Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-3 win

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The Astros were back in action Friday night at home against the Red Sox, looking to flip the page from a disappointing end to the four-game series with the White Sox that ended in a split. Here is a recap of the first game of the weekend series with Boston:

Final Score: Astros 4, Red Sox 3

Record: 34-18, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (5-2, 3.21 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Chris Sale (1-6, 4.19 ERA).

1) Springer back in the lineup, but exits late injured again

The Astros had one of the AL's best hitters back in the lineup on Friday night, putting George Springer back in the leadoff spot against Chris Sale after missing four games with back stiffness. It wasn't Springer who got the offense going, though, with Aledmys Diaz getting a single in the second then scoring on an error to put Houston on the board 1-0. Jake Marisnick doubled that score with a solo homer in the bottom of the third.

Houston added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, one on an RBI-groundout by Jake Marisnick, his second RBI of the night, then after an error during that same play moved Josh Reddick to third, Springer took advantage with a sac fly to make it a 4-0 lead.

Springer would exit the game later, though, after sliding in foul territory racing after a foul ball, injuring his leg. He limped to the dugout before slamming his glove down in frustration, though it's not clear how severe the injury is yet.

2) Miley on a mission 

Wade Miley had a good night on the mound, especially against a potent Boston lineup. Miley was perfect through three innings and did not allow a hit until the fourth. He got into some trouble in the fifth, loading the bases with one out after a couple of singles and a walk, but answered back to leave the bases loaded and get out of the jam.

Back on the mound in the sixth, Boston was able to get on the board with a solo home run to make it a 4-1 game, but Miley would finish the inning and still finish with a great line: 6 innings pitched, 1 run, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts, the most in a start he's had dating all the way back to June 2017.

3) Harris, Pressly, and Osuna pull out the win

With Miley's night done after six one-run innings, Houston went to their bullpen starting with Will Harris in the seventh. Harris retired Boston in order for a 1-2-3 inning, setting up Ryan Pressly to take over in the eighth. Pressly would give up his first earned run in 39 innings and 40 appearances in the top of the eighth, a solo home run to trim the lead to 4-2. Pressly would struggle slightly after that, allowing two runners on a single and walk, but would leave them stranded as he would go on to strike out the side.

Roberto Osuna took the mound in the ninth, looking to continue his save streak. He'd do so, finishing out the win despite allowing a solo home run to get Boston within a run at 4-3.

Up Next: Game two of this series between Houston and Boston will get underway with first pitch at 6:15 PM tomorrow. The Astros will have Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.59 ERA) on the mound looking for his fourth straight win, but he'll have to do so by beating out David Price (2-2, 3.29 ERA) who will be on the mound for the Red Sox.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Houston's offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

Houston keeps mashing

Unlike Tuesday's game which ended 3-1 in a much closer affair, the finale on Wednesday was once again a lopsided affair like Monda's opener, favoring the Astros. Houston once again put up double-digit runs in an offensive explosion. It started right off the bat, with three runs scoring in the top of the first on a two-RBI double by Carlos Correa and an RBI single by Kyle Tucker to grab a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

Urquidy cruises through seven scoreless

Jose Urquidy was cruising all the while, allowing just three baserunners over that span, a double to start his night, which he erased, then a one-out walk in the second and leadoff single in the sixth. He returned at the bottom of the seventh with a manageable pitch count, where he'd erase a one-out single to keep Baltimore scoreless. With the insurmountable lead, he'd be given the rest of the night off. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 P.

Astros complete the sweep and grab tenth straight win

Chas McCormick, who came off the bench defensively in the bottom of the seventh, made it a twelve-run lead with a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, then later Abraham Toro notched his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single to make it 13-0. Brandon Bielak took over for Urquidy in the bottom of the eighth, and after loading the bases with no outs, was able to escape with a strikeout and double play.

Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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