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Tillman Picks Texans to Super Bowl, See's Watt's Return...

Fox Sports 1 analyst, and ABC 13's Inside the Game Co-Host, Spencer Tillman sees a lot of good things coming out of NRG on Kirby. With Romeo Crennel's 3-4 D, the pressure is coming from all over the place. In light of Scarlett's injury and Cole being on the IR, Jacob Martin is seizing the opportunity and Tillman believes he is a great addition on the outside edge with tremendous speed. The Texans have shored up the secondary with the return of Bradley Roby, and are seeing great linebacker play out of the Swat Team, Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham.

Spencer also sees the Texans high powered offense, with tremendous quarterback play and Watson's use of all of the tools in the toolbox, starting to fire on all cylinders. If the Texans can play at a high level to finish the season, and with what he believes as a realistic chance of JJ Watt retuning as early as round one of the playoffs, Tillman thinks the Texans, sitting at 8-4, can make a legitimate run for a Super Bowl appearance.

Here's a segment of our interview with Spencer, as we break down the Texans' win over the Patriots, talk about the rise of the Ravens and the Forty-Niners and the potential return of JJ Watt.


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Houston gets another victory in Anaheim

Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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