Astros win a thriller in extra innings

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 4 hits from the 11-10 win

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With the shutout win on Saturday night, Houston had the chance to end the first half of the regular season with a series victory against the Angels if they could take the rubber game on Sunday afternoon. Here is a quick recap of the game:

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 11, Angels 10.

Record: 57-33, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Ryan Pressly (2-1, 1.36 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Taylor Cole (0-1, 4.58 ERA).

1) Angels capitalize on Houston's rough start on the mound

Jose Urquidy's second start did not fare any better than his first as things fell apart quickly for him. He had done well in the first two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four, but let the game get away from him in the top of the third.

The terrible third inning included a run scoring on a wild pitch and a two-run home run as the Angels would tag him for five runs on seven hits while Urquidy could only record one out. His final line: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Chris Devenski was able to clean up the third inning, but he too would struggle when he returned for the fourth inning and gave up a run of his own on a sacrifice fly after putting runners on the corners with no outs to start the inning. Josh James met a similar fate in the fifth inning, giving up a leadoff single that would score on a two-out RBI-triple which gave the Angels a five-run lead at 7-2.

2) Astros roar all the way back

Tony Kemp started the day off strong for Houston's offense, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to put the Astros ahead 2-0 early. They would go quiet for a few innings after that, eventually finding themselves down 7-2 in the fifth inning.

They went to work to chip away at the lead, starting with RBIs from Yordan Alvarez and Tyler White in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 7-4. After the Angels got one of the runs back in the top of the sixth to make it a four-run lead again, Houston went right back to work in the bottom half of the inning.

They loaded the bases with no outs on a leadoff double by Jose Altuve, walk by Alex Bregman, and a single by Michael Brantley. That brought up the red-hot Yuli Gurriel, who made it five straight games with a home run, his sixth in over that span, this time a game-tying grand slam to make it 8-8.

3) Neither team can win it in nine

Although Collin McHugh allowed a solo homer to Mike Trout in the top of the sixth, he was otherwise excellent in relief, getting through two innings in a game Houston sorely needed someone to provide some extended coverage out of the bullpen. Will Harris took over on the mound in the eighth, but he would watch Mike Trout deposit one of his pitches well over the center field wall on a two-run home run to put the Angels back ahead 10-8.

Houston responded right away in the bottom of the ninth, getting two singles to start the inning before a two-RBI single from Yordan Alvarez tied the game at 10-10. They would follow that up by loading the bases with no outs, but would come out empty handed after a lineout then a fly out for out number two where Jake Marisnick tried tagging home, but would end up in a terrible collision with Jonathan Lucroy as both players ended up traveling to the same side of the baseline. It was initially a run but was overturned after a review, leaving the game tied going to the ninth.

Roberto Osuna was brought in for the top of the ninth and worked around a couple of walks to keep the game tied going to the bottom of the inning. Houston would load the bases with two outs but came away empty to send the game to extra innings.

4) Houston wins it in the tenth


Ryan Pressly took over on the mound in the top of the tenth and was able to get through the heart of the Angels order by working around a two-out single. That set up the walk-off in the bottom of the inning, starting with a leadoff double by Josh Reddick who would score on an RBI by George Springer to win the game and the series.

Up Next: The Astros as an entire team will have a few days off for the All-Star Break. Alex Bregman, however, will be in action tomorrow night in the home run derby at 7 PM on ESPN. He will join George Springer and Michael Brantley as starters in the 2019 MLB All-Star game on Tuesday at 6:30 PM, with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Ryan Pressly on the roster as well.

The regular season will resume on Thursday night as the Astros head to Arlington to take on the Rangers at 7 PM. The teams have not yet decided on starters, but the Rangers are expected to send Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA) to the mound while the Astros will have a few days to figure out who starts for them.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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