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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Strk
Houston6636.64751532718832-2134-1512-1219-730-145-5L1
Seattle6040.6005423422133-1827-2215-923-920-164-6W1
Oakland5743.57084604382226-2231-2113-718-615-267-3W2
Anaheim5050.500154404162425-2525-2511-1813-820-175-5W1
Arlington4258.42023440512-7220-3022-288-1416-1414-263-7W1

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July 22 - This Date in Astros History
July 22 - This Date in Astros History
July 22

2009 - Houston stuns closer Ryan Franklin with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to clip the Cardinals, 4-3, and sweep the three-game series from the division leaders. The Astros move within a game of first. Miguel Tejada strokes the game-winner after Chris Coste failed twice to lay down a bunt then spanked an RBI double to center. Jose Valverde wins in relief.
1995 - John Cangelosi goes 4-for-4 while Jeff Bagwell drives in five, including a three-run homer, to pace a 7-6 victory over San Francisco. Mike Hampton gets an early cushion but needs help from Dave Veres and Todd Jones for the win.
1986 - A pitcher's duel in the Dome. Nolan Ryan allows one hit in 9-1/3rd innings, striking out 14, but Montreal's Floyd Youmans yields just two hits and fans eight. Glenn Davis breaks the stalemate with a blast off Youmans into the left field seats for a 1-0, ten-inning triumph. Dave Smith gets the win in relief.
1983 - After blowing a 6-2 lead in the eighth inning, the Astros score five in the ninth to topple the Expos, 11-8, in Montreal. Tony Scott and Omar Moreno each deliver two-run singles to reclaim the lead. Bill Dawley nails down the save after Frank DiPino and Dave Smith couldn't seal the deal.
1979 - Houston rallies for a 7-6 victory in St. Louis as Jose Cruz singles home Julio Gonzalez in the ninth for the game-winner. Terry Puhl homers. Enos Cabell and Jeff Leonard chime in with three hits apiece. Joe Sambito tosses two scoreless innings of relief for the win. It's just their second win in their past 14 games, shrinking what was a ten-game division lead two weeks ago down to four games.



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Date      Opp      Result
7/01     @TAM*     L 3-2
7/02      off        --
7/03     @TEX      W 5-3
7/04     @TEX      W 5-4
7/05      CSX      W 4-3
7/06      CSX     W 11-4
7/07      CSX*    W 12-6
7/08      CSX*     W 2-1
7/09      OAK      L 2-0
7/10      OAK      W 6-5
7/11      OAK      L 8-3
7/12      OAK*     L 6-4
7/13      DET      W 3-0
7/14      DET*     W 9-1
7/15      DET*     L 6-3
7/16      off        --
7/17      ASG     AL 8-6
7/18      off        --
7/19      off        --
7/20     @ANA      W 3-1
7/21     @ANA      W 7-0
7/22     @ANA*    L 14-5
7/23      off        --
7/24     @COL       ----
7/25     @COL       ----
7/26      off        --
7/27      TEX       ----
7/28      TEX       ----
7/29      TEX*      ----
7/30     @SEA       ----
7/31     @SEA       ----
      
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June record:   19 -  8
July record:   11 -  6
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Houston Astros recap - 07/22/18 - Angels Give Astros Dose Of Their Medicine
Angels Give Astros Dose Of Their Medicine
14-5 Hammering Inludes 4 Homers

Trout: Back in the swim
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Sometimes I have compared the Astros to bullies, the type that when they have an opponent in submission they keep pounding away without mercy. On Sunday, the Angels gave the Astros a reminder of what that's like on the other end. Having built a 6-1 lead through six innings, Anaheim exploded for seven runs in the seventh on their way to a 14-5 TKO that salvaged the final game of their three-game series. After being held to one run in the first two games, the Halos released their frustrations on Lance McCullers and an ineffective bullpen to pound four homers and 15 hits.

With Seattle and Oakland both winning, the division lead shrunk back to five. The Astros now have another off-day Monday before starting a brief two-game set in Denver on Tuesday against the Rockies.

Houston took an early lead on Roger Heaney on a J.D. Davis single in the second but the Angels struck for two against McCullers in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Justin Upton belted a two-run shot the next inning and Anaheim tacked on another score in the fourth for a 5-1 advantage.

McCullers left after 4-1/3rd innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Cionel Perez gave up a sixth run then the fireworks began. Alex Bregman cracked a two-run double in the seventh but David Fletcher countered with a two-run single off Will Harris. Chris Devenski entered and gave up a three-run blast by Kole Calhoun.

Devenski then put Andrelton Simmons aboard before Mike Trout drilled a two-run homer to left for a 13-3 lead.

Davis was part of two runs scored in the eighth by Houston then, as the White Flag pitcher, gave up a solo homer to Ian Kinsler to complete the scoring.

Perhaps the off day will be spent trying to find some relief help before all the good ones on the market land elsewhere. Remember last year when the Astros were so focused on Baltimore's Zach Britton that their Plan B was to convert Francisco Liriano into a reliever? I have fingers crossed that this trade deadline won't be a repeat of the one last year.

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