Oakland returns the favor and pummels the Astros

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 21-7 loss

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After beating the Mariners and A's with a combined score of 36-1 over the last two games, Houston looked to stay hot on offense to take the second game of this series against Oakland and continue moving towards a clinch of the division. Here is a recap of Tuesday's game:

Final Score: A's 21, Astros 7.

Record: 95-51, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.01 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Wade Miley (13-5, 3.74 ERA).

1) What is going on with Wade Miley? 

After a horrible appearance in his last start where he had five earned runs and left the game without recording an out, Wade Miley was likely determined to get out to a quick and efficient start on Tuesday. Instead, he had an even worse performance than his last, giving up seven earned runs while getting a single out.

He allowed a lead-off single, then a one-out walk, followed by six consecutive singles which put Oakland out to an immediate 6-0 lead before A.J. Hinch would make his way to the mound and move to the bullpen. Cy Sneed would quickly warm-up and finish the first, but not before allowing another of Miley's runs. Miley's final line: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR.

2) A night to forget for Houston 

Unlike Miley's last disaster where he was eventually bailed out by his offense, there was no coming back for the Astros in this one. Sneed allowed four runs of his own, allowing two two-run homers with one in the second and one in the third. Joe Biagini did even worse, coming in to try and eat some innings in the fourth but instead allowing three two-run homers without getting a single out.

Devenski finished the fourth, but Oakland would get to him too, tagging him with a solo home run and an RBI-double. Framber Valdez was next and allowed the 20th run to the A's on the night on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, then one last run in the ninth, though he would finish the game.

Although futile, the Astros did get a few offensive highlights, including two-homer nights for George Springer and Martin Maldonado, and RBIs from Myles Straw, Abraham Toro, and Jake Marisnick.

Up Next: Houston will look to quickly erase this loss from their memory and take a 2-1 lead in the series with a win on Wednesday night. Game three of this four-game set will get underway at 7:10 PM, and while the A's are expected to start Brett Anderson (11-9, 4.08 ERA), the Astros will look to their bullpen to go all nine innings as they work with a four-man rotation the rest of the year.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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