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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Dr. Rick warns his patients, young homeowners who are turning into their parents, you can expect to pay more for snacks and drinks at a movie theater. It's the same deal at a professional sports venue. Three years ago, I put a down payment on a cheeseburger at Toyota Center ... I still have three more payments to go before I get it.

But this is ridiculous. The PGA Championship, the lesser (least) of golf's majors, is charging $18 for a beer, a 25-ounce Michelob Ultra, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. It's $19 for a Stella Artois. You can buy a six-pack for less at the supermarket. Aren't there laws against price gouging, like during a hurricane? Isn't Tulsa where the Golden Hurricanes play? Get FEMA in here. Did tournament directors get together and ponder, how can we piss off our fans? Sure, it's Tulsa and there's not much else to do, but that's no excuse.

Charging $18 for a beer makes the concession stands at Minute Maid Park look like a Sunday morning farmer's market. A 25-ounce domestic beer during an Astros game is $13.49. A 25-ounce premium beer is $14.45. Yeah, that's high for a beer, but at Minute Maid Park there are lots of hands in the till. Aramark wants to make a profit, the taxman has big mitts, and the Astros want their cut, too. Look, you want to sign Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez to an extension or not? Then drink up and don't complain. Some quiet grumbling and head-shaking is permitted, however.

You know the PGA Championship is charging too much for a beer when even the rich pampered players take notice. "18 (!!!!!) for a beer ... uhhh what," former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas tweeted. "Good thing I don't drink a lot."

Like he will be in line for a beer at a public concession booth, anyway.

Of course there will be fans sneaking in beer in baggies strapped to their ankles, like stuffing your pockets with store-bought Snickers before going to the movies. It doesn't have to be this way. The Masters, the most prestigious golf event, charges only $5 for both domestic and imported beer. I know it's a gimmick, part of The Masters mystique along with pimento sandwiches for $1.50, but still it's a welcome gesture. You never lose when you treat the public fairly. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank insisted that food vendors charge the same inside the stadium as they do at their regular restaurants. Same thing when Denver International Airport opened, fast food restaurants couldn't jack up their prices to their captive customers. Here? There needs to be a loan window outside the Cinnabon booth at Bush-Intercontinental.

Except for the Masters in Augusta, golf's majors aren't tied to a city. A major comes to a city maybe every few years or in most cases never. There's no need to ride into a city like the James Gang, rob the local bank, and high tail it out of town. Golf should be the last professional sport to stick it to fans. While the game has made strides to open its arms to lower-income youths, golf remains an elitist, extremely expensive sport for regular folk. Equipment is expensive, private courses are exclusive and country clubs are exclusionary. Public courses are less expensive but still expensive and crowded. Plus there's never been a professional sport more dangerously dominated by one person than golf. I can imagine network executives on their knees praying that Tiger Woods makes the cut and plays on weekends. Otherwise, TV ratings go straight into the toilet, you know, like whatever team Mattress Mack is betting on. (I joke because I love, and frankly a little scared.)

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