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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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