Astros get another late rally to secure the series win

Astros daily report: Astros 6, Yankees 3

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The Astros looked to lock up a series win against the Yankees on Tuesday night. Here's how the game unfolded:

Final Score: Astros 6, Yankees 3

Record: 7-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Hector Rondon (1-0).

Losing pitcher: Chad Green (0-2).

Star of the game: Michael Brantley was huge for the Astros on Tuesday, starting with his leadoff double in the second inning that would result in him coming around to score Houston's first run, then later in the game tied things up with an RBI-double. He finished the night going three for five at the plate with the run and RBI.

Notes: After getting a couple of good plays from Carlos Correa's defense behind him in the top of the first, Gerrit Cole would allow a two-out solo home run to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. It didn't take the Astros long to tie the game, getting a sac fly from Yuli Gurriel to make it 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Jose Altuve made it back-to-back nights with crushed homers, getting a solo shot in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1 Houston. That score would hold for a few innings as Cole settled in, but he'd run into trouble in the top of the sixth after a botched double play left runners on the corners with one out, providing some momentum for New York that they took advantage of with a two-RBI double to take a 3-2 advantage. Cole would end up finishing seven innings, leaving still in a 3-2 deficit, making it another start where some bad luck and a few bad pitches cost him an otherwise solid start. He'd get bailed out in the bottom of the seventh, though, thanks to a two-out double from Alex Bregman followed by an RBI-double from Brantley to tie the game at three apiece. Hector Rondon kept the game tied with a scoreless top of the eighth, then the bats went to work, just like the night before, in the bottom of the eighth. Gurriel started things off with a single, then two one-out walks loaded the bases for George Springer who got his first hit of the night, a two-RBI double to put Houston back out in front 5-3. Altuve was next and took advantage of the one-out situation with a sac fly to get an insurance run and extend the lead to 6-3. Roberto Osuna had the ninth and retired the Yankees in order to get another save and secure the series win.

Up next: The Astros and Yankees will wrap up the series tomorrow night with first pitch at 6:40 PM. Collin McHugh will look to continue his solid early season for Houston, while his team will face a familiar face on the mound for New York, former Mariner James Paxton.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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