Houston's losing streak extended to six games

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 4-1 loss

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Houston was desperate to get a win and end their five-game skid on Friday night against the Yankees in the Bronx. Here is a recap of game two of four against New York:

Final Score: Yankees 4, Astros 1.

Record: 48-29, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: James Paxton (5-3, 3.75 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Brad Peacock (6-5, 3.62 ERA).

1) Great start for Peacock

Brad Peacock had about as good of a start as the Astros could have asked from him on Friday night. He only had one major mistake, a two-run home run to Gary Sanchez in the third which put New York up 2-0. Other than that, he was dominant for most of the night against the Yankees' potent lineup as he would go on to strike out eleven while issuing zero walks.

Unfortunately, he would not get the offense needed behind him to get a win. Peacock's final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR. Hector Rondon took over for Peacock to pitch the seventh, but unlike the great inning of relief the night before would allow a two-run home run to extend New York's lead to 4-1. Chris Devenski wrapped up the pitching night for Houston with a quick 1-2-3 eighth inning.

2) Missed chances for the offense 

It was another frustrating night on offense for Houston, who other than an RBI-double by Jake Marisnick in the top of the fourth to trim the lead to 2-1 would be unable to convert scoring opportunities. The Astros would get plenty of traffic on the bases, but all for naught as they'd strand twelve runners on base and go 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

Up Next: Game three of this four-game series will get underway at 6:10 PM tomorrow and will air on FOX. The pitching matchup is expected to be Wade Miley (6-4, 3.30 ERA) for the Astros and Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.23 ERA) for the Yankees.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Houston's winning streak moves to six

Eighth-inning rally powers Astros to series sweep over Rangers

Yuli Gurriel brought in the go-ahead run late in Sunday's game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Winners in the first three games of this series and their last five games overall, the Astros continued their climb towards the A's for first place in the AL West. They completed the four-game sweep, ending a successful homestand on a positive note before heading on the road.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 2

Astros' Record: 24-17, tied for first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Brooks Raley (2-2)

Losing Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez (1-2)

Astros strike first, McCullers Jr. goes six scoreless

After the Rangers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Houston grabbed an early lead off the bat of Alex Bregman. He provided the third single of the inning, a one-out RBI to put the Astros in front 1-0, a score which would hold steady for a while. Another run didn't come across until the bottom of the fifth when Houston would load the bases with one out when Carlos Correa would get an RBI groundball to double the lead to 2-0.

Lance McCullers Jr. did well with the small lead, backing up his recent eight-inning gem with a quality start against Texas. He allowed a couple of hits each in the third and fourth but would erase the runners with no damage allowed. The Rangers threatened in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double before the runner moved to third on a wild pitch, putting him in a great position with no outs. McCullers Jr. would come away unscathed, finishing the inning and his day by retiring the next three batters. His final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 95 P.

Rangers tie it against Scrubb

First out of Houston's bullpen was Andre Scrubb, and he would not fare as well as the Astros starter. A leadoff single turned into a two-run game-tying homer, making it 2-2 before Scrubb would sit down the next three in order. Still tied in the top of the eighth, Brooks Raley had a terrific inning, striking out the three batters he faced.

Houston rallies ahead in the eighth for the four-game sweep

The top of Houston's order mounted a threat in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with one out to try and regain the lead. Yuli Gurriel would come through with the go-ahead at-bat, getting a sac fly to put the Astros back in front 3-2. A two-out walk loaded the bases again, setting up Chas McCormick to provide two insurance runs on a two-RBI single.

Myles Straw added one more on an RBI single, making it a four-run game at 6-2 heading to the ninth. Enoli Paredes made his long-awaited return from the IL, appearing for the first time since April 8th to try and close things out in the ninth. He tossed a scoreless inning, finishing off the four-game sweep, extending Houston's winning streak to six games, and keeping them in step with Oakland for the AL West lead.

Up Next: After a day off on Monday, the Astros will begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday. They'll kick off a three-game set in Oakland against the A's at 8:40 PM, an exciting matchup to determine who will head into the weekend atop the division. While Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.08 ERA) is the expected starter for Houston, Oakland has not yet determined their rotation for the series.

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