Rockets dominate, 127-101

Three pointers from Rockets at Kings

The Rockets continued their road trip out in Sacramento Wednesday night as they took on the Kings in what was expected to be a high scoring affair. After trading leads in the first quarter, the Rockets ran away with entire game before the end of the half. Houston led by as much as 37 at one point. The Rockets are now 32-22, first in the Southwest Division, and fifth in the Western Conference. They trail the Golden State Warriors by 6.5 points.

Size didn't matter

For the first time in the past 3 out of 4 games Houston held their own in the paint despite a significant size disadvantage against Sacramento. Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and forwards Nemanja Bjelica and Marvin Bagley were unable to assert their will on the undersized Rockets as they led the Rockets in points in the paint by an underwhelming 46-44.

Bombs Away

Houston found themselves in a dogfight through the first quarter, leading 32-28. The second quarter was anything but as Houston's sharpshooters all heated up and poured it on the helpless Kings to run away with a 44-17 quarter. The Rockets would finish with 20 made threes including 8 from James Harden and 4 each from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green. All three players finished with at least 20 points, while Harden extended his consecutive 30-point streak to 28 games.

Pickpockets and youth

The Kings are a promising young team, but they're also simply a young team. The talent is there, but the fundamentals are still developing. It's a trait most easily noticeable in the turnovers section and the Kings were ran out of the building in that regard. Houston dominated the turnover game, forcing 22 while only committing 12. PJ Tucker ended with a very PJ Tucker statline, scoring an eye-popping 2 points to go with 5 steals and 10 rebounds. Houston out-swiped the Kings as a whole, 13-5

Rockets player of the game:

James Harden: 36 points (8-13 from 3), 6 rebounds

Kings player of the game:

Buddy Hield: 20 points, 10 rebounds

Last Shot:

Harden drained eight 3-pointers in the victory Wednesday night. This is the sixth time this season and eleventh in his career where Harden has made eight or more 3-pointers in a game, averaging 43 points per game.

Next up:

Houston returns home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at 7:30 pm central on ABC.

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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