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Hopkins dominates, helps Texans escape New York

DeAndre Hopkins had another huge game. Steven Ryan/Getty Images

On a day where the protection was suspect and the rushing attack struggled, the Texans leaned again on the NFL's best pass catcher. DeAndre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 170 yards on his way to helping the Texans win on the road against the Jets.

Hopkins came up huge with the Texans down three late in the game. Hopkins caught a quick strike from Deshaun Watson and took it 20 yards for some rare second-half success for the Texans offense. Later in the drive Hopkins, as he is apt to do, drew a defensive holding penalty giving the Texans a fresh set of downs. Another Watson pass found Hopkins for a first down that would set up yet another amazing Hopkins play.

With Morris Claiborne draped all over him, Hopkins reached out and snagged the ball for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Texans the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Hopkins regularly took advantage of the space the Jets allowed him in zones hauling in catch after catch. He was the only Texans player to actually get in a rhythm on offense having another huge day. Watson leaned on him in critical moments as Hopkins beat almost everything the Jets threw at him.

Hopkins appeared to get hurt late in the game. He was carried off the field by teammates but was seen on the bench and not the trainer's table. He also reappeared for the rushing plays to run the clock. After the game he told the NFL Network he rolled his ankle.

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Houston's offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

Houston keeps mashing

Unlike Tuesday's game which ended 3-1 in a much closer affair, the finale on Wednesday was once again a lopsided affair like Monda's opener, favoring the Astros. Houston once again put up double-digit runs in an offensive explosion. It started right off the bat, with three runs scoring in the top of the first on a two-RBI double by Carlos Correa and an RBI single by Kyle Tucker to grab a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

Urquidy cruises through seven scoreless

Jose Urquidy was cruising all the while, allowing just three baserunners over that span, a double to start his night, which he erased, then a one-out walk in the second and leadoff single in the sixth. He returned at the bottom of the seventh with a manageable pitch count, where he'd erase a one-out single to keep Baltimore scoreless. With the insurmountable lead, he'd be given the rest of the night off. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 P.

Astros complete the sweep and grab tenth straight win

Chas McCormick, who came off the bench defensively in the bottom of the seventh, made it a twelve-run lead with a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, then later Abraham Toro notched his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single to make it 13-0. Brandon Bielak took over for Urquidy in the bottom of the eighth, and after loading the bases with no outs, was able to escape with a strikeout and double play.

Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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