Houston gets back-to-back wins

10 years after his debut, Altuve leads Astros over Indians to secure series

Now a veteran of 10 years, Jose Altuve continues to provide the Astros a ton of upside. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

After grabbing the opener on Monday, the Astros continued the series against the Indians on Tuesday seeking to secure the series with another victory. Thanks to a strong offensive performance, including leadoff man Jose Altuve blasting a couple of homers, they would grab a blowout victory.

Final Score: Astros 9, Indians 3

Astros' Record: 58-38, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (7-5)

Losing Pitcher: Triston McKenzie (1-4)

Altuve sparks the offense

Possibly the biggest storyline of this game was that it was the 10-year anniversary of Jose Altuve's major-league debut. He kept the spotlight once play started, putting Houston on the board in the bottom of the first with a leadoff solo home run. He did it again to lead off the bottom of the third, doubling the Astros lead to 2-0.

Other parts of Houston's lineup would get in on the action in the bottom of the fifth, with two reaching base to set up a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez to make it 4-0. He, too, would later come around to score as Kyle Tucker would crush a 435-foot two-run bomb to extend the lead to 6-0 heading to the sixth. They didn't stop there, getting more runners on base to set up Michael Brantley for a two-RBI single to make it a six-run inning and 8-0 lead.

Garcia goes six shutout innings

Meanwhile, on the mound for the Astros, their starter had a great start. Luis Garcia cruised through his outing, allowing just three baserunners, all on singles which he would erase, making it through six effective, scoreless innings to maintain the lead given to him. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 79 P.

Astros secure the series

After Kyle Tucker notched his third RBI of the night on a two-out single to make it 9-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Houston dipped into their bullpen in the top of the seventh to bring in Bryan Abreu. He worked around a two-out walk and single, erasing both to keep Cleveland off the board. Joe Smith was next, but he would have a rough inning as he allowed three runs on four-straight hits before getting through the frame.

Blake Taylor took over in the top of the ninth to try and close things out. He put a couple on base but worked around it to end the blowout win for Houston, who secures the series and gives them a chance to complete the series and season-series sweep on Wednesday.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series and the last game of the seven-game season series will get started at 7:10 PM Central on Wednesday. Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 2.80 ERA) will look to continue his impressive year for Houston, while Cleveland will hand the ball to Eli Morgan (1-3, 7.86 ERA).

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We'll see if Watson is in pads on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans had their last practice before pads come on for the first time on Tuesday. There was plenty to see on Monday.

1. Deshaun Watson had his usual extremely light level of work. He did very little throwing to teammates, though he did throw to the tight ends in 1-on-1 drills.

2. Texans head coach David Culley said "nothing has changed" when asked if Deshaun Watson will be in pads Tuesday. Culley has maintained that answer for a couple of sessions now.

3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was back after missing Saturday with an excused personal day. Taylor has been the best quarterback in camp by a wide margin. Taylor makes better decisions with the football than other quarterbacks, but he does struggle on deeper passes. Taylor missed wildly on one deep ball and was a little wobbly on another.

4. Nobody in camp can cover wide receiver Brandin Cooks. This could be the easiest training camp of his life. He easily gets open in 1-on-1 situations.

5. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins continues to flash his abilities in camp. Collins easily shook loose from defensive back John Reid and took the route vertical for an easy score. Collins later had a tough catch in traffic.

6. It's only been a few days, but the competition for inside wide receiver reps is tough. Former Bears wideout Anthony Miller has looked quick and nothing like the "draft bust" the Bears fans watched. Keke Coutee has rarely lost a rep, but Desmond King did win a few times over Coutee in the opening days of camp. Former Bengals wideout Alex Erickson finds himself constantly open. The cuts at wide receiver are already shaking out to be difficult.

7. Davis Mills bounced back in a sense that he couldn't be worse than he was on Saturday. The performance from Mills on Saturday was abysmal, but head coach David Culley said he liked how Mills responded today. With Tyrod Taylor back, there were fewer reps for Mills, but he had some impressive throws to go along with an off-target throw or two. Mills was far better than Jeff Driskel on Monday. Driskel tossed two interceptions right to defenders, including one that would've gone the wrong way for a score.

8. This linebacker group is interesting. With a new defensive scheme under Lovie Smith, the type of linebacker is very different from previous years. There was a clear emphasis on cover ability as these linebackers were added to the team.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Kevin Pierre-Louis have both had some significant wins for the linebackers in coverage.

10. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan looks the part physically, but he's had a rough few days, including a drop on Monday.

11. With the pads coming on Tuesday, it will be fun to watch the rebuilt defensive line clash with the many combinations of the offensive line. There will be no J.J. Watt who historically stirred up the team on day one of pads. Laremy Tunsil's cool confidence about the offensive line over the weekend leads me to believe they are a confident group, while there are spots to be won on the defensive side of the line.

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