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 gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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