Astros daily report presented by APG&E: Indians 6, Astros 3

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Final Score: Indians 6 , Astros 3

Record: 15-11, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Adam Cimber ( 2-1, 3.86 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Hector Rondon ( 2-1, 2.79 ERA)

1.) Offense Unable To Seize The Opportunity

Corey Kluber has had some shaky starts this season, three of the five ending prior to the 7th inning. Tonight's start for Kluber was looking really bad really early. The Astros had the chance to knock out Kluber in the second inning. The Indians bullpen began warming up in the bottom of the 2nd as Kluber started getting himself into trouble. Back to back walks loaded the bases and scored a run. Brantley, who entered the game with a .909 OPS, looked prime to blow this game open. Instead, he grounded to first to end the inning. Kluber's night turned out to not be stelar after all(5 innings, 7 hits, 3 earned runs), but the Astros failed to capitalize on a big moment. In the 7th, Brantley singled off the Crawford Boxes. Correa followed that with a single to right that got Brantley to third. Reddick, with the tying run at third, popped up to center to end the inning, leaving two stranded. The 8th was not much different. Yuli Gurriel singled to right, but nothing came of it, as Writtgren retired White, Chirinos, and Springer to end the inning.

2.) McHugh's Fight With The Long Ball

McHugh was entered the game off his worst start of the season after giving up nine earned runs in Arlington. Though the bases were not nearly as busy tonight, McHugh gave up three home runs in the first five innings, not allowing the Astros to sustain the leads they had established early in the game. McHugh left the game after 5 2/3 innings clearly upset with his performance.

3.) The Bullpen Could Not Keep Them In The Game

Hector Rondon entered the game in the 7th giving up a single to Perez. Naquin followed that with an RBI double to give the Indians the lead. Chris Devenski kept his composure as he struck out Greg Allen to end the 8th leaving two stranded for the Indians and leaving the Astros with a chance to fight back. Josh James got the nod in the 9th and proceeded to give up a two run HR to Francisco Lindor. James would get through the ninth striking out three of the six batters he faced.

Up Next: The series will continue on Saturday afternoon, 3:05 PM start time. Houston will send the one and only Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.29 ERA) to the mound. The Indians will counter with Shane Bieber ( 2-1, 3.47 ERA).

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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