Astros rally late to win a thriller

Astros daily report: Astros 4, Yankees 3

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The Astros and Yankees clashed Monday night in the first of three games. Here's how the big matchup went:

Final Score: Astros 4, Yankees 3

Record: 6-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Ryan Pressly (1-0).

Losing pitcher: Adam Ottavino (1-1).

Star of the game: Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both had huge hits tonight, but Robinson Chirinos had the biggest; a huge two-RBI double to shift the momentum back in Houston's favor late in the game before they'd eventually take the lead and win.

Notes: The Yankees struck first, loading the bases with one out against Verlander on a hit and couple of walks in the top of the third before getting an RBI single to take a 1-0 advantage. Verlander did well to limit the damage to just one run, setting up Jose Altuve to tie the game with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Aaron Judge broke the tie in the next inning, getting a solo home run to put New York back on top 2-1, then Clint Frazier tacked on another run in the top of the sixth, extending the lead to 3-1. Will Harris took over on the mound for Houston in the seventh, working around a hit and a walk to complete a scoreless inning. The Astros went to work against Zach Britton in the bottom half of the seventh, getting two on base before Robinson Chirinos hit a clutch two-RBI double to tie the game 3-3. After a great top of the inning from Ryan Pressly out of the bullpen, Carlos Correa came up with runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the eighth and put the Astros ahead with a good luck broken-bat infield single to put Houston ahead 4-3. Roberto Osuna came in for the save in the top of the ninth and converted the opportunity to seal the win.

Up next: The series will continue tomorrow night at 7 PM with game two of three. The Astros will look to Gerrit Cole to hold the Yankees' offense down, while New York will send out Jonathan Loaisiga.

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The Houston Texans remain winless as the team comes up short against the Bears in Chicago. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Davis Mills made two costly mistakes with interceptions. The first one took points off the board and the second allowed the Bears to kick a game-winning field goal. These were the first two of the season and they highlight the need for near perfection from the offense.

2. Davis Mills claimed he made the correct read on the second interception. He said the tip is the reason the Bears intercepted it. I disagree. It looks like Roquan Smith read it like a book and might have been there anyway.

3. The other interception from Davis Mills wasn’t a good read either. Mills made a quick decision and rifled the ball to Brandin Cooks but the defensive back basically had his whole body between Cooks and the ball. The Bears made a nice play to come down with the deflection.

4. Davis Mills is not to be trusted in moments where most quarterbacks can move the football. The Texans failed to get into field goal range at the end of both halves. Mills has consistently failed in those spots this season.

5. There were some curious calls from Pep Hamilton. The Texans don’t have much talent, but Hamilton has had some unique moments. There was a screen to Pharaoh Brown on third and long. The team called a screen on third and one. There was a telegraph on third and short in the red zone.

6. Why can’t this team get the wideouts more heavily involved? Rex Burkhead shouldn’t be getting the second greatest number of targets. Brandin Cooks shouldn’t leave a game where he has less than 10 targets. It would be worth scheming the ball to Cooks a few more times than he is currently getting the ball.

7. Kamu Grugier-Hill is not playing well right now. The veteran just bounced right off a Bears running back at one point. He is also a liability in coverage. Christian Harris is hopefully back after next week but it would be worth seeing if Garrett Wallow has anything more to his game than the veteran.

8. The rushing defense was assaulted again. This time by running wideouts and a backup running back. Lovie Smith needs to look at playing time and the depth chart to see if something can get corrected here. This can’t keep happening earlier and earlier in games each week.

9. Jerry Hughes has been one of the best players on this team through three games. The veteran has been consistent and flashed more than a few times. A nice addition by the team this offseason.

10. Jalen Pitre is so damn good. He’s already one of the best players on this team. He had two interceptions today to go along with a sack. He wasn’t fooled on play action and nailed Justin Fields for the sack. When it felt like the Bears were getting whatever they wanted, Pitre darted in for a tackle in the backfield. He’s been awesome.

11. There must be some evaluation from the Texans. The team might need to ask if everything they’ve put together at this point is the right direction. There is a sound argument the team should be 3-0. Instead, the team is winless, and closing in on hopelessness


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