GURRIEL'S MASSIVE DAY LEADS TO ANOTHER EASY WIN

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 14-3 win

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The Astros wrapped up their brief two-game series with Colorado in a Wednesday afternoon game. Here is a quick rundown of the final matchup of the quick two-game series:

Final Score: 14-3 Astros.

Record: 75-40, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Gerrit Cole, 14-5.

Losing pitcher: Peter Lambert, 2-3.

1) Oh, Yuli

Yuli Gurriel matched an Astros record with 8 RBI in one game, almost singlehandly beating the Rockies. Gurriel finished 2 for 4 and had a three-run homer, a double with the bases loaded, a sac fly and a fielder's choice RBI. But the offense was so good, they did not even need Gurriel to win this one. Alex Bregman also drove in three runs and the Astros put up a 9-spot on Colorado's starter, Lambert.

2) Cole blooded

Cole did his thing once again, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out 10. Cole did not walk a batter. The Cy Young race appears to be down to Cole and teammate Justin Verlander.

3) How good is Yordan Alvarez?

No, he didn't drive in a run. But he added another three hits. The league has had plenty of time to adjust to him, and yet he is still hitting .340. Today was Gurriel's day, but the Astros are loaded with players who can dominant a game at any given time. Alvarez is yet another of those to go along with Gurriel, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose Altuve. What a huge addition.

Up next 

The Astros get a day off before heading to Baltimore for a three-game series against the struggling Orioles. The Astros will send out Wade Miley on Friday, Aaron Sanchez on Saturday and Justin Verlander on Sunday. The Orioles have the second worst record in the American League.

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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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