WRESTLING REPORT

Build up to elimination chamber reaches a peak as the road to Wrestlemania hits a pot hole

Build up to elimination chamber reaches a peak as the road to Wrestlemania hits a pot hole
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Raw continues to be the flagship of the wrestling week with Becky Lynch again kicking off the week, her storyline captivating the wrestling world. Women continued their strong run essentially carrying the first hour of Raw with a three way tag match determining the order for the Raw side elimination chamber match. Kurt Angle continues getting built up as a babyface towards what looks to be his final Wrestlemania moment with a tag match with him, Braun Stroman and Finn Balor against the current pool of villains of Raw, Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin and Drew Mcintyre.

Raw was otherwise a relatively calm week with Dean Ambrose seemingly burying the hatchet with Seth Rollins continuing to tie up his loose ends seemingly on his way out the door after Wrestlemania. The big finale did sort of blow up the built storylines with Vince McMahon rejecting Becky's apology and seemingly announcing Charlotte Flair will be in her place at Wrestlemania.

Smackdown continued on that shock moment with Charlotte seeming to turn full heel in the ring, arguing with the audience and declaring herself the new Raw Women's champion. With the apparent injury to Mustafa Ali, The New Day's Kofi Kingston has been given his spot in the Smackdown Championship match at Elimination Chamber. Smackdown did its best to sell this weekend's pay per view by having a gauntlet match with all of its main event's participants, which meant a lot of longtime veterans putting on a mediocre show, and the predictable Randy Orton out of nowhere with the RKO to end the match came as Smackdown went off the air.

This pay per view may have some interesting matches but it feels like WWE is counting on the crowning of a women's tag team to carry what is otherwise a rather stale pay per view card, but Sunday is looming and Wrestlemania not too far behind it.

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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