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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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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