Houston slips another game back in the division

Oakland secures series victory with walk-off win over Astros

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With a win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Astros were finally able to get their losing streak behind them. That provided them some momentum to take into Wednesday's game, the fourth of this five-game set in Oakland. Here's how the game went:

Final Score: A's 3, Astros 2.

Record: 22-22, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Liam Hendricks (3-0, 1.40 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Ryan Pressly (1-2, 4.11 ERA).

Garcia with a terrific first MLB start

After an impressive major-league debut in relief on September 4th, where he went 4.1 innings while allowing one run to the Angels, Luis Garcia made his first MLB start on Wednesday in a big game against the division-leading A's. He didn't allow a baserunner until the bottom of the third when he allowed a leadoff walk but would erase that by retiring the next three batters.

The only hit he allowed was a two-out single in the fourth inning, but he again would work around it by retiring the next batter to end the inning. His third and final baserunner allowed was a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth, but he would retire t1he next batter to finish five full innings, reaching his pitch limit for the night, but leaving in position for the win. Garcia's final line: 5.0 IP, 1 H 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 86 P.

Houston gets two big homers

Garcia left in position for the win thanks to George Springer way back in the first inning. He started the game in the first at-bat with a leadoff solo home run to give the Astros an immediate 1-0 lead. Yuli Gurriel doubled that lead in the top of the sixth with a two-out solo shot of his own, making it a 2-0 game.

Walks in the seventh bite the Astros

Andre Scrubb took over for Garcia to start the bottom of the sixth and would face three batters, getting two outs while allowing a double, before Houston would go to their next reliever, Cionel Perez. He would give up a two-out walk before stranding both runners to end the sixth. Perez returned for the seventh, getting an out before issuing another walk, prompting another call to the pen.

Josh James would make his return after spending time on the IL and walked the first batter he faced. That would prove costly, as after getting the second out, the A's would hit a fly ball to left field, just short enough to cause Kyle Tucker to slide and misplay the ball. It would bounce away into the large bullpen area in Oakland Coliseum, tying the game by providing enough time for both walked batters to score.

Oakland walks it off to secure the series win

After the Astros went down scoreless quickly in the top of the inning, Enoli Paredes tried to keep it tied in the bottom of the eighth. He did so, working around a two-out double to send the 2-2 game to the ninth. Houston again was unable to score in the top of the ninth, as they would go to their closer Ryan Pressly to try and force extra innings.

Instead, Pressly would allow the walk-off to Oakland, walking the first batter, hitting another, before a two-out walk-off RBI to secure the series win for Oakland, who has won three games of this five-game set.

Up Next: The fifth and final game of this series will be on Thursday at 2:40 PM Central. Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.91 ERA) will make his second start in 2020 after returning to the Astros last weekend, while Sean Manaea (3-2, 5.09 ERA) will make another start for the A's.

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Houston gets another victory in Anaheim

Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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