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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
Houston117.611-706464-57-20-01-210-58-2W 3
Anaheim910.474757414-65-40-00-39-75-5L 1
Oakland812.40049685113-75-50-01-27-103-7L 4
Seattle711.38946789-225-72-40-01-26-64-6L 2
Arlington711.38947186-152-45-70-00-06-104-6W 1

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April 27 - This Date in Astros History
April 27

1998 - Tony Eusebio's double caps a three-run ninth-inning rally that stuns the Mets, 4-3. Sacrifice flies by Moises Alou and Ricky Gutierrez precede the game-winner, which came on Eusebio's 31st birthday. C.J. Nitkowski picks up the victory.
1988 - Nolan Ryan takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Philadelphia but loses it and the lead. Mike Schmidt singles with one out before Lance Parrish doubles to tie the game. Houston wins it in the tenth, 3-2.
1983 - Nolan Ryan breaks Walter Johnson's major league record for career strikeouts, fanning Montreal's Brad Mills for his 3,509th victim. Ironically it was a curveball, not Ryan's famed fastball, that claims Mills. Ryan accomplishes the feat in 2,500 less innings than Johnson needed to set it. Nolan tips his cap to the applauding Canadian fans then quickly resumes on his way to a 4-2 victory.
1979 - Art Howe singles home Craig Reynolds for a 9-8 triumph over Pittsburgh in eleven innings. It is Howe's fourth hit and fourth RBI of the game. Reynolds also has four hits.
1967 - Joe Morgan keys a five-run outburst with a bases-loaded triple off Hal Woodeshick that drops the Cardinals, 6-4. The win ends a ten-game losing streak, their longest since 1963.


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

April record: 11-7

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Houston Astros recap - 04/26/15 - Gattis Keys 7-6 Sweeper
Gattis Keys 7-6 Sweeper

Gattis: Muscles winning double
(c) Associated Press
Evan Gattis has taken plenty of abuse from Astros fans since he came over in a mid-winter trade from Atlanta. Back-to-back golden sombreros in the first week of the season and a batting average that makes Mario Mendoza look like Tony Gwynn will do that for a player the Astros gave up three good prospects to get.

But the lumbering lumberjack broke out Sunday to lead a sweep of the Oakland A's, 7-6, with four RBIs, including a two-run double in the top of the ninth which must have caused green and gold ulcers to develop all across the Bay Area.

Gattis slapped a two-run single to right in the third to tie up Oakland, 2-2, before Colby Rasmus tacked on a go-ahead run against Drew Pomeranz.

Gattis was back up again with the bases full against Tyler Clippard in the ninth, down by a run, when he launched a 1-2 pitch over Sam Fuld's head in center field for the game-winning double. He swung at a pitch up in his eyes that most batters would foul off if they were lucky to catch up to it at all.

In between the slugger's heroics, Jake Marisnick golfed his second home run of the year, a two-run shot that upped Houston's lead to 5-2 in the fourth. Marisnick scored three times and boosted his batting average to .364.

However, Oakland stormed back to tie in the bottom of the fourth and knocked out Asher Wojciechowski who is having trouble getting through five innings as a starter. Sam Deduno and Tony Sipp combined for four innings of relief before Luke Gregerson got some revenge for Friday night and shut down his ex-teammates in the ninth for his fourth save.

Jose Altuve earned another two-hit afternoon to boost his streak to 29 straight games with a hit against the A's. Houston is now 2-1/2 games in front of Anaheim and four ahead of the rest of the division - a place few would have foresaw when the season began.

Winners of eight of their last 10 and 7-2 this season on the road, the Astros jet south to San Diego for an old school three-game set against the 11-9 Padres beginning Monday at 9:10 Central. Collin McHugh (3-0) will square off against James Shields (2-0) at Petco Park. The typically frugal Padres went all-in on payroll spending this winter, adding monster contracts like Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, the Upton Brothers and Shields. The Pads have lost four of their last five, however, and enter this series in third place in the National League West.

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