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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Astros drop back-and-forth middle game to Giants to even series

Houston's offense couldn't keep up with the Giants on Saturday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With the impressive win in the opener to start the series, the Astros entered Saturday's middle game against the Giants with an opportunity to not just secure the series but surpass San Francisco for the best record in the league. They'd have to wait to take that crown, as the Giants would out-slug the Astros to even the series.

Final Score: Giants 8, Astros 6

Astros' Record: 64-41, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jay Jackson (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Blake Taylor (2-3)

Teams trade blows early, Giants chase Greinke out early

The teams traded blows early in this one, with the Giants tagging Zack Greinke with six runs, all on homers. The first was a solo shot in the bottom of the second to start the scoring before hitting one in each inning through the fourth: two-run blasts in the third and fourth, then a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the fifth, putting them ahead 6-5 at the time. Greinke would face one more batter, allowing a single to end his lackluster day: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 HR, 93 P.

Houston's offense kept things close to try and keep Greinke in a position to win, going up 3-1 in the third on a two-run Aledmys Diaz homer and another coming in on an error. After San Francisco scored four unanswered to make it 5-3, Diaz homered again in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to one run before Yuli Gurriel would tie it with an RBI double.

Astros stay in it, but Giants even the series by winning the slug-fest

With Greinke exiting with no outs in the fifth, Houston handed the ball to Phil Maton, acquired in the recent Myles Straw trade, to make his debut for his new team. He worked himself into a jam, allowing a single and hitting a batter to load the bases with one out, but was able to get back-to-back strikeouts to strike out the side and strand all three runners, keeping it a one-run game.

That proved pivotal in the top of the sixth, as with two outs, Martin Maldonado would launch a game-tying solo homer, making it 6-6. Blake Taylor took over out of the bullpen in the bottom of the inning but would face just three batters, getting two outs while leaving one on as Dusty Baker moved on to Cristian Javier. Javier would watch the Giants retake the lead, getting back-to-back singles to bring in a run and make it 7-6.

Javier stayed in the game in the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff single but erasing it by striking out the next three batters. Still a 7-6 game in the bottom of the eighth, Yimi Garcia made his Astros debut but did not keep the score there, allowing a leadoff solo homer to make it a two-run game. The 8-6 score would go final as Houston's offense came up empty again in the top of the ninth, setting up a rubber game in the finale.

Up Next: The series finale will get underway at 3:05 PM Central on Sunday in San Francisco. Luis Garcia (7-5, 3.19 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, going opposite Logan Webb (4-3, 3.36 ERA) for the Giants.

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