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The simplest way for Houston sports fans to buy the best tickets

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Cheer on the Astros for less. Courtesy photo

One of the best things about going to an Astros or Texans game is cheering on your team live and in person, but one of the worst has got to be the ticket fees.

Most ticket sites surprise you at check-out by tacking on fees of 30 percent or more, turning what might have been an affordable experience into a pricey outing.

But SimpleSeats doesn't charge buyers any fees, all while still offering Houston sports fans the best possible tickets in their chosen price zone.

Michael Dillon, a local former sports executive who spent eight years in the Astros front office, along with a team of sports enthusiasts and ticket experts, figured out how to get fans tickets without the fees.

It works like this: You pick the zone. They pick the seat at the best possible price (and if you want to pick your exact seat, you can do that, too). All tickets purchased together are seated together, so there's no worry about your party being separated.

All purchases are protected by the SimpleSeats guarantee, which vows that your transaction is safe and protected, and that you will receive your tickets on time. If tickets are available, you can purchase right up until the start of the game!

The goal of SimpleSeats is to keep ticket-buying simple: to use efficient operations to provide the best possible prices to fans.

With lower prices, fans can go to more games. And with more fans at the games, Houston teams get the homefield advantage.

Plus, spending less on tickets means you get more money for merch and beer. That's a win-win.

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.

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Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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