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2002 - Jose Vizcaino smacks a leadoff homer on his way to a 5-for-5 night during a 6-1 victory in Cincinnati. Roy Oswalt wins his 15th but must wait until the ninth when Houston explodes for five runs to get the victory. They remain four games behind St. Louis in the Central Division chase.
1987 - Billy Hatcher smacks four hits and swipes two bases to pace an 11-2 triumph over Atlanta. Hatcher goes deep off Joe Boever in the eighth to cap his night. Bill Doran adds three hits. Mike Scott strikes out ten over eight innings for the win.
1984 - Jim Pankovits bloops a two-run double in the tenth to key a 7-4 comeback win over the Pirates. A wild pitch by Pittsburgh's Don Robinson had plated the tying run in the ninth. Enos Cabell leads the assault with three hits, including a home run.
1972 - Lee May belts four hits, a three-run blast among them, and drives in five to lead a 17-5 slaughter in Montreal. Cesar Cedeno homers and drives in four. The Expos take such a beating that Gene Mauch sends in former Astro shortstop Hector Torres to pitch the ninth. It is Torres' first pitching performance since the Mexican Little Leagues. He surrenders six straight hits before getting the last two outs.
1967 - Dave Giusti twirls an eight-hit shutout over the Dodgers, 4-0. A bases-loaded double by Ron Davis is the key blow. Houston deals first baseman Eddie Mathews to Detroit, eventually receiving reliever Fred Gladding and cash (not Norm) in return.

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Date      Opp      Result
8/01     @CLE      W 7-1
8/02      SEA     W 10-2
8/03      SEA      W 9-0
8/04      SEA*     W 3-1
8/05      off        --
8/06      COL     W 11-6
8/07      COL*    W 14-3
8/08      off        --
8/09     @BAL      W 3-2
8/10     @BAL     W 23-2
8/11     @BAL*     L 8-7
8/12     @CSX        ppd
8/13     @CSX*     W 6-2
8/13     @CSX      L 4-1
8/14     @CSX*    L 13-9
8/15     @OAK      L 7-6
8/16     @OAK      L 3-2
8/17     @OAK*     L 8-4
8/18     @OAK*      ----
8/19      DET       ----
8/20      DET       ----
8/21      DET       ----
8/22      DET       ----
8/23      ANA       ----
8/24      ANA       ----
8/25      ANA*      ----
8/26      off        --
8/27      TAM       ----
8/28      TAM       ----
8/29      TAM*      ----
8/30     @TOR       ----
8/31     @TOR*      ----

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June record:    15 - 12
July record:    16 -  8
August record:   9 -  6
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Houston Astros recap - 08/15/19 - Chisox Slam Astros, Take Series

Chisox Slam Astros, Take Series
A's Host Houston For Weekend

Yes, McCann can
(c) Associated Press
The Houston offense played from behind all afternoon long then finally caught the hosting Chicago White Sox at 9-9 in the eighth on Jose Altuve's 22nd homer of the season only to watch Ryan Pressly allow a grand slam to James McCann as the Astros dropped their second straight to the ChiSox, 13-9.

It's been awhile since the Spacemen dropped two in a row, July 15-16 to be exact, which shows the club has been trending well now for awhile. There are sudden concerns about the bullpen after losing three of the past four against sub-.500 teams during what should have been the easy part of the schedule.

Next up is a four-game series in Oakland where the A's will look to get back into the AL West race and also solidify their claims to a wild card berth.

Rain washed out Monday's contest on Chicago's south side, scene of past horrors for the Houston squad (2005 World Series). In the hastily arranged Tuesday twinbill, Zack Greinke kept order in a 6-2 victory before the day took a menacing turn. Nightcap starter Gerrit Cole suffered discomfort in his right hamstring and couldn't pitch. Chris Devenski was rushed into starting and allowed three runs while the powerful bats were silenced by Ivan Nova in a complete-game four-hitter.

That led to Wednesday's meltdown before winging to the West Coast. Pressly and Roberto Osuna have both allowed costly homers on this trip and the rest of the pen has looked shaky as well. To get more innings, Houston sent down Joe Biagini to Round Rock on Wednesday and recalled reliever Cy Sneed who has looked acceptable in previous opportunities.

The offense continues to perform well. Michael Brantley added four hits (including two doubles) in the loss to raise his average to .328. Alex Bregman, rested through the doubleheader with a sore scapula that had been hit in Baltimore, responded with three RBIs. Yuli Gurriel stayed hot with three hits, including two homers to give him 25 on the year and raised his average to .306. Then there's Altuve who chipped in three hits and drove in a pair.

The bats must continue to percolate as the pen sorts itself out. Aaron Sanchez (5-14 but 2-0 with Houston) is slated to pitch the Thursday opener at the fabled O.no Coliseum against ex-Astro Mike Fiers (11-3). The first pitch will be at 9:07 pm Central time.

Justin Verlander (15-4) challenges newly-added Tanner Roark (7-8) in Friday's 9:07 pm Central time second game. Cole (14-5) is penciled to return on Saturday in a matchup with Chris Bassitt (8-5) in a 3:07 pm Central time duel. Cole, on Wednesday, claimed his hamstring issue was "not super serious" but time will tell how it feels this weekend.

Greinke (12-4, 2-0 with Houston) takes the 3:07 pm Central finale on Sunday as lefty Brett Anderson (10-8) opposes him. The 78-43 Astros take a bring a 9-1/2 game lead into Thursday against the 68-52 Athletics. Houston in 9-2 so far in the season series. Oakland is two games back of Tampa Bay for the final playoff spot.

Once the weekend is over, the Astros return to Houston to begin a four-game set against Detroit.

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Chisox Slam Astros, Take Series
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White Sox-Astros series opener postponed because of rain - Chicago Tribune
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Alvarez breaks one of Williams' records - NBC Sports Boston
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Rojas makes MLB debut - Houston Chronicle
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Orioles rally to beat Astros, 8-7 - Baltimore Sun
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