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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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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