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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
Arlington4727.635-3553173826-1221-158-77-526-138-2L 1
Houston3836.5149323315822-1516-217-910-713-168-2W 6
Seattle3737.500103593124716-1821-199-66-1115-193-7W 1
Oakland3142.42515½288350-6216-2215-207-129-813-174-6W 2
Anaheim3143.41916316348-3215-2216-211-910-914-164-6L 5

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2006 - Adam Everett's bloop triple in the 13th inning followed by Willy Taveras' RBI single salvage a 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox, avoiding their second series sweep at the hands of the American League champs in a span of nine months. The Astros were coasting with a 9-2 lead behind Roy Oswalt going into the bottom of the eighth when one man led the Sox back. Tadahito Igushi belts a three run shot off Russ Springer then tags Brad Lidge for a grand slam the next inning - the third slam off Houston pitching in three days - to tie it up. Fernando Nieve gets the win. Despite a dreadful month and a .500 record, the Astros are only five games back of St. Louis and three games back of Cincinnati in the division chase.
1995 - Houston erupts for a team-record 19 runs, destroying the Cubs in a 19-6 laugher at the Dome. You might expect Jeff Bagwell to be at the center of this and he is, driving in five including a three-run blast in the seventh. But John Cangelosi? The 5-7 mite takes Bryan Hickerson deep in the eighth as the Astros pour it on with nine runs in their final time up.
1971 - Talk about getting back at your boss! Backup catcher Jack Hiatt singles home Doug Rader with the winning run as Houston takes a 5-4 victory over Gaylord Perry and the Giants. Hiatt, who was traded from San Francisco the year before, still held a winter job in the Giants' sales office at the time.
1966 - A batting-practice line-drive by Lee Maye strikes Joe Morgan, breaking his kneecap and forcing him to miss 40 games as well as an All-Star appearance. Morgan's replacement, Bob Lillis scores the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. Mike Cuellar fans 15 Redbirds in the win.
1965 - The Astros pass the one million mark in attendance for the first time during a 6-2 victory over the Mets. A two-run triple by Joe Morgan highlights the scoring. Larry Dierker outpitches Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn who is a quarter-century older than the 18-year-old righthander.



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JUNE CALENDAR

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

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May record:    17-12
June record:   14-7
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Houston Astros recap - 06/25/16 - Springer Stinger: Astros Crush Royals, 13-4
Springer Stinger: Astros Crush Royals, 13-4
Prospect Reed Called Up

Springer: Trots after slam
(c) Associated Press
After a dazzling 5-1 homestand, the Astros needed to make a statement at the home of the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals. Does a nine-run first inning work for ya?

That's what Houston did Friday in the series opener, scoring a dozen runs in the first two innings of a 13-4 slaughter to win their sixth in a row and eight of nine. There are now seven teams bunched within 2-1/2 games of the final wild card spot in the American League and the 38-36 Astros are right in the thick of it, a mere 1-1/2 games back of Toronto.

If this were a boxing match, they would have stopped it after two innings. George Springer opened the game with a triple off Edinson Volquez and climaxed the inning with a grand slam, registering seven total bases in the first inning alone. He followed that with an RBI grounder in the second to plate the 12th run and a single in the fourth to go 3-for-5 with five RBIs.

Colby Rasmus added four hits in the 14-hit assault, including a solo homer in the eighth for the final tally. Carlos Gomez was the only other Astro with a multi-hit game.

But the hits fell like raindrops in the first inning as the Astros plated nine to start a game for the first time since July 10th, 2003 in Cincinnati. Volquez left allowing 12 runs while recording three outs.

All of this was very welcome to Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel who has not been the same pitcher this year. He won for just the fourth time and chalked up his first victory in over a month. Keuchel allowed eleven hits and four runs in 6-1/3rd innings before Scott Feldman mopped up to get the final eight outs. Two of Kansas City's runs were solo homers down the left field line that snuck inside the foul pole but it has been that type of year for the southpaw.

Numerous Houston fans are also rejoicing at the news that the Astros have called up first baseman A.J. Reed from AAA Fresno. Reed was batting just .266 with 11 homers but has been hot lately. Manager A.J. Hinch will start him at Designated Hitter on Saturday. To make room on the active roster, the Astros optioned outfielder Tony Kemp back to Fresno after a fairly successful (.238 average) debut. A subsequent 40-man roster move will also be needed.

Reed will begin his big league career (weather permitting) in a 6:15 Central Saturday night affair at Kauffman Stadium. Mike Fiers (5-3) will pitch for Houston against The Other Chris Young (2-6), who is 4-2 lifetime against the Astros. Forecasts predict a game time temperature of 92 degrees with a chance for rain.

- Bob Hulsey


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