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So this week technically started last Wednesday with NXT's debut. The hour long show started off with a four woman battle royale, that was pretty good. They girls were impressive and entertaining, I'm not sure they were as polished as they should be for televised wrestling, but maybe that's the style or point of NXT. I'm not sure that following it up with a squash match was all that smart but they did. The Velveteen Dream is a great athlete and put on an impressive match but having interference in the match was very WWE and I think it works. Overall NXT was a good hour of wrestling.

Raw kicked off with The Fiend and Seth's rivalry which will always be interesting but they then followed it up with The Viking Raiders, who they have made boring and predictable. They did beat the stuffing out of the OC which was nice. Rusev's return has been great and Sasha is getting a great run for an allegedly unhappy superstar. Lacey Evans fighting Ember Moon is a great match these are two powerful and athletic wrestlers. Is anyone still excited to see R Truth and the 24/7 title? Well now it's Carmela's turn! King Corbin and his custom crown actually looks pretty cool, although he's still one of my least favorite in ring personas. Seeing Rey Mysterio in a title match isn't on anyone's wish list I feel like. Finishing with the Fiend like Raw began is a great opening.

Smackdown kicked off with Rowan cutting a mediocre promo and Daniel Bryant coming out and challenging him to a fight. I don't think there's a universe that exists where Bryant could beat Rowan and apparently neither did the WWE. Teaming Roman and Bryant together immediately makes Daniel Bryant a face again, which can't hurt now that he's lost the title. Chad Gable is pretty annoying on the mic, it really makes me wonder why he's getting this push, also are we STILL doing short jokes about Gable? Sasha and Bayley vs Charlotte and Carmela is a great match and it's good to see Carmela in action again. Becky interrupting the match was great to see but it only reminds me that she's been absent from the ring for a little bit, this is that burn out that happens when you get too popular. Mustafa Ali is running out of time in the spotlight I hope, these matches aren't exciting. During the New Day and the B-Team tag match, they mentioned that during the draft they may split the New Day and that would be a huge mistake. Kevin Owens is just awesome on the mic and a ladder match would be awesome but you just know Shane is going to have his guys show up and help him.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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