Houston finishes the day at 17-14

Astros win series against Angels after splitting doubleheader

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Due to Hurricane Laura looming in the Gulf of Mexico, the Astros and Angels expedited their series by having a doubleheader on Tuesday to move through two games in one day, along with postponing Wednesday's game. After winning the opener on Monday, Houston would try to sweep the now three-game series by taking both of the two seven-inning games. Here is a recap of the two games:


Game 1

Final Score (7 innings): Astros 6, Angels 3.

Record: 17-13, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.77 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jose Suarez (0-2, 38.57 ERA).

Astros score five in the first

Houston went hard after Jose Suarez in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1, scoring five runs on five hits and an error, including an RBI-single by Josh Reddick and a two-RBI single by Jack Mayfield. The game remained 5-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Jose Altuve would walk with one out then scored from first on a long RBI-double by Yuli Gurriel, extending the lead to 6-0.

Javier with an efficient start

After cruising through the first four innings without allowing a hit, the Angels would finally break through against Cristian Javier in the top of the fifth. A leadoff walk would come around to score on an RBI-single by Jason Castro, the first hit of the day for Los Angeles.

They added another that inning on an RBI-double, then led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to make it a three-run game at 6-3. Still, Javier did his job by pitching most of the seven-inning game. His final line: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5K, 1 HR, 89P.

One down, one to go

Blake Taylor came on to get the final out of the sixth inning for Javier, then with the score 6-3 going to the top of the seventh, Houston would bring out Ryan Pressly for the save situation. He would collect the save, erasing a leadoff single by retiring the next three batters. The win moved the Astros to 17-13 at the halfway point of the 60-game season.


Game 2

Final Score (7 innings): Angels 12, Astros 5.

Record: 17-14, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Felix Peña (2-0, 2.30 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Brandon Bielak (3-2, 5.40 ERA).

Bielak's struggles continue as Angels score four in the first

The Angels flipped the script on the Astros in the first inning of game two. They would put up four runs on Brandon Bielak, whose struggles continued on the mound as he would only record two outs while allowing the four runs (one unearned) on three hits and three walks. That put Houston in a 4-0 hole before they could even get to the plate.

Cy Sneed took over for damage control in the first, and he was able to get the third out of that inning, throw the second, and get one out into the third before the Astros went to their next reliever, Brooks Raley. Raley allowed a solo home run to lead off the fourth, extending Los Angeles' lead to 5-0. They tacked on one more in the fifth, giving Andre Scrubb his first earned run of the year with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.

Astros finally crack Teheran in the fifth

Meanwhile, Julio Teheran was blanking Houston's bats. He allowed a single in the bottom of the second but followed that up with a double play to erase the runner. He would complete four innings while facing the minimum amount of batters, maintaining the five-run lead behind him.

The Astros would finally get to him in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single followed by an RBI-triple by Kyle Tucker, who would later score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick. Abraham Toro followed Reddick with a solo home run to cut the lead in half at 6-3 and chase Teheran out of the game. They continued their two-out rally, getting a walk by Dustin Garneau, who advanced on a wild pitch then scored on an RBI-single by Myles Straw, making it 6-4.

Angels take game two

The Angels answered in the top of the sixth, getting two runs right back on back-to-back RBI-singles to make it a four-run game at 8-4. They added more insurance in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of more struggles by Joe Biagini, putting up a four-run inning to make it 12-4. Despite a solo home run by Dustin Garneau in the bottom of the seventh, Los Angeles would wrap up the game as the Astros and Angels split the doubleheader, with Houston taking the series 2-1.

Up Next: With Wednesday's game postponed, the Astros will have two days off to let Hurricane Laura pass through the southeast Texas area. Their next scheduled game is Friday night at home against the A's. The first pitch is 8:10 PM Central, and as of now, the expected pitching matchup is Franke Montas (2-2, 5.22 ERA) for Oakland and Lance McCullers Jr. (2-2, 5.74 ERA) for Houston.

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Yordan Alvarez's homer in Wednesday's game gave him 100 RBI on the season. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Winners of three straight, six of their last seven, and eight of their last ten, the Astros had the chance to move yet another game closer to clinching their playoff spot if they could secure the series with a win against the Angels on Wednesday. Even though it looked as though they were headed towards a loss in extra innings, they would ultimately come out ahead.

Final Score (12 innings): Astros 9, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 91-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yimi Garcia (4-9)

Losing Pitcher: Sam Selman (0-1)

Garcia goes six shutout innings

Although he didn't have swing-and-miss dominance in this start, Luis Garcia could still capitalize on a struggling Angels offense and post a shutout quality start against them. He allowed three walks and three hits throughout his outing but stranded all of them while getting outs on balls in play. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 79 P.

Alvarez reaches 100 RBI as Houston's offense keeps rolling

That performance had Garcia in line for the win, as two homers handed him a 3-0 advantage which he held. Houston once again used early offense to take a first-inning lead, as a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve turned into a monster 456-foot by Yordan Alvarez, pushing him to 100 RBI on the season. The score held at 2-0 until the top of the fifth, when Jason Castro led that frame off with a solo homer to extend the lead to three runs.

Extras in Anaheim

Phil Maton was first out of Houston's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but a single, double, and walk loaded the bases with no outs to put him in a jam. A lineout kept the runners put for the first out, but a single and a walk would make it a one-run game and left the bases loaded as Maton would get pulled.

Kendall Graveman entered to try and stop the bleeding, but after a force out at home to put that within reach, Jack Mayfield came through for Los Angeles with a go-ahead three-run double, giving the Angels their first lead of the series at 5-3. In the top of the eighth, a walk by Alex Bregman brought Alvarez back to the plate, and he would nearly miss a game-tying homer and instead got an RBI-single to make it 5-4.

Alvarez would still come in to tie the game, hustling home from second on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel to knot things up 5-5. Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he sat down LA in order with two strikeouts. Still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly came in to force extras, and despite being shadowed by the winning run on the bases after a leadoff single, retired the next three batters to send the game to the tenth.

Astros keep battling and take it in the twelfth

Jake Meyers took second base as Houston's free runner in the top of the tenth, but he would go nowhere as the Astros went down in order, giving the Angels another chance at a walk-off. Instead of giving Shohei Ohtani a free pass immediately, Houston would let Blake Taylor throw two balls to him before giving him the intentional walk.

Taylor then gave up a single to load the bases with no outs, and after getting a force out at home for the first out, Yimi Garcia would replace him. Thanks to a great play by Chas McCormick, giving him multiple in the game, the Astros would live to see another inning as he would make a great catch in right field and then throw out Ohtani at home.

In the top of the eleventh, a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel moved Aledmys Diaz to third, but that's as close as Houston would come, leaving them stuck at five runs. After Garcia retired three more batters in the bottom of the eleventh, the game moved to the twelfth, where Houston would get back in front on an RBI single by Jake Meyers, then padded the new lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve, who would also score on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it 9-5. Josh James came in and wrapped things up in the bottom half as Houston secured the series victory and reduced their magic number to two against Oakland and three against Seattle.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game series, and the last time these two teams will meet this year, will be an 8:38 PM Central start on Thursday. The expected pitching matchup is Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.59 ERA) for Los Angeles and Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.11 ERA) for Houston.

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