Houston's Houdini impresses again as Texans win across the pond

Texans player of the game: Deshaun dazzles

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Another week, another incredible performance by Houston's Houdini Deshaun Watson.

It was one of the many times Watson was in the grasp of a Jacksonville defender, or two, and came out with positive yardage. His poise is at an all-time high and he did this without left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Watson was quite the field general getting the Texans into plays that consistently moved the ball and then impressing with his magic act against the Jags defense. He was nearly perfect in the second half as he had just one incomplete pass and jumped over another human being with ease on a almost touchdown run.

One of the most impressive pieces of Watson's game in London is the patience he displays when previously he would be overly-aggressive. One drop back where he was clean for seconds after seconds, and he continued to survey the field until a safe big play popped up. Two seasons ago and even last season Watson would often take the risky shot. Other times he would take the easy gain. He's got the perfect balance of patience and aggression right now.

The highlight reel plays are impressive, sure, but Watson has always made those. The most impressive part of his game is the poise and knowledge he plays with now. He has a deep understanding of defenses and sees things he missed early in his career. The Texans have gotten deep into the playbook this year too executing at an extremely high level.

Watson is absolutely in the MVP discussion.

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Houston gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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