The Astros win their seventh game in a row

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 11-4 win

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The Astros started this road trip with a bang in an 8-1 win, their sixth in a row. They went for lucky number 7 tonight. Here's a recap of the win and a three key points

Final Score: Astros 11, Tigers 4

Record: 28-15, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 13.00 ERA)


1. The Astros Offense Got to Work Early... and Never Stopped

The Astros bats have been in a tear since the Royals series early last week. After putting up eight runs yesterday, the offense got to work early after a three run HR in from Correa to dead centerfield. Brantley scored two and Bregman scored on a throwing error in the second. Aledmys Diaz hit a solo shot on back to back nights in the third. Gurriel scored Correa with a single in the fourth. George Springer hit the first inside the park HR of his career in the fifth. Diaz scored Brantley with an RBI single in the sixth. It was not until the seventh that the offense failed to score a run. Diaz, again, got himself an RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Tony Kemp. The Tigers did not get a 1-2-3 inning until the ninth.


2. George Springer: The Living Highlight Reel

Whether it's with the bat or on the field, Springer is finding himself in the daily highlight reels. Last night, he made two defensive plays. Tonight, an inside the park home run, the first for the Astros since Lance Berkman in 2002. He is making an impact every game, one way or another.


3. McHugh Tries to Find his Role in the Bullpen

Collin McHugh lost his position in the rotation late last week. He made his first appearance out of the pen on Sunday. McHugh got two quick outs in the seventh before striking out Brandon Dixon to end the inning. McHugh was nasty retiring Castellanos, Hicks and Rodriguez via the strike out in the eight to end his outing with four strike outs in a row. It was a positive outing for a guy who needed one.


Up Next: Another 6:10 PM start time tomorrow night for the third game of the series . Justin Verlander (6-1, 2.51 ERA) returns to his old stomping grounds for the series finale. The Tigers have not announced who will start tomorrow's game.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

Astros drop series finale to Boston

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-1 loss

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After the thrilling walk-off win on Saturday night, the Astros had Justin Verlander on the mound Sunday looking to sweep this series and make it a 5-1 season series with the Red Sox. Here's a rundown of the game:

Final Score: Red Sox 4, Astros 1

Record: 35-19, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3, 5.04 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Justin Verlander (8-2, 2.38 ERA).

1) Correa picks up where he left off

After driving in the winning run with a walk-off RBI-single the night before, Carlos Correa gave Houston their first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI-single. That run would be the only one of the game for Houston, though, as they'd get just four hits during the afternoon.

2) Good, but not good enough for Verlander

Justin Verlander brought his 8-1 record and 2.24 ERA to the mound on Sunday but would have a mediocre start by his standards. Verlander allowed a couple of runs by his own doing, one on a sac fly in the third after a runner made it to third after a couple of wild pitches, Verlander's first of the year.

Boston took the lead in the fourth on a solo home run, then later would make it 3-1 by scoring on a couple of defensive errors for the Astros, giving Verlander three earned runs on the day. His final line: seven innings pitched, six hits, three runs, zero walks, and six strikeouts. The strikeouts moved him over 2,800 in his career, ending his day at 2,801 which is just two away from Cy Young who has 2,803 at number 22 on the all-time leaderboard.

Josh James was first out of Houston's bullpen and pitched a scoreless eighth, then Framber Valdez pitched the ninth during which Boston would extend the lead to 4-1 which would go down as the final score.

3) Diaz exits with yet another leg injury

Aledmys Diaz would exit the game after crossing home in the first inning, tweaking his hamstring and making yet another Houston player to go out with a leg issue. Tyler White would come in to cover first base allowing Yuli Gurriel to move to second, then later in the game Tony Kemp would pinch-hit and move to second and Gurriel back to first. It's unclear so far how much time Diaz will miss.

This injury would come just one day after catcher Max Stassi left a game with a knee issue, resulting in the call-up of Garret Stubbs to take over the second catcher's spot behind Robinson Chirinos.

Up Next: With this series in the books the Astros will finish this homestand with a three-game series with their old NL-Central rivals, the Cubs. They'll start the series with a Memorial Day game which will get started at 1:10 PM and feature pitchers Gerrit Cole (4.5, 4.11 ERA) for Houston and Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.38 ERA) for Chicago.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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