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x-Arlington9565.594-7607471353-2642-3916-1519-1447-297-3W 3
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Houston (E)8377.519127206932743-3840-3915-1817-1640-344-6L 2
Anaheim (E)7387.45622709723-1439-4034-4713-2117-1534-408-2W 4
Oakland (E)6793.41928641751-11034-4733-4616-1717-1627-471-9L 5

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A message to Astros fans who are angry about missing the playoffs

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October 1 - This Date in Astros History
October 1 - This Date in Astros History
October 1

2005 - Roger Clemens adds career win number 341 and career strikeout number 4,500 while Craig Biggio sets a personal best with his 26th homer of the year in a 3-1 victory over Chicago. More importantly, the triumph snaps a two-game skid and clinches a tie for the N.L. Wild Card spot. Clemens also becomes the fifth Astro hurler to claim the league ERA title (1.87). The next day, Roy Oswalt clinches with his 20th victory, a 6-4 thriller that ends when Brad Lidge notches his 42nd save .
1998 - Bill Spiers singles home Ricky Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over San Diego in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. Jeff Bagwell brings home the first three runs while Derek Bell adds a solo shot. A two-run homer by Jim Leyritz ties it for the Padres, setting up the dramatic end. The series is tied at 1-1.
1997 - Atlanta clubs the Astros, 13-3, to take Game Two of the N.L.D.S. The Braves go up, 2-0, in the series. Eight walks from Mike Hampton does not help Houston's cause.
1980 - A bases-loaded double by Terry Puhl keys a 5-2 victory over Atlanta. Vern Ruhle fires his third straight complete game to increase his record to 12-4. Houston leads the Dodgers by two games with four to play.
1965 - A liner by pitcher Robin Roberts falls between outfielders Curt Flood and Mike Shannon. The two collide and infielder Dal Maxvill has to run down the ball. Roberts gets a two-run double out of it which keys a 4-2 triumph over St. Louis. It's the 281st career win for the future Hall-of-Famer. The Astros would finish the year with a 65-97 record and draw over two million fans in their first year at the Dome.



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

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Houston Astros recap - 10/01/16 - Angels Pluck Peacock, 7-1
Angels Pluck Peacock, 7-1

Another short night for an Astro starter
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The Astros were eliminated from any playoff chance Thursday while they were idle so the final series of the 2016 season is being played with nothing more than pride at stake. After Houston drew first blood on a ground-rule double by Teoscar Hernandez scored Carlos Correa, the Angels of Anaheim responded with a four-run frame and coasted to a 7-1 decision Friday night at the Big A.

Brad Peacock, who deserved a win with some of his prior starts in September but entered the game with no record, ran out of luck as the Halos pounded him for all seven runs in 4-2/3rd innings. He gave up five hits and four walks.

Kaleb Cowart had the key hit of the game, drilling a bases-loaded double in the second over the head of Hernandez in right which plated all three runners. He took third on the throw home. Cowart was able to score on a caught stealing which turned into a rundown as Cowart pranced home with the fourth tally.

In the third, Jefry Marte powered a solo homer over the left field fence to build a 5-1 lead. Aldrelton Simmons provided the final two scores with an RBI single to right in the fifth.

As the season winds down, the MVP race in the AL appears to be between Anaheim's Mike Trout and Houston's Jose Altuve with Boston's David Ortiz another possibility. Altuve had a harmless single in three attempts. Trout was hitless with a walk in four trips. Altuve's .337 batting average would seem to secure he will take the American League batting title for the second time in his career.

The two teams reach the next-to-last game of their seasons on Saturday in an 8:05 Central contest. Collin McHugh (12-10) will get a final chance to pad his stats when he starts for Houston against lefthander Tyler Skaggs (3-3) from nearby Woodland Hills, CA. The loss insured that the Astros would finish third in the AL West behind the Rangers and Mariners.

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