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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Houston pulls of the victory

Astros get comeback win over Diamondbacks to take the series

Jose Siri and Chas McCormick's back-to-back homers pushed the Astros over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a disappointing loss in the middle game of this set, the Astros tried to end their streak of "playing down" to teams by getting a convincing win to take the series on Sunday. They would get the victory, but it would take an eighth-inning comeback to get the job done.

Final Score: Astros 7, Diamondbacks 6

Astros' Record: 88-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Peter Solomon (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandyn Sittinger (0-1)

Greinke roughed up as teams trade big innings

The Astros jumped out to a first-inning lead against Arizona, getting a leadoff walk and one-out single to set up Carlos Correa for a two-out three-run homer to make it 3-0. Zack Greinke retired the first seven batters he faced, but the Diamondbacks' first hit was a loud one, a solo homer by Pavin Smith to cut the lead to two runs in the top of the third.

Greinke ran into big trouble in the fourth, giving up a one-out single, walk, then three-straight RBI singles, the third bringing in two runs as Arizona went in front 5-3. He would get the final two outs, and his day would end short there as Houston moved to their bullpen in the fifth. His final line: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 68 P.

Houston goes back in front with big eighth inning

Peter Solomon, recently recalled by Houston from Triple-A to grab a fresh arm for the bullpen, made his fourth appearance of 2021 when he took over for Greinke in the top of the fifth. He allowed Arizona to extend their lead to two runs, giving up a leadoff walk, a single, then later a sac fly to make it 6-4 before getting through the inning. He kept going for a 1-2-3 sixth, and in the seventh, erased a couple of walks with a double play to keep it a two-run game.

Houston had their first chance against Arizona's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh and threatened to do some damage by working three walks to load the bases but would strand all three runners. Jose Siri made it a new game in the bottom of the eighth, capitalizing on a leadoff walk that set him up for a game-tying homer, and Chas McCormick followed that to make it back-to-back homers to put the Astros back in front, 7-6.

Astros get the series victory

Despite having pitched the first two games of this series, Houston elected to bring in closer Ryan Pressly to try and close things out in the top of the ninth with the one-run lead. He did not look the least bit fatigued, striking out the side in order to give the Astros the series win and move them another game closer to punching their ticket to the playoffs.

Up Next: With this short homestand over, the Astros will begin their final road trip of the regular season on Monday, with the opener of four in Los Angeles against the Angels starting at 8:38 PM Central. Framber Valdez (10-5, 3.26 ERA) is expected to get back on the mound for Houston after missing a turn due to a finger cut, while the Angels should have a start by Jaime Barria (2-3, 4.93 ERA).

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