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1999 - Billy Wagner surrenders two homers but hangs on for a 4-3, ten-inning victory in Los Angeles. A double by Derek Bell and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti in the tenth salvage the win after light-hitting Tripp Cromer took Wagner deep with two down in the bottom of the ninth.
1995 - Jeff Shaw walks home Craig Biggio with the winning run in the tenth as Houston nips the Expos, 2-1. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan takes ball four to end the game. John Hudek picks up the win.
1988 - Billy Hatcher delivers five hits during a 5-3 triumph in St. Louis. His last one snaps a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth, driving in Terry Puhl. Bob Knepper picks up his sixth win - lowering his ERA to 0.89 for the season. The two sides commit seven errors and even Cardinal wizard Ozzie Smith is not immune.
1978 - J.R. Richard fires his second-straight shutout in a 13-0 drubbing of the Braves. Jose Cruz is the batting star with four hits and six RBIs. Enos Cabell contributes three hits while Denny Walling launches his first major league home run.
1973 - Johnny Edwards belts a three-run homer as Houston builds a 7-0 lead against the Giants. San Francisco rallies to tie it but Jim Wynn smashes a solo shot off Sam McDowell in the ninth for an 8-7 victory. Astros take over first place in the NL West.

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Date      Opp      Result
5/01     @MIN      L 6-2
5/02     @MIN*     L 8-2
5/03      off        --
5/04     @ANA$    W 14-2
5/05     @ANA$*   W 10-4
5/06      KC       W 6-4
5/07      KC      L 12-2
5/08      KC       W 9-0
5/09      TEX      W 4-2
5/10      TEX      W 3-0
5/11      TEX     W 11-4
5/12      TEX*    W 15-5
5/13     @DET      W 8-1
5/14     @DET     W 11-4
5/15     @DET      W 5-1
5/16      off        --
5/17     @BOS      W 3-1
5/18     @BOS      W 7-3
5/19     @BOS*     L 4-3
5/20      CSX       ----
5/21      CSX       ----
5/22      CSX       ----
5/23      CSX       ----
5/24      BOS       ----
5/25      BOS       ----
5/26      BOS*      ----
5/27      CHI*      ----
5/28      CHI       ----
5/29      CHI       ----
5/30      off        --
5/31     @OAK       ----

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$ - @Monterrey, MX

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Houston Astros recap - 05/19/19 - Win Streak Snapped At 10

Win Streak Snapped At 10
Springer Day-to-Day, Altuve Starting Rehab

Pressly: Part of effective trio
(c) New York Times
A successful 5-1 road trip ended Sunday with a 4-3 loss in Boston which snapped a 10-game winning streak, the second such streak of the young season. Houston now sits at 31-16 through Sunday with a whopping eight-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West.

After taking 3-1 and 7-3 victories the first two nights, Houston had little to prove Sunday. Sorry, one-run losses after 10-game win streaks just don't bother me that much.

The Astros have been largely immune from the injury bug but it has started to creep up on them lately. MVP candidate George Springer, whose two-run homer was the key blow in Friday's victory, will be sidelined Monday with back stiffness after being pulled from Sunday's action. Reports are that this has built up the past few days and the three strikeouts on Sunday just inflamed the situation. It does not seem he would be out for long but backs can be tricky and there are two outfielders in Round Rock that are as hot as Springer should he need time on the IL.

Meanwhile, Jose Altuve is close to beginning a rehab stint in the minors after being forced out of action with a sore hamstring. Aledmys Diaz filled in admirably as his replacement until he, too, was hurt in Boston. Tony Kemp, a converted second baseman from Vanderbilt, filled in for the fill-in and made some key plays on Friday. Yuli Gurriel played second on Sunday but Diaz appears ready to return to action.

Reliever Joe Smith received permission to begin throwing last week and he is building up for a possible June return from achilles surgery. The Astros have the luxury to be patient with all their injured players and not rush them back into action until all systems are 'go'.

Houston is a ridiculous 16-4 (.800) at Minute Maid this season. This will be tested over a 10-game homestand beginning Monday that features the 21-24 Chicago White Sox, the just-visited 24-22 Boston squad and the 26-17 Chicago Cubs wrapped around the Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer. This will almost close out an already successful 13-4 month of May which has been a brilliant month for Springer, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley among others.

Brad Peacock (4-2) will get the homestand started when he faces the Pale Hose in Monday's opener. He'll be matched against Jordan Guerrero, a 15th-round draft pick from Oxnard, CA, who will be making his big league debut and is (surprise!) a lefthander. Guerrero is 1-4 with a 7.82 ERA this year at AAA Charlotte so you know Springer will hate sitting this one out.

Justin Verlander (7-1) gets the Tuesday start against Dylan Covey (0-2) who is coming off a 5-14 campaign a year ago. Gerrit Cole (4-4) takes the hill on Wednesday night against Ivan Nova (2-4) and rookie Corbin Martin (1-0) is slated for Thursday's finale opposite their ace, Lucas Giolito (5-1). All games are listed as starting at 7:10 pm Central.

Finally, a salute to reliever Ryan Pressly who has set the major league record with 39 consecutive scoreless appearances and is not done yet. You might have thought Mariano Rivera would have compiled more than that. It's interesting that Pressly, who received a big contract extension back in March, gave up a run in his Astros debut against the Rangers last July after being acquired from Minnesota, allowed another tally two weeks later against Seattle and has been lights out ever since. He has fanned 47 batters in 38 innings during his streak.

I remember the 2003 season where Jimy Williams used to send out the trio of Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner to get the final nine outs of any game they led after six innings and it almost seemed unfair. Thus far, the 2019 trio of Will Harris, Pressly and closer Roberto Osuna have allowed just three earned runs in 56 innings pitched for a stingy 0.48 ERA. Take a bow, gentlemen.

