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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Zack Greinke earned his 10th win of the season in Sunday's finale agains the Rangers. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With the first two wins of the series under their belt, the Astros entered Sunday looking to take care of business before heading on the road. Despite the Rangers taking the first lead of the day, the Astros responded on offense and defense to erase the deficit to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 3, Rangers 1

Astros' Record: 61-39, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (10-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dennis Santana (0-1)

Greinke, with some help, notches a quality start

Zack Greinke was doing well in the early goings of Sunday's finale. Despite allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, he stranded both runners to finish the top of the first. He followed that by erasing two more runners in the second, starting a stretch of eight straight batters which he would retire to make it through one out in the top of the fifth without allowing a run.

Texas finally added a blemish to his day at that point, getting a solo homer to grab their first lead in weeks. Greinke rebounded from it, sitting down the next two batters to finish the frame, then posted a 1-2-3 sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh, but would end his day with a struggle, loading the bases with no outs on a single, hit batter, and walk. That prompted Dusty Baker to bring in Cristian Javier, who saved Greinke's stat line by getting a strikeout and double play to keep the Rangers from scoring. Greinke's line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 86 P.

Houston grabs the lead

Houston's starter would leave in line for the win, thanks to the work of Cristian Javier, but also some timely offense in the two innings prior. With not much going for them in the first four innings, the Astros tried to take advantage of Chas McCormick being on base in the bottom of the fifth, sending him for a potential hit and run with Abraham Toro swinging.

That turned into two runs, with McCormick able to slow his run as Toro would launch a two-run go-ahead homer to erase the Rangers lead quickly. They extended the lead to two runs in the next inning, with Yordan Alvarez working a walk and then later scoring on an RBI single by Kyle Tucker, making it 3-1.

Astros finish the sweep

After cleaning up the inherited mess in the top of the seventh, Javier remained on the mound in the top of the eighth and made it through a 1-2-3 inning to give him six outs against five batters. With it still a two-run game in the top of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save opportunity. He notched it, sitting down the Rangers 1-2-3 to finish the sweep, handing Texas their twelfth straight loss.

Up Next: The Astros will head out west for an eight-game road trip starting with a three-game set with the Mariners kicking off at 9:10 PM Central on Monday. In the opener, Luis Garcia (7-5, 2.86 ERA) for Houston is slated to go opposite Darren McCaughan (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who will make his second career appearance and first start for Seattle.

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