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1998 - Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus team up to massacre the Cubs, 13-3. Biggio blasts a pair of three-run homers for six RBIs while Ausmus drives in five on a 4-for-4 afternoon at Wrigley. Jose Lima is the beneficiary in an easy win.
1992 - Jimmy Jones and three relievers outpitch Curt Schilling, 3-1, completing a three-game sweep over the Phillies and ending a 26-game road trip. Houston is 12-14 on the marathon tour. They manage just four hits off Schilling but two of them are RBI singles by Luis Gonzalez and Jeff Bagwell to give Jones all the runs he needs.
1980 - Joe Niekro comes on in relief to start the 16th inning of a scoreless tie with the Cubs at the Dome. He wins it himself an inning later when he drives home Enos Cabell for a 1-0 triumph in 17 frames. Houston pitchers allow just seven hits to increase their lead in the NL West to three games over Los Angeles.
1967 - Jim Wynn cracks his 30th home run of the season during a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Clay Carroll is the victim. Wynn is the first Houston player to reach that plateau and no other Astro would join him until Glenn Davis in 1986.
1964 - Don Larsen, of World Series no-hit fame, tosses a five-hitter in the Texas heat to best Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves, 7-1. It is Larsen's first complete game in five years. Bob Aspromonte and Walt Bond launch solo bombs to pace the Colts. Rookie catcher Jerry Grote adds two hits, including a two-run double.

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Date      Opp      Result
8/01      TAM      L 6-4
8/02      TAM      L 3-0
8/03      TAM      L 5-3
8/04      TOR     W 16-7
8/05      TOR      L 4-3
8/06      TOR*     W 7-6
8/07      off        --
8/08     @CSX      L 8-5
8/09     @CSX      L 7-1
8/10     @CSX      L 3-2
8/11     @TEX      L 6-4
8/12     @TEX      L 8-3
8/13     @TEX*     W 2-1
8/14     @ARI      L 2-0
8/15     @ARI*     W 9-4
8/16      ARI      W 9-5
8/17      ARI*     L 4-0
8/18      OAK      W 3-1
8/19      OAK      W 3-0
8/20      OAK*     L 3-2
8/21      off        --
8/22      WSH      L 4-3
8/23      WSH       ----
8/24      WSH       ----
8/25     @ANA       ----
8/26     @ANA       ----
8/27     @ANA*      ----
8/28      off        --
8/29     @TEX       ----
8/30     @TEX       ----
8/31     @TEX       ----
* - day game.

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May record:    22 - 7
June record:   16 -11
July record:   15 - 9
August record:  7 -13
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Houston Astros recap - 08/23/17 - Astros Miss Chances Late, Nipped By Nats
Astros Miss Chances Late, Nipped By Nats

Wieters: Game-winning shot
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The offensive funk the Astros have been in this month continued Tuesday night although you wouldn't have noticed it if you only watched the early innings. For the fifth consecutive game, Houston scored three runs or less which is usually a harbinger of defeat. They should feel fortunate they won two of them.

Since the Dodgers are not on the Astros' schedule, this three-game set with the Washington Nationals is the closest thing to a World Series preview should Houston make it there. On Tuesday, the Astros fell short, 4-3, as threats in the late innings died repeatedly.

Josh Reddick drove in a pair of runs early with an opposite field single in the first and a carom shot off starting pitcher Tanner Roark in the third. Houston also scored in the second when Derek Fisher slapped one through the shifted infield to plate Carlos Beltran. Three runs in three innings - this looked promising.

But the Nationals struck back quickly. Howie Kendrick, the former Angel, drilled a two-run triple over George Springer's head in the third then Matt Wieters, the former Oriole, took a fat pitch from Charlie Morton and sent it over Tal's (um) Wall for the game-winner.

It was 4-3 and the game was not even half over. But both bullpens hung tough. The Astros tossed three scoreless frames to give them a season-high 10-2/3rd consecutive scoreless innings. Chris Devenski and Luke Gregerson had the honors Tuesday.

The Nats struggled but managed to come through when it mattered. In the seventh, the Astros put two aboard with one out but Joe Blanton retired Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve to snuff the rally.

In the eighth, Houston loaded the bases with one out (can you say "situational hitting"?) but instead Brandon Kintzler, the former Twin, coaxed a controversial 5-4-3 double play out of Max Stassi to end the inning. It was controversial because Danny Murphy, the second baseman on the play, bobbled and double-clutched his throw to first which the umpire concluded was still in time to nip the catcher at the bag.

Sean Doolittle, the former Oakland lefty, worked the ninth for the save. If Kintzler and Doolittle sound familiar, they were two relievers the Nationals picked up in deadline deals to bolster their bullpen, apparently striking before Houston's front office was ready to pull the trigger.

Houston will send Mike Fiers (7-8) to start Wednesday's 7:10 Central contest in hopes of ending their two-game losing streak. The Nationals counter with righthander Edwin Jackson (4-2). Fiers has been in a funk of late, dropping four of his past five starts.

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