Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 6-2 loss

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With the calendar turned to May, the Astros looked to start the new month on the right foot by getting a win on Wednesday night in Minnesota against the Twins in game three of four. Here's a quick rundown of the final result and three hits from the game:

Final Score: Twins 6, Astros 2

Record: 18-13, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Martin Perez (4-0, 3.41 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Collin McHugh (3-3, 4.97 ERA).

1) Rough night for McHugh

After two perfect innings to start his night, Collin McHugh struggled in the third, allowing a two-run home run to the upper deck to get the Twins on the board then later in the inning committed an error that would make it an early 3-0 lead for Minnesota. McHugh allowed another run on a couple of hits in the fifth, increasing the deficit to four runs. McHugh's final line: 6 innings, 4 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.

2) Even worse night for Houston's offense

Much like Monday night's game, the Astros were overpowered by a Minnesota starter as Martin Perez would keep the Astros scoreless and with only four hits while striking out seven times over his eight innings of work. Trevor Hildenberger came in to close things out in the ninth and despite allowing a couple of runs would finish off the one-sided win.

3) Devenski allows two more runs out of the pen

With McHugh's night done after six four-run innings, Chris Devenski took over to eat up some innings out of the bullpen. Although the runs wouldn't factor into the outcome, Devenski struggled in the bottom of the eighth, allowing a couple of runs to extend Minnesota's lead to 6-0 at the time.

Up Next: The Astros and Twins will wrap up this four-game series with an afternoon game tomorrow before both teams travel to their weekend destinations. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 PM and will feature Brad Peacock (2-1, 3.67 ERA) for Houston going up against Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.97 ERA) for Minnesota.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Zack Greinke earned his 10th win of the season in Sunday's finale agains the Rangers. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With the first two wins of the series under their belt, the Astros entered Sunday looking to take care of business before heading on the road. Despite the Rangers taking the first lead of the day, the Astros responded on offense and defense to erase the deficit to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 3, Rangers 1

Astros' Record: 61-39, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (10-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dennis Santana (0-1)

Greinke, with some help, notches a quality start

Zack Greinke was doing well in the early goings of Sunday's finale. Despite allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, he stranded both runners to finish the top of the first. He followed that by erasing two more runners in the second, starting a stretch of eight straight batters which he would retire to make it through one out in the top of the fifth without allowing a run.

Texas finally added a blemish to his day at that point, getting a solo homer to grab their first lead in weeks. Greinke rebounded from it, sitting down the next two batters to finish the frame, then posted a 1-2-3 sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh, but would end his day with a struggle, loading the bases with no outs on a single, hit batter, and walk. That prompted Dusty Baker to bring in Cristian Javier, who saved Greinke's stat line by getting a strikeout and double play to keep the Rangers from scoring. Greinke's line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 86 P.

Houston grabs the lead

Houston's starter would leave in line for the win, thanks to the work of Cristian Javier, but also some timely offense in the two innings prior. With not much going for them in the first four innings, the Astros tried to take advantage of Chas McCormick being on base in the bottom of the fifth, sending him for a potential hit and run with Abraham Toro swinging.

That turned into two runs, with McCormick able to slow his run as Toro would launch a two-run go-ahead homer to erase the Rangers lead quickly. They extended the lead to two runs in the next inning, with Yordan Alvarez working a walk and then later scoring on an RBI single by Kyle Tucker, making it 3-1.

Astros finish the sweep

After cleaning up the inherited mess in the top of the seventh, Javier remained on the mound in the top of the eighth and made it through a 1-2-3 inning to give him six outs against five batters. With it still a two-run game in the top of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save opportunity. He notched it, sitting down the Rangers 1-2-3 to finish the sweep, handing Texas their twelfth straight loss.

Up Next: The Astros will head out west for an eight-game road trip starting with a three-game set with the Mariners kicking off at 9:10 PM Central on Monday. In the opener, Luis Garcia (7-5, 2.86 ERA) for Houston is slated to go opposite Darren McCaughan (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who will make his second career appearance and first start for Seattle.

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