ASTROS LOSE THE FINALE

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 9-8 loss

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The Astros secured another series win after beating the Rays on Wednesday night. Houston was looking for a sweep on Thursday afternoon with Zack Greinke taking the hill. Here is a recap of the finale of the three-game series.

Final Score: Rays 9, Astros 8.

Record: 87-48, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jose De Leon (1-0, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Chris Devenski (2-3, 5.28 ERA).

Not a great start for Greinke

Despite Zack Greinke not having his best performance on Thursday, the Astros still had a chance to win the game. Houston had a 6-5 lead going into the seventh inning when Chris Devenski gave up three earned runs giving the Rays an 8-6 lead.

Astros fight back

‚ÄčThe Astros added a run in the bottom of the seventh, making it a one-run game. That didn't last long when the Rays took that run right back in the top of the eighth making the score 9-7.

Toro homers in the ninth inning

Abraham Toro put the Astros within one run when he homered in the bottom of the ninth off Emilio Pagan, but that wasn't enough as the Astros lost the final game of the series.

Up Next: The Astros head to Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays that starts on Friday at 6:07PM. Wade Miley (13-4, 3.13 ERA) takes the mound for Houston and will face RHP Trent Thornton (4-8, 5.34 ERA).

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After blowing a four-run lead and wasting the chance to win the series on Tuesday, the Astros tried to remedy things with a win on Wednesday night behind Zack Greinke on the mound. Here is a recap of the rubber game of the three-game set between Houston and San Francisco:

Final Score: Astros 5, Giants 1.

Record: 8-10, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.53 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Caleb Baragar (2-1, 11.25 ERA).

Greinke with another strong start

San Francisco carried over their momentum from the night before into the top of the first against Zack Greinke, getting a leadoff triple that would result in a quick 1-0 lead after an RBI-single. Greinke would do well after that, though, dealing with some traffic but keeping the Giants off the board over the next five innings.

He would keep going into the seventh, but with his pitch count rising and putting two on base with a single and walk, he would have his night come to an end as Houston went to Brooks Raley, who would get the second and third outs. That finalized Greinke's line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.

Astros bats stay hot, Houston wins the series

Greinke would leave with a lead, thanks to an RBI-single by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game 1-1 before Houston would put together a four-run sixth. Houston loaded the bases with no outs to allow Carlos Correa to score on a wild pitch to take a 2-1 lead, then Martin Maldonado followed with another big hit in 2020, a three-run home run to extend the lead to 5-1.

That left two more innings for the bullpen to cover with a four-run lead. In the top of the eighth, Raley would return and retire the Giants in order. Still a 5-1 score in the ninth, Blake Taylor would take over on the mound to try and finish off the game. He would get through the scoreless frame, wrapping up the win and the series victory for Houston.

Up Next: The Astros have a day off on Thursday before continuing this homestand with a three-game weekend series with the Mariners starting Friday at 8:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.28 ERA) going for Seattle, opposite of Framber Valdez (0-2, 2.04 ERA) for Houston.

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