an RBI-single to tie the game. Pressly remained in the game for the eighth and was able to retire the Indians in order. Roberto Osuna came on for the ninth with the game still tied 3-3 and threw a 1-2-3 inning, then continued on in the tenth and worked around a leadoff single to keep the game tied going into the bottom-half to set up the walk-off win.

Up Next: Houston will wrap up this series with the Indians in a primetime matchup on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball tomorrow night. First pitch is at 6 PM and will feature fast-paced left-hander Wade Miley (1-2, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 6.00 ERA) for Cleveland.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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