Say good night to the bad guys: Astros fall short in Game 7
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)SAN DIEGO – The Houston Astros spent this odyssey of a season as baseball's biggest villains. When Aledmys Diaz flied out with a runner on first to end Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the bad guys finally lost. Ridiculed, roasted and ripped all year long, the Astros still summoned enough October heart and poise to reach the brink of another World Series. Manager Dusty Baker's club even came agonizingly close to matching the biggest playoff comeback in baseball history in a wild ALCS. But several Astros veterans from those tainted seasons remain on the team, and the players weren’t sanctioned.
Trout sets franchise HR mark, Angels rally to beat Astros
One out later, Adell lined a two-run single to right off Enoli Paredes (1-2) for his first game-ending hit. Kyle Tucker homered and drove in three runs for the Astros, who lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight game. With two outs and runners on second and third, Martin Maldonado hit a two-run single to right-center. After Yuli Gurriel's two-run single in the third, Tucker extended the lead to 4-1 with a run-scoring infield single. It is the seventh game to start with triple-digit temperatures since the ballpark opened in 1966.
Alvarez hits three homers in Astros 23-2 rout of Orioles
Rookie Yordan Alvarez hit three of Houston's six homers and drove in a career-high seven runs to help the Astros to the highest scoring game in franchise history with a 23-2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night. The victory was the eighth straight for the Astros, who became the latest team to feast on the reeling Orioles. Alex Bregman, who went 3 for 3, and Alvarez set the tone with back-to-back homers in the first inning. Baltimore did not allow multiple homers for the first time in 12 games in the opener against Houston. The Astros took an early 3-0 lead off Orioles starter Aaron Brooks (2-6) on a two-run homer by Bergman followed by Alvarez's solo shot.
Bell homers again as Pirates cruise past Astros 10-0
(APHOUSTON - Rap music spilled out of the doors of the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse and muffled but joyful chants could be heard above the tunes. The Pirates took a minute to celebrate on Thursday after a second straight rout handed the Houston Astros their first home series loss of the season. Josh Bell homered for the second straight game as one of five home runs by Pittsburgh as the Pirates cruised to a 10-0 win on Thursday. TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: LF Yordan Alvarez left the game after the third inning because of discomfort in his left knee. Astros: LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 3.51) is scheduled to start for Houston to start a series against Seattle on Friday night.