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2004 - Roger Clemens claims his 325th career victory, passing Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, two former Astros, for 12th place on the all-time wins list. He does so in an 8-6 triumph over Pittsburgh. Home runs by Jose Vizcaino, Carlos Beltran, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell stake Clemens to a 7-0 lead but he gives up six runs in the seventh before leaving. Lance Berkman adds an insurance tally while the bullpen quiets the Bucs. It is Clemens' 15th win of the season and Houston's seventh straight as they climb within 2-1/2 games of Chicago for the wild card playoff spot.
1999 - Ken Caminiti smashes two homers, a single and a sacrifice fly to plate six runs as the Astros dump the Expos, 8-1. Mike Hampton works seven strong innings for his 18th win.
1986 - Billy Hatcher homers in the 18th inning for an 8-7 victory in Chicago . The game had been suspended for darkness the previous day at 4-4 after 14 frames. Houston scores three in the 17th only to see the lead erased on a three-run bomb by Keith Moreland. In the regular game, Mike Scott fans twelve in an 8-2 victory, which includes a rare four-strikeout inning. The Astros push their lead to eight games over the Reds.
1964 - Don Larsen tosses a four-hit shutout at Philadelphia, 6-0 . Mike White paces the Colts attack with four hits while Eddie Kasko chips in three.
1962 - Houston loses a twinbill with Philadelphia, 3-2 and 5-3, even though it is "Break The Jinx Night" with fans admitted at half-price for bringing their good luck charms. Bob Bruce is the hero the next day in a 4-1 triumph or the Colts would have become the first big league team ever to be swept in a season series.


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9/01      SEA      L 7-5
9/02      SEA      L 8-3
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Houston Astros recap - 09/03/15 - Astros sloppy in 8-3 loss
Astros sloppy in 8-3 loss

Logan Morrison latest Astro-killer
(c) Associated Press

Astros fans have enjoyed some outstanding baseball in 2015 but Wednesday night's game against the Mariners brought back memories of recent seasons we'd like to forget. A passed ball by Hank Conger and a throwing error by Pat Neshek helped Seattle score a couple of gift runs. Add in Carlos Gomez getting picked off first after a leadoff walk, and an offense that turned into the walking dead after the third inning, and you have all the ingredients for an 8-3 loss.

Despite some early control issues for Astros starter Scott Kazmir the game looked fairly promising after three innings. Scott managed to hold the Mariners to only two runs while Evan Gattis and company pushed three runners across the plate.

The first Houston run of the evening was delivered by Preston Tucker. In his first plate appearance since a 10-day stint in AAA, Tucker smacked a single to rightfield, scoring Colby Rasmus. A 2-out single by Gattis in the third gave the Astros a 3-2 lead. But there was no more magic in the Astros bat rack on this evening.

Seattle starter Taijuan Walker made quick work of the Astros over the next few innings, retiring ten straight batters before allowing a couple of base-runners in the seventh. The Astros had opportunities to score against the Seattle bullpen in the late innings but couldn't come through in the clutch.

Neshek's second rough outing in as many days resulted in his second straight loss. A leadoff walk to Logan Morrison, followed by a Neshek throwing error on Jesus Sucre's sacrifice bunt helped the Mariners turn a 3-3 tie into a 2-run advantage. Josh Fields didn't help matters in the ninth when he gave up a pair of singles in front of a fly ball by Morrison that reached the Crawford Boxes.

The Astros get a chance to regroup on Thursday's off day before hosting a red-hot Twins team for a 3-game series over the weekend. Collin McHugh gets the start for the Astros and Mike Pelfrey goes for Minnesota. George Springer, who has been out with a wrist injury since July 1st, could be back in the Astros lineup.

- Greg Thurston



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