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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
Anaheim55.500-4042-20-35-20-00-35-25-5W 2
Oakland56.455½6039213-42-20-00-15-54-6L 2
Houston46.40012637-112-52-10-01-23-44-6L 1
Arlington46.40013751-142-42-20-00-04-64-6L 1
Seattle36.3333248-161-22-40-00-03-33-6L 3

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April 18 - This Date in Astros History
April 18 - This Date in Astros History
April 18

2006 - It took 44 years for Houston to reach the World Series; it takes 44 years for the Astros to return to the .500 mark as a franchise, standing 3,507-3,507 overall and 10-4 on the season with a 13-12 slugfest over Milwaukee. Adam Everett drives in four while Morgan Ensberg belts two homers to lead the attack. Brad Lidge gets the save after the Brewers rallied from an 11-2 deficit. Preston Wilson fans twice to reach seven consecutive strikeouts before grounding out and singling twice.
1998 - Sean Berry tags Miguel Batista for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph against Montreal. Craig Biggio scores his 891st career run, breaking Cesar Cedeno's franchise record.
1992 - Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run tenth-inning shot off Randy Myers to claim a 4-2 win over San Diego. Craig Biggio has four hits.
1972 - After the infamous eight-player trade that sent Joe Morgan to Cincinnati, Houston wins the first head-to-head matchup with the Reds, 8-4. Tommy Helms, part of the deal, homers off Don Gullett to spark the attack.
1966 - The first major league game on artificial turf is played in the Astrodome. Two future Hall-of-Famers face off. 21-year-old rookie Don Sutton stymies Robin Roberts and the Astros for a 6-3 Dodger win, the first of his career. The infield was carpeted with the Monsanto product Judge Roy Hofheinz dubbed "Astroturf". The outfield and foul grounds were still dirt but had the zippered sod installed after the homestand.


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APRIL CALENDAR

Date      Opp      Result
4/06      CLE      W 2-0
4/07      off        --
4/08      CLE      L 2-0
4/09      CLE*     L 5-1
4/10     @TEX*     W 5-1
4/11     @TEX      L 6-2
4/12     @TEX*     W 6-4
4/13      OAK      L 8-1
4/14      OAK      L 4-0
4/15      OAK      W 6-1
4/16      off        --
4/17      ANA      L 6-3
4/18      ANA       ----
4/19      ANA*      ----
4/20     @SEA       ----
4/21     @SEA       ----
4/22     @SEA       ----
4/23      off        --
4/24     @OAK       ----
4/25     @OAK*      ----
4/26     @OAK*      ----
4/27     @SD        ----
4/28     @SD        ----
4/29     @SD*       ----
4/30      SEA       ----
* - day game.

April record:  4-6

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Houston Astros recap - 04/18/15 - Trout Sinks Astros, 6-3
Trout Sinks Astros, 6-3

Trout: Five-RBI night
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Mike Trout is one of the game's best players and if anyone attending Friday night's contest at Minute Maid wasn't sure about that, he must have changed their minds. Trout blasted two home runs - one to left and one to right - that drove in five of Anaheim's runs in a 6-3 verdict over the Astros.

His first homer came in the sixth to spoil the night of Roberto "Fausto" Hernandez and snapped a 1-1 tie. Hernandez, who has never beaten the Angels in his 10-year career, allowed just three hits and struck out six over six innings but that full count pitch Trout sent beyond the Crawfords laid a good effort to waste.

The Astros battled back, however. Jason Castro drilled his first homer of the season to bring Houston back within 3-2 then the Astros filled the bases with none out in the seventh but could get only a game-tying sacrifice fly from George Springer to show for it.

Still, it got Hernandez off the hook and the revamped Houston bullpen could now take center stage. Unfortunately, Chad Qualls wasn't up to it. He put the first two Halos aboard in the eighth then Trout, down 0-2, smoked a three-run blast into the right field seats for the decisive runs.

Trout is now the youngest player in baseball history with over 100 home runs and over 100 stolen bases, breaking Alex Rodriguez' mark by 58 days.

Evan Gattis did have two hits in the loss and Chris Carter stroked one as the Astros, in a rarity, amassed more hits (8) than strikeouts (5). The Astros can't seem to get many big hits with men in scoring position however.

A pair of southpaws are scheduled to pitch on Saturday as Dallas Keuchel (1-0) duels against veteran C.J. Wilson in a 6:10 Central start which will be preceded by 50th Anniversary ceremonies including an appearance by six Astros who were with the 1965 club - Bob Aspromonte, Ron Brand, Bob Bruce, Danny Coombs, Larry Dierker and Jim Wynn, who will take part in a free autograph session.

In other news, Brad Peacock, who came off the disabled list to start Tuesday's game, went back on the disabled list with a strained ribcage muscle. Asher Wojciechowski, who was sent down when Peacock was activated, will return from AAA Fresno to rejoin the rotation.

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