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.

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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