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Watch NBA superstar Stephen Curry play Mario Kart at Eastside coffee shop

Steph Curry hung out with Hunter and Lexi Pence on Friday night. @greenwaybarista/Twitter

Originally appeared on CultureMap/Houston.

How did Stephen Curry spend his Friday night in Houston? Did he stay out late partying at a club? 

Of course not.

Rather, the NBA superstar guard from the reigning champion Golden State Warriors dined with San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence and his wife Alexis at Uchi, then stopped by Coral Sword, the Eastside coffee shop and gaming den the Pences are opening with Blacksmith owners David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto, for a spirited game of Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch.

Thankfully, Coral Sword streamed the hour-long session over its Twitch feed, so that those of who aren't world championship-winning professional athletes from the Bay Area could get in on some of the fun. Curry is a gamer, but he's ultimately bested by Pence, who does a little victory dance at the end. 

Watch the video below for all the trash talking good times between the two athletes, Alexis, and barista Sanford Bledsoe. Here's hoping the gaming session drains enough of Curry's competitive juices that the Rockets are able to prevail in their prime time matchup with Curry's Warriors on Saturday night. 

Watch Stephen Curry stops by Coral Sword! from CoralSword on www.twitch.tv

Curry promises to return if the Warriors face the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, but he might be back in Houston even sooner than that. After all, his wife Ayesha is opening her barbecue-inspired restaurant International Smoke in CityCentre later this spring. He can't miss that, right?

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Houston's winning streak moves to six

Eighth-inning rally powers Astros to series sweep over Rangers

Yuli Gurriel brought in the go-ahead run late in Sunday's game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Winners in the first three games of this series and their last five games overall, the Astros continued their climb towards the A's for first place in the AL West. They completed the four-game sweep, ending a successful homestand on a positive note before heading on the road.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 2

Astros' Record: 24-17, tied for first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Brooks Raley (2-2)

Losing Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez (1-2)

Astros strike first, McCullers Jr. goes six scoreless

After the Rangers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Houston grabbed an early lead off the bat of Alex Bregman. He provided the third single of the inning, a one-out RBI to put the Astros in front 1-0, a score which would hold steady for a while. Another run didn't come across until the bottom of the fifth when Houston would load the bases with one out when Carlos Correa would get an RBI groundball to double the lead to 2-0.

Lance McCullers Jr. did well with the small lead, backing up his recent eight-inning gem with a quality start against Texas. He allowed a couple of hits each in the third and fourth but would erase the runners with no damage allowed. The Rangers threatened in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double before the runner moved to third on a wild pitch, putting him in a great position with no outs. McCullers Jr. would come away unscathed, finishing the inning and his day by retiring the next three batters. His final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 95 P.

Rangers tie it against Scrubb

First out of Houston's bullpen was Andre Scrubb, and he would not fare as well as the Astros starter. A leadoff single turned into a two-run game-tying homer, making it 2-2 before Scrubb would sit down the next three in order. Still tied in the top of the eighth, Brooks Raley had a terrific inning, striking out the three batters he faced.

Houston rallies ahead in the eighth for the four-game sweep

The top of Houston's order mounted a threat in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with one out to try and regain the lead. Yuli Gurriel would come through with the go-ahead at-bat, getting a sac fly to put the Astros back in front 3-2. A two-out walk loaded the bases again, setting up Chas McCormick to provide two insurance runs on a two-RBI single.

Myles Straw added one more on an RBI single, making it a four-run game at 6-2 heading to the ninth. Enoli Paredes made his long-awaited return from the IL, appearing for the first time since April 8th to try and close things out in the ninth. He tossed a scoreless inning, finishing off the four-game sweep, extending Houston's winning streak to six games, and keeping them in step with Oakland for the AL West lead.

Up Next: After a day off on Monday, the Astros will begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday. They'll kick off a three-game set in Oakland against the A's at 8:40 PM, an exciting matchup to determine who will head into the weekend atop the division. While Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.08 ERA) is the expected starter for Houston, Oakland has not yet determined their rotation for the series.

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