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.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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