RivALZ… all for a good cause

Blondes vs. Brunettes

Video Credit: Quy Tran Photography

Each year over 120 ladies come from all over the surrounding areas of Houston to raise funds & awareness for the Alzheimer's Association and play some football. The two rival teams, Blondes and Brunettes not only compete on the field on game day, but off the field with fundraising. For 8 weeks both teams' practice, while fundraising through tons of events, sponsors, and personally via each player until the morning of the big game. By game time both teams will have raised hundreds of thousands in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. This year's goal is $380k for the RivALZ Houston chapter. And across the country over $13 million dollars are raised through RivALZ in over 40 cities throughout the country.

These ladies from all around Houston have a passion for the flag football game, with quite a few of them coming from a former college athlete background. Some players and coaches participate for the passion of helping a great cause and great organization. For others, the fight against this terrible disease is deeply personal. It may be a family member or close friend affected by Alzheimer's. But after weeks training and fundraising leading up to the big game, everyone has one common goal, and that is to end Alzheimer's.

·Game Day- Saturday, April 27th @ Noon UH/TDECU STADIUM

·$25 donation gets you in the door

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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