Astros complete the mini-sweep of the Rockies

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 4-2 win

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Houston sought to take advantage of the thin air of Coors Field and power past the Rockies to complete the mini-sweep on Wednesday night. Here is a recap of the game:

Final Score: Astros 4, Rockies 2.

Record: 55-32, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Peter Lambert (2-1, 6.67 ERA).

1) Starting with power

Alex Bregman helped Houston start the game on Wednesday right where they left off on Tuesday, getting a solo home run in the top of the first to put the Astros ahead 1-0. After Colorado tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, Yuli Gurriel responded to lead off the second inning, getting his third home run of the two-game series and regain the lead at 2-1.

They made it three straight innings with runs in the third, loading the bases with two outs to set up Josh Reddick for a two-RBI double that was nearly a bases-clearing double except Colorado was able to get Gurriel out at home to end the inning, but not before Houston had gone up 4-1. They would go on to ride those four runs to the win.

2) Miley with another solid start 

Wade Miley was able to build upon the success of his most recent start where he went six innings with one run, doing the same in this game in hitter-friendly Colorado. Miley did allow a game-tying RBI-single in the first, but he was able to rebound from that and get through the next five innings without allowing any more runs.

He allowed a couple of hits along the way, but would not allow anyone past second base. Getting through six innings was a boost for his team who had to use their bullpen for five and one-third innings the night before. Miley's final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

Chris Devenski took over for Miley to start the seventh but would face just three batters to which he allowed a single and RBI-double to get the Rockies within two runs at 4-2. Collin McHugh was brought in to finish the seventh, and he would get two consecutive outs to do so.

Hector Rondon was next out of the bullpen and gave his team a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning, setting up Roberto Osuna for another save opportunity. He would notch that save, wrapping up the 4-2 win which completed the sweep and extended Houston's winning streak to five games.

Up Next: The Astros will travel back to Houston tonight before a day off tomorrow. The last series before the All-Star break will be this weekend at home against the Angels. Game one of the three-game set will feature Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.86 ERA) on the mound for Houston going against Andrew Heaney (1-2, 5.40 ERA) for Los Angeles.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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With spring training just around the corner, Yuli Gurriel's future with the Houston Astros is still up in the air. We're hearing rumblings that manager Dusty Baker would like to get Yuli back on the club, but nothing has come to fruition.

We also heard from the Astros new GM Dana Brown and his thoughts on Yuli returning to the club.

“The realistic thing is we have Abreu at first base right now. So at the end of the day, we have to look at maybe some other spots … to strengthen the club, give Dusty [Baker] more options.”

Brown's quote doesn't give us a lot of optimism. Based on his statement, he may not see Yuli as anything more than a first baseman at this stage in his career, and the Astros could use a utility player.

On the positive side, we received an encouraging update on Michael Brantley's health, as his recovery is on schedule and he plans to participate in batting practice next week.

Be sure to check out the video above as we analyze what the updates mean for the Astros moving forward.

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