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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Yordan Alvarez's homer in Wednesday's game gave him 100 RBI on the season. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Winners of three straight, six of their last seven, and eight of their last ten, the Astros had the chance to move yet another game closer to clinching their playoff spot if they could secure the series with a win against the Angels on Wednesday. Even though it looked as though they were headed towards a loss in extra innings, they would ultimately come out ahead.

Final Score (12 innings): Astros 9, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 91-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yimi Garcia (4-9)

Losing Pitcher: Sam Selman (0-1)

Garcia goes six shutout innings

Although he didn't have swing-and-miss dominance in this start, Luis Garcia could still capitalize on a struggling Angels offense and post a shutout quality start against them. He allowed three walks and three hits throughout his outing but stranded all of them while getting outs on balls in play. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 79 P.

Alvarez reaches 100 RBI as Houston's offense keeps rolling

That performance had Garcia in line for the win, as two homers handed him a 3-0 advantage which he held. Houston once again used early offense to take a first-inning lead, as a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve turned into a monster 456-foot by Yordan Alvarez, pushing him to 100 RBI on the season. The score held at 2-0 until the top of the fifth, when Jason Castro led that frame off with a solo homer to extend the lead to three runs.

Extras in Anaheim

Phil Maton was first out of Houston's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but a single, double, and walk loaded the bases with no outs to put him in a jam. A lineout kept the runners put for the first out, but a single and a walk would make it a one-run game and left the bases loaded as Maton would get pulled.

Kendall Graveman entered to try and stop the bleeding, but after a force out at home to put that within reach, Jack Mayfield came through for Los Angeles with a go-ahead three-run double, giving the Angels their first lead of the series at 5-3. In the top of the eighth, a walk by Alex Bregman brought Alvarez back to the plate, and he would nearly miss a game-tying homer and instead got an RBI-single to make it 5-4.

Alvarez would still come in to tie the game, hustling home from second on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel to knot things up 5-5. Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he sat down LA in order with two strikeouts. Still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly came in to force extras, and despite being shadowed by the winning run on the bases after a leadoff single, retired the next three batters to send the game to the tenth.

Astros keep battling and take it in the twelfth

Jake Meyers took second base as Houston's free runner in the top of the tenth, but he would go nowhere as the Astros went down in order, giving the Angels another chance at a walk-off. Instead of giving Shohei Ohtani a free pass immediately, Houston would let Blake Taylor throw two balls to him before giving him the intentional walk.

Taylor then gave up a single to load the bases with no outs, and after getting a force out at home for the first out, Yimi Garcia would replace him. Thanks to a great play by Chas McCormick, giving him multiple in the game, the Astros would live to see another inning as he would make a great catch in right field and then throw out Ohtani at home.

In the top of the eleventh, a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel moved Aledmys Diaz to third, but that's as close as Houston would come, leaving them stuck at five runs. After Garcia retired three more batters in the bottom of the eleventh, the game moved to the twelfth, where Houston would get back in front on an RBI single by Jake Meyers, then padded the new lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve, who would also score on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it 9-5. Josh James came in and wrapped things up in the bottom half as Houston secured the series victory and reduced their magic number to two against Oakland and three against Seattle.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game series, and the last time these two teams will meet this year, will be an 8:38 PM Central start on Thursday. The expected pitching matchup is Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.59 ERA) for Los Angeles and Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.11 ERA) for Houston.

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