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2015 - Astros turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Detroit which sparks a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter perform the trifecta off the bat of Ian Kinsler. 21-year-old Lance McCullers, Jr., earns his first big league win.
2008 - Jose Valverde takes a line drive off the face yet stays in the game to notch his league-leading 15th save in a 4-3 triumph against the Phillies. Hunter Pence had drilled two solo homers and Brandon Backe allowed just one run over 7-1/3rd innings but Valverde steals the spotlight with his amazing toughness.
2003 - After 51 major league appearances, righthander Scott Linebrink gets his first big league win - and is released the next day. A six-run first inning allows Linebrink to post a 7-5 victory over the Cubs, capped by a three-run homer from Jose Vizcaino. Injuries and illnesses force the Astros into the roster move that sends Linebrink back to the farm.
1988 - Mother Nature gets the save in a 3-0 victory at Pittsburgh. The game is called in the top of the ninth as swirling gale-force winds stop the action. Rafael Ramirez clings to third base for all he's worth. Dirt and debris litter the field. Mike Scott's eight scoreless innings are good enough.
1965 - Hard luck pitcher Ken Johnson loses his last game for Houston, 5-2 at the hands of the Giants, in typical fashion. Jim Ray Hart hits a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning when Jim Wynn fails to track the fly ball as it falls on the warning track behind him. Johnson is traded later that afternoon to Milwaukee for Lee Maye.

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

* - day game.
$ - @Monterrey, MX

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May record:    15 -  5
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Houston Astros recap - 05/19/19 - Win Streak Snapped At 10

Win Streak Snapped At 10
Springer Day-to-Day, Altuve Starting Rehab

Pressly: Part of effective trio
(c) New York Times
A successful 5-1 road trip ended Sunday with a 4-3 loss in Boston which snapped a 10-game winning streak, the second such streak of the young season. Houston now sits at 31-16 through Sunday with a whopping eight-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West.

After taking 3-1 and 7-3 victories the first two nights, Houston had little to prove Sunday. Sorry, one-run losses after 10-game win streaks just don't bother me that much.

The Astros have been largely immune from the injury bug but it has started to creep up on them lately. MVP candidate George Springer, whose two-run homer was the key blow in Friday's victory, will be sidelined Monday with back stiffness after being pulled from Sunday's action. Reports are that this has built up the past few days and the three strikeouts on Sunday just inflamed the situation. It does not seem he would be out for long but backs can be tricky and there are two outfielders in Round Rock that are as hot as Springer should he need time on the IL.

Meanwhile, Jose Altuve is close to beginning a rehab stint in the minors after being forced out of action with a sore hamstring. Aledmys Diaz filled in admirably as his replacement until he, too, was hurt in Boston. Tony Kemp, a converted second baseman from Vanderbilt, filled in for the fill-in and made some key plays on Friday. Yuli Gurriel played second on Sunday but Diaz appears ready to return to action.

Reliever Joe Smith received permission to begin throwing last week and he is building up for a possible June return from achilles surgery. The Astros have the luxury to be patient with all their injured players and not rush them back into action until all systems are 'go'.

Houston is a ridiculous 16-4 (.800) at Minute Maid this season. This will be tested over a 10-game homestand beginning Monday that features the 21-24 Chicago White Sox, the just-visited 24-22 Boston squad and the 26-17 Chicago Cubs wrapped around the Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer. This will almost close out an already successful 13-4 month of May which has been a brilliant month for Springer, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley among others.

Brad Peacock (4-2) will get the homestand started when he faces the Pale Hose in Monday's opener. He'll be matched against Jordan Guerrero, a 15th-round draft pick from Oxnard, CA, who will be making his big league debut and is (surprise!) a lefthander. Guerrero is 1-4 with a 7.82 ERA this year at AAA Charlotte so you know Springer will hate sitting this one out.

