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.

Houston's magic number is down to 1

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 6-4 win

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After the mini-sweep of the Rangers concluding with win number 100 on the season which secured a playoff spot, the Astros turned their sights to clinching the division. With their magic number at 2, they could clinch on Friday with a win in the series opener against Los Angeles and an Oakland loss. Here is a recap of the first game of the weekend against the Angels:

Final Score: Astros 6, Angels 4.

Record: 101-53, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zack Greinke (17-5, 3.05 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jaime Barria (4-10, 6.43 ERA).

1) Starting with a bang

With a chance to clinch their division and continue to lead the battle for playoff home-field advantage, Houston came out swinging on Friday night. In the first inning, the Astros blasted three home runs with solo shots from Jose Altuve which led off the inning, and Alex Bregman as he tries to catch the sidelined Mike Trout for a possible MVP award.

Later in the inning, Carlos Correa took advantage of a runner on base with a home run of his own, a two-run bomb to extend the lead before Josh Reddick tacked on one more with an RBI-single to make it 5-0 after one.

2) Greinke struggles in the fourth but finishes five innings

Zack Greinke allowed just two hits through the first three innings: a single and a solo home run which at the time cut the lead to 5-1. Carlos Correa pushed the lead back to five runs with his second home run of the night in the bottom of the third.

Greinke would struggle in the top of the fourth, however, allowing five straight hits which would score three runs to cut Houston's lead to 6-4. He would recover and toss a 1-2-3 fifth, but that would be it for him in a five-inning start, as Houston passed the ball to their bullpen to throw the last four frames. His final line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

3) Houston's bullpen dominant the rest of the way

Josh James was the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen to take over for Greinke in the top of the sixth and erased a two-out walk to complete a scoreless inning. Ryan Pressly, making his first appearance in a month after having surgery on his knee, returned dominantly with a 1-2-3 inning.

Will Harris did the same in the top of the eighth, holding the two-run lead going to the ninth. Roberto Osuna had the chance for another save in the top of the ninth and converted it to finish off the 6-4 win. That reduced the magic number to one, meaning the Astros are now a win or Oakland loss away from clinching the American League West. They are also just two wins away from matching last year's franchise number of 103.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set with the Angles will be on Saturday at 6:10 PM. Wade Miley (14-5, 3.71 ERA) will get the start for Houston while Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 4.91 ERA) is expected to be on the mound for Los Angeles.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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