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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Strk
Houston9557.62574950724243-3552-2214-1325-743-306-4L1
Oakland9261.60176463013448-3044-3121-1124-735-356-4W2
Seattle8468.55311625663-3841-3343-3519-1523-936-306-4W1
Anaheim7578.49020½6846741037-3838-4011-2122-1232-354-6L2
Arlington6488.42131706800-9432-4632-4212-2118-1525-413-7L4

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September 21 - This Date in Astros History
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2009 - Cecil Cooper is fired with 13 games left in the season. His 70-79 record leaves him one game over .500 for his tenure with Houston (171-170). Dave Clark is named interim manager but it doesn't help the first night as the Astros lose to St. Louis, 7-3, for their eighth consecutive defeat. Houston ends the year with a 74-88 mark, finishing fifth in the division for the first time since the three-division format began in 1994.
1990 - Mike Simms' first big league homer in the tenth inning scalps the Braves, 4-3. Jim Deshaies benefits when Ken Caminiti takes a grounder from Francisco Cabrera and sends it around the horn to Dave Rohde and Simms for a triple play to squelch a threat.
1988 - Bob Knepper fires a one-hitter to stifle Atlanta, 1-0. An infield hit by Dale Murphy in the second and a walk to Bruce Benedict in the ninth are the only baserunners he allows. Gerald Young's single in the eighth scores Ken Caminiti for the game's only run.
1980 - Vern Ruhle hurls 7-2/3rds innings of no-hit ball and claims a 5-1 win in San Francisco that retakes the division lead from Los Angeles. Jim Wohlford breaks up the bid and Ruhle finishes with a three-hitter. Art Howe homers and Gary Woods drives in a pair.
1979 - Bruce Bochy singles home Craig Reynolds with the game-winner as Houston clips the Reds, 3-2, in 13 innings, closing within 1-1/2 games of Cincinnati in the N.L. West race. Terry Puhl plates the other two runs with singles off Tom Seaver. J.R. Richard fans 15 in eleven innings and shocks everyone with a bunt single in the tenth. Richard presses his luck by trying to steal second where Johnny Bench's throw arrives well ahead of him.



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9/01      ANA      W 7-3
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9/03      MIN*     W 4-1
9/04      MIN      W 5-2
9/05      MIN      W 9-1
9/06      off        --
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9/16      ARI*     W 5-4
9/17      SEA      L 4-1
9/18      SEA      W 7-0
9/19      SEA      L 9-0
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Houston Astros recap - 09/20/18 - M's Blank Astros, 9-0
M's Blank Astros, 9-0
Angels Come In For Last Home Series

Keuchel: Trainer checks head wound
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
After Houston eliminated Seattle from the playoff race on Tuesday, it looked like the wrong team relaxed on Wednesday. The Mariners scored three in the top of the first off Dallas Keuchel while seven pitchers shared a five-hit shutout as the Astros paid homage to their 2013 counterparts in a 9-0 blowout. Oakland seized the opportunity to maul the Angels and shrink Houston's lead in the AL West to four games with ten to play.

Robinson Cano was 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia took Astro pitchers deep. Seager also sent a liner off Keuchel's head in the first but the lefty pitcher shook it off and completed five innings, allowing five runs.

Both managers emptied their expanded benches after awhile. Houston played 20 men while the Mariners would get 21 players into the action.

Houston's final home series of the regular season begins Friday night at 7:10 pm Central. Gerrit Cole (14-5), who will be pitching with some extra rest, takes the mound for the Astros against lefthander Andrew Heaney (9-9). In three starts, Cole is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA against the Halos this year. In four starts, Heaney is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA against Houston. The Astros are 3-3 on the current homestand and a lethargic 43-35 (.551) overall this year at home.

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