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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Here's why the Texans will make the playoffs under Lovie Smith

1. The Houston Texans had a mentally tough practice Saturday. The team has worked a lot in pads and Lovie Smith noted the days starting to build up on them during this practice. The head coach said this is a good practice because it is like the fourth quarter of the games the team will end up playing.

2. Davis Mills threw one of the best passes he has thrown all camp on Saturday. In a red zone drill, he dropped back and whipped a pass between two defenders into the tightest window he has had all camp. Nico Collins hauled in the threaded pass for a score.

3. A few reps later Davis Mills struck again. With traffic from linebackers and defensive backs, he found Chris Conley for a score. It wasn’t as tight of a window as the first one, but Mills snapped it off nonetheless.

4. Pharaoh Brown made something hard look very easy on Saturday. With Mills rolling out and tossing the ball to Brown in the back corner Brown hauled in a one-handed catch and had both feet down. Touchdown. Brown then acted like it was no big deal.

5. Pharaoh Brown has had a wonderful camp. Lovie Smith named him the starting tight end. The thing that really jumped out to me today is he makes his work look easy. He isn’t straining to excel in his opportunities. The good ones always make it look easy and it has looked easy for Brown so far.

6. Rookie linebacker Christian Harris is on the shelf for a few days. He joins fellow rookie Kenyon Green as players who are injured. Max Scharping played left guard with Green down. Wide receiver Phillip Dorset practiced while veteran wideout Chester Rodgers did not.

7. Roy Lopez flashed again today. While Friday was about the rushing attack and Lopez made his presence felt at defensive tackle, he got into the pass rush Saturday. Lopez would have had a bone-crushing sack in a live rep.

8. Ross Blacklock hasn’t been consistent. A statement like that is good and evil. There are some plays where Blacklock looks like he isn’t a factor. I watched one today. A play later he had what would have been a sack on the play. He’s a player to watch in the preseason games closely.

9. Don’t expect to see Derek Stingley in the preseason opener next Saturday. Lovie Smith wouldn’t commit to the rookie cornerback playing in the preseason. Smith did say Stingley is on track to play week one in the regular season.

10. Brevin Jordan has had a nice camp and should be an important piece for the team. Jordan had a bad drop in 7-on-7 drills that he was beating himself up over for a few minutes. That was out of the norm. He’s been used a lot and will be on the field a bit it seems for the Texans.

11. Brevin Jordan also rattled off a few contenders for the quote of the day. He exclaimed he had taken care of himself this offseason and he finally had abs. He also revealed he’s quite the fisherman and once caught a 125-pound tuna. When asked what he did with the tuna Jordan laughed and said “RIP tuna!”

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