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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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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