Houston is now 15-13

Padres complete sweep of Astros with comeback win

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With San Diego taking the first two games, the Astros took the field at Petco Park for the finale of this three-game series to try and avoid the sweep and head back home with a win. Here are the highlights of Sunday afternoon's matchup:

Final Score: Padres 5, Astros 3.

Record: 15-13, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Craig Stammen (3-1, 5.27 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Enoli Paredes (1-1, 3.55 ERA).

Astros score three in the first, Padres match with three in the fourth

The Astros were once again able to be the first on the board on Sunday, getting a leadoff walk by George Springer, who would score on an RBI-single by Carlos Correa to go in front 1-0. With Correa still on base, Kyle Tucker capitalized with a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0.

Those three runs looked plenty for Zack Greinke for the first three innings, who held the Padres at bay, allowing just one walk and no hits over that span. That changed in the bottom of the fourth, where San Diego would finally stack several hits together, tying the game on two singles and a double, making it a 3-3 game going to the fifth.

San Diego completes the sweep 

The three-run fourth was Greinke's only bad spot on the day. He would go on to finish six innings, allowing just one more hit along the way. His final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4K, 0 HR. The game remained knotted up 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth when Enoli Paredes would come in to face the heart of San Diego's lineup.

After a leadoff single by Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado gave the Padres their first lead of the day with a two-run go-ahead home run, the first allowed by Paredes this season. The 5-3 score would go final as Houston would leave all of their runs back in the three-run first inning, with San Diego scoring five unanswered to complete the sweep. The loss moves Houston to 15-13 on the season.

Up Next: With the short five-game road trip completed, the Astros will return to Houston for a ten-game homestand over eleven days. First up is a four-game set with the Angels, with the opener Monday at 8:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Framber Valdez (2-2, 1.72 ERA) for Houston going opposite Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 5.40 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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