ASTROS WIN THE FINALE

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 8-7 win

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Astros win the final game of the series in extra innings taking three out of four from the Mariners.

Final Score: Astros 8, Mariners 7 F/14

Record: 43-21, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Chris Devenski (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Matt Festa (0-1)

1) Astros get the bats going early

The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Yuli Gurriel drove in Derek Fisher on a single to center. Robinson Chirinos extended the lead by hitting a two-run home run later in the inning. Alex Bregman added another run in the top of the 5th by hitting a solo home run.

Jack Mayfield added another run with a solo homer in the seventh. Tony Kemp drove in Robinson Chirinos with a sacrifice fly to center in the eighth inning. In the top of the tenth, the Astros scored another run on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick scoring Robinson Chirinos. Myles Straw started the 14th inning with a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Yuli Gurriel.

2) Justin Verlander has a solid outing but bullpen struggles

Justin Verlander had another quality performance striking out seven and allowing three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. His final line – 6.1 IP, 5H, 3ER, 0 BB, 7 K. Will Harris took over for Verlander with one out in the seventh and allowed 3 runs to score before Ryan Pressly came in to get the final out of the inning.

Pressly allowed one run and recorded one out in the eighth before Roberto Osuna was called in to finish the inning. Osuna gave up an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion with two outs in the ninth which tied the game. Hector Rondon gave up a solo bomb in the 10th which tied the game again. Josh James pitched a scoreless 11th inning and 12th inning.

Chris Devenski pitched a scoreless 13th inning. Things got scary in the 14th, but Devenski got the win for the Astros despite the bases being loaded.


Up Next: The Astros head back to Houston to begin a series with the Orioles on Friday at 7:10pm. Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.94 ERA) takes the mound for Houston. Gabriel Ynoa (0-2, 5.06 ERA) is the projected starter for Baltimore.

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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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