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June 23 - This Date in Astros History
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June 23

1995 - Derek Bell caps a four-hit night with the game-winning RBI as he drives home Brian Hunter for a 3-2, twelve-inning triumph over the Cubs. Craig Shipley had tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly off Randy Myers. Todd Jones fans five of the seven Chicagoans he faces to get the victory.
1993 - Eric Anthony smacks a three-run homer off Jim Gott in the top of the ninth to upend the Dodgers, 5-3. Luis Gonzalez had previously gone deep off Tom Candiotti. Doug Drabek hangs in long enough to claim the win.
1986 - Glenn Davis slugs a two-run shot off Ted Power in the bottom of the ninth to shock the Reds, 7-6. Davis had earlier singled home a run. Larry Andersen is the winning pitcher without officially facing a batter. He tags out Buddy Bell at the plate after tossing a wild pitch that ends a ninth-inning Cincinnati threat.
1975 - Bob Watson's three-run homer off Burt Hooton caps a six-run outburst against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wayne Granger pitches the final 2-2/3rds innings to save the 6-5 victory. Granger picks off Ron Cey at third base in order to preserve the win.
1973 - Tommy Helms goes 4-for-5 to spark a 6-3 victory over the Giants. Jerry Reuss takes the win and singles home Helms with the eventual game-winner. Rafael Batista gets his first big league hit.

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

* - day game.

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May record:    16 - 12
June record:   14 -  5
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Houston Astros recap - 06/23/18 - Silent Night In 1-0 Loss
Silent Night In 1-0 Loss
Astros Remain 3-1/2 Up In AL West

Duffy: Scoreless six
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
Rosell Herrera did not have to hit a triple in the top of the ninth inning to drive in Adalberto Mondesi with the only run of the game in Kansas City's 1-0 shutout of the Astros Friday night. A simple single off Ken Giles would have done the job. But Herrera struck a laser that reached the center field fence on the line while Mondesi scored easily and Herrera motored into third.

After going 10-0 on the road, the Astros are now 2-2 on a homestand of the lowly Rays and Royals.

Can't blame the loss on Dallas Keuchel who tossed his second consecutive fine start. Keuchel gave up six hits and two walks while pitching six shutout innings. If he returns to the form most expected when the season began, this becomes a rotation no opposing ball club wants to see.

Chris Devenski and Hector Rondon both threw a scoreless inning although Rondon needed a strikeout with the bases full to get out of his own jam in the eighth.

Then came Giles. Mondesi led off the ninth with a single, stole second and took third on a fly out before Herrera smashed his game-winner.

Danny Duffy entered Friday's game with 3-7 mark and a 5.55 ERA but he's a lefty and we all know how the Astros have this intermittent thing about facing lefties. Duffy also left after six innings allowing two hits and four walks. His bullpen was a little bit better and was capped off by lefty sidewinder Tim Hill's first big league save.

To be fair, Alex Bregman was robbed of a homer in the eighth when Herrera made a leaping grab in front of the right field seats. Otherwise, two hits was all Astro fans had to cheer for.

Since the Red Sox put up two touchdowns on the Mariners, Houston's 3-1/2 game lead in the AL West still stands despite the defeat. The middle game of the series comes Saturday night at Minute Maid when Lance McCullers (8-3) takes the hill for the Astros against Ian Kennedy (1-7) in a 6:15 pm Central contest.

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