Justin Verlander (7-1) gets the Tuesday start against Dylan Covey (0-2) who is coming off a 5-14 campaign a year ago. Gerrit Cole (4-4) takes the hill on Wednesday night against Ivan Nova (2-4) and rookie Corbin Martin (1-0) is slated for Thursday's finale opposite their ace, Lucas Giolito (5-1). All games are listed as starting at 7:10 pm Central.

Finally, a salute to reliever Ryan Pressly who has set the major league record with 39 consecutive scoreless appearances and is not done yet. You might have thought Mariano Rivera would have compiled more than that. It's interesting that Pressly, who received a big contract extension back in March, gave up a run in his Astros debut against the Rangers last July after being acquired from Minnesota, allowed another tally two weeks later against Seattle and has been lights out ever since. He has fanned 47 batters in 38 innings during his streak.

I remember the 2003 season where Jimy Williams used to send out the trio of Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner to get the final nine outs of any game they led after six innings and it almost seemed unfair. Thus far, the 2019 trio of Will Harris, Pressly and closer Roberto Osuna have allowed just three earned runs in 56 innings pitched for a stingy 0.48 ERA. Take a bow, gentlemen.

- Bob Hulsey

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Bottom of order continues to spark Astros' success - Houston Chronicle
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Altuve remains on injured list while Diaz returns - Houston Chronicle
Verlander dominates as Astros roll past White Sox - Houston Chronicle
Peacock sharp again, Astros blank ChiSox - Associated Press
White Sox bullpen day results in a 3-0 loss to the Astros - Chicago Tribune
What's up with Ellen and the Astros? - KIII-TV
Hoffman pitches 10 questions to Marisnick - SportsMap
JV aims to keep rolling vs. White Sox - Astros.com
Tucker hits 12th homer for Round Rock - Astros.com
Injury updates: Springer, Altuve, Diaz - Astros.com
Bryant (?!) inspires 1st HR for White - Astros.com
Astros get optimistic report on Springer - Houston Chronicle
Díaz likely to return Tuesday; José Altuve awaits minor league assignment - Houston Chronicle
Astros don't want to look past White Sox - Houston Chronicle
Astros blank White Sox to open homestand - Houston Chronicle
Astros have injuries to deal with as they face White Sox - Field Level Media
Red Sox snap Astros' 10-game win streak - Associated Press
Red Sox stage energetic comeback in 4-3 win over Astros - Boston Herald
Little room for error when facing Astros - Providence Journal
Astros look unstoppable during win streak - CBS Sports
Peacock kicks off homestand against White Sox - Astros.com
Minor League rehab stint probable for Altuve - Astros.com
Astros get to Sale, but win streak ends at 10 - Astros.com
Springer leaves game with lower back stiffness - Astros.com
Astros stay vigilant with Chirinos - Houston Chronicle
Springer exits Astros-Red Sox game with back stiffness - Houston Chronicle
Astros' 10-game streak ends with loss to Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Win Streak Snapped At 10
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Astros roll past Red Sox for 10th straight victory - Associated Press
Astros aiming for series sweep vs. Red Sox - Field Level Media
Red Sox lament their missed opportunities vs. Astros - Boston Globe
Astros beat Red Sox to extend win streak to 10 - Reuters
Boston no match again for red-hot Astros - Worcester Telegram
Astros sit atop MLB power rankings through season’s first quarter - Boston Herald
Ex-Red Sox prospect Pressly of Astros sets record with 39th scoreless outing - MassLive.com
Behind Miley, Astros aim to turn it up to 11 - Astros.com
No. 9 prospect hits first Double-A homer - Astros.com
Good news for Aledmys, Astros - Astros.com
Astros ride big 1st to 2nd 10-game streak - Astros.com
Diaz 'in a very good spot' with injury - Houston Chronicle
Miley, Peacock swap spots in Astros' rotation - Houston Chronicle
Astros defeat Red Sox for 10th straight win - Houston Chronicle
Astros just showed Chavis how everyone is going to pitch him - NBC Sports Boston
Astros rookie Martin draws