- Bob Hulsey

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Astros have injuries to deal with as they face White Sox - Field Level Media
Red Sox snap Astros' 10-game win streak - Associated Press
Red Sox stage energetic comeback in 4-3 win over Astros - Boston Herald
Little room for error when facing Astros - Providence Journal
Astros look unstoppable during win streak - CBS Sports
Peacock kicks off homestand against White Sox - Astros.com
Minor League rehab stint probable for Altuve - Astros.com
Astros get to Sale, but win streak ends at 10 - Astros.com
Springer leaves game with lower back stiffness - Astros.com
Astros stay vigilant with Chirinos - Houston Chronicle
Springer exits Astros-Red Sox game with back stiffness - Houston Chronicle
Astros' 10-game streak ends with loss to Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Win Streak Snapped At 10
- Astros Daily
Astros roll past Red Sox for 10th straight victory - Associated Press
Astros aiming for series sweep vs. Red Sox - Field Level Media
Red Sox lament their missed opportunities vs. Astros - Boston Globe
Astros beat Red Sox to extend win streak to 10 - Reuters
Boston no match again for red-hot Astros - Worcester Telegram
Astros sit atop MLB power rankings through season’s first quarter - Boston Herald
Ex-Red Sox prospect Pressly of Astros sets record with 39th scoreless outing - MassLive.com
Behind Miley, Astros aim to turn it up to 11 - Astros.com
No. 9 prospect hits first Double-A homer - Astros.com
Good news for Aledmys, Astros - Astros.com
Astros ride big 1st to 2nd 10-game streak - Astros.com
Diaz 'in a very good spot' with injury - Houston Chronicle
Miley, Peacock swap spots in Astros' rotation - Houston Chronicle
Astros defeat Red Sox for 10th straight win - Houston Chronicle
Astros just showed Chavis how everyone is going to pitch him - NBC Sports Boston
Astros rookie Martin draws Red Sox for 2nd start - Field Level Media
Springer making early MVP case as Astros win 9th straight - Sporting News
Red Sox and Astros recognize greatness in each other - Boston Herald
Pressly sets MLB record with 39th consecutive scoreless appearance - 12up
Cora, Porcello both take blame for loss to Astros - NBC Sports Boston
Cora takes blame in Red Sox’ 3-1 loss to Astros - Boston Herald
Astros strike late to sink Boston - Providence Journal
Red Sox get reminder of how hard it is to win against MLB’s best - WEEI
The Astros season-long revenge tour is set to hit its biggest stop yet at Fenway Park - MLB.com
What you should know about the historically good Astros and historically bad Marlins - CBS Sports
Red Sox-Astros is baseball’s best rivalry of the moment - Boston Globe
Pressly sets new scoreless appearance streak - Astros.com
Rookie Martin gets the call for middle game - Astros.com
Martin getting used to Majors; Altuve improving - Astros.com
Pressly sets scoreless record with stylish play - Astros.com
Springer's 17th homer secures 9th straight win - Astros.com
Astros make an addition for fans outside MMP - Houston Chronicle
Astros likely to send Altuve for minor league rehab assignment - Houston Chronicle
Martin participates in rookie tradition at Fenway Park - Houston Chronicle
Díaz exits Astros-Red Sox game with injury - Houston Chronicle
Springer muscles Astros over Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Jaw-dropping stats put Astros in elite company - SportsMap
Astros-Red Sox gives us a taste of October - New Hampshire Union Leader
Beer is here! Astros 2018 top draft pick to join Hooks - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Streaking Astros eye revenge vs. Red Sox - Field Level Media
Sox's next showdown puts J.D. back in spotlight - MLB.com
The reasons why the Astros have the best offense in baseball - CBS Sports
'Heart and soul' of Astros? Altuve has suggestion - MLB.com
Orbit strips down to his skivvies to celebrate Astros' winning streak - KPRC-TV
Pressly matches Kimbrel's record streak - Astros.com
On deck: Astros at Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Astros promote Seth Beer to AA Corpus Christi - Houston Chronicle
What might be behind Ellen DeGeneres' Astros tweet - Houston Chronicle
Springer In His Element
- Astros Daily
Verlander's 2nd return against Tigers 'kind of sad' - Detroit Free Press
Verlander stars in Detroit as Astros win - Associated Press
Verlander guides Astros to sweep of Tigers - Reuters
Verlander dominant, Candelario sent down to Triple-A - Detroit Free Press
Kelly looks back fondly on time with Tigers - Detroit News
Tigers use an opener against Astros - Detroit News
The Astros’ other best player - FanGraphs
No. 7 prospect throws five no-hit innings - Astros.com
Cole set to open 2018 ALCS rematch in Boston - Astros.com
JV tames familiar foe in Astros' 8th straight win - Astros.com
White's playing time to diminish as he struggles at the plate - Houston Chronicle
Verlander shines in Astros' win over Tigers - Houston Chronicle
Pitching depth plaguing Tigers in blowout vs. Astros, 11-4 - Detroit Free Press
Tigers' threadbare pitching staff no match for hard-hitting Astros - Detroit News
Springer's inside-the-park homer highlights Astros' win vs. Tigers - Reuters
Something’s up: Luhnow showed up at Express game - Runner Sports
Astros returning to scary-good form - Sports Illustrated
Injuries, demotions no problem for juggernaut Astros - Houston Press
Verlander starts series finale in Detroit - Astros.com
Smith throws bullpen session, makes progress - Astros.com
Springer in fast lane with inside-the-park HR - Astros.com
Return to Detroit always special for Verlander - Houston Chronicle
Smith throws first full bullpen session since Achilles injury - Houston Chronicle
Astros' offensive onslaught too much in win over Tigers - Houston Chronicle

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