TWINS TAKE THE SERIES WITH THE ASTROS LOSING THE FINALE, 8-2

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

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Here's a quick rundown of the final result from the Astros' loss to the Twins in the finale of the 4-game series.

Final Score: Twins 8, Astros 2

Record: 18-14, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.91 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Brad Peacock (2-2, 5.28 ERA)

Peacock struggles

Brad Peacock had a rough outing giving up 7 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday. Twins catcher Jason Castro had a big day against his former team going 2 for 4 while driving in 4 runs in Minnesota's win over Houston.

Another bomb for Bregman

Alex Bregman had a solo home run in the first inning of the game, giving him 6 total homers for the season.

Up Next: The Astros have Friday off and will begin a two game series against the Angels on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm and will feature Wade Miley (1-2, 3.24 ERA) for Houston going up against Trevor Cahill (1-2, 5.93 ERA) for Los Angeles.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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