Astros shutout the A's with multiple homers

Astros daily report: Astros 6, A's 0

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A quick rundown of the second of three games between the Astros and A's from Saturday night:

Final Score: Astros 6, A's 0.

Record: 4-5, fourth in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (1-1).

Losing pitcher: Aaron Brooks (1-1).

Star of the game: Wade Miley looked better in his second start, and first at home at Minute Maid Park than his first in Tampa Bay. Miley kept the A's off the board over five and two-thirds innings, holding them to just four hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts. Miley kept the defense working, as is his style, but kept the ball in the park and limited the traffic on the bases en route to the win. Honorable Mention: Yuli Gurriel was hot at the plate, going three for four with three doubles and an RBI.

Notes: After a quiet start to the game for both teams offensively, it was Yuli Gurriel who finally got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth with his signature hit down the third base line all the way into the corner to put Houston up 1-0. George Springer extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth by crushing a two-run bomb, his third homer of the year. Michael Brantley would match Springer later in the inning, launching a two-run homer of his own, breaking the game open to 5-0. With Miley's pitch count getting high, and the large lead in hand, A.J. Hinch relieved him for Will Harris who would get the last out of the sixth. Robinson Chirinos gave the bullpen one more run of cushion in the bottom of the sixth, getting a solo home run to make it 6-0. Josh James took over in the top of the seventh and worked around a couple of walks to maintain the six-run lead, Chris Devenski pitched a scoreless eighth, then Framber Valdez closed things off in the ninth to wrap up the win and secure the series win.

Up next: The Astros and A's will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow with first pitch at 1:10 PM. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston and will look to improve to 2-0 and complete the series sweep, while former Astro Mike Fiers will be on the mound for Oakland.

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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