Astros complete four-game sweep with extra-inning win over Indians

Houston had excellent play on both sides of the ball in extra innings to finish a four-game sweep on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

With wins in the first three games under their belt, the Astros tried to finish this series and head into a day off owners of a four-game sweep. Although Cleveland would force extra innings, Houston held on to win thanks to excellent play on both sides of the ball in the tenth inning.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Indians 3

Astros' Record: 52-33, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Blake Taylor (1-2)

Losing Pitcher: Emmanuel Clase (3-3)

McCormick keeps coming through for Houston

After three scoreless innings on both sides, Houston started the scoring for the afternoon in the top of the fourth on a Chas McCormick RBI single to grab the 1-0 lead. After the Indians tied it with a run in the bottom of the fifth off of Zack Greinke, the Astros regained the lead after a leadoff single by Carlos Correa in the top of the sixth set up two more RBI for McCormick, this time a two-run go-ahead homer.

Late homer costs Greinke's chance at a win

Zack Greinke cruised early in this start, allowing just one baserunner through the first four innings on a first-inning single. Cleveland got on the board against him in the fifth, getting a run on a hit, walk, and a couple of sacrifices, at the time tying the game. He allowed a solo homer in the sixth but finished that inning along with a scoreless seventh.

He tried to hang on in line for the win in the bottom of the eighth, but a one-out solo homer tied the game before he would get one more out as Dusty Baker would bring in Blake Taylor, who notched the final out. That put an end to Greinke's stat line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 100 P.

Astros complete the four-game sweep in extras

Taylor remained on the mound for the bottom of the ninth, still tied, to try and force extra innings. He got it done, retiring the Indians 1-2-3 to send the game to the tenth. Myles Straw started on second base in the top half, but after moving to third on a strikeout wild pitch, got caught between there and home on a groundball.

Another defensive miscue by Cleveland on the next play proved costly, as a potential double-play turned error allowed Yuli Gurriel to score to put Houston back in front 4-3. Brooks Raley entered to try and close things out, and after a tremendous defensive play by him on the mound where he caught a bunt and fired it to second for a double play, he finished the four-game sweep for Houston.

Up Next: After a day off on Monday, the Astros will pick up their final week of games before the All-Star break on Tuesday as they welcome in the A's for a three-game set in Houston. In the opener, Framber Valdez (5-1, 2.18 ERA) is expected to go opposite Chris Bassitt (9-2, 3.04 ERA) for Oakland.

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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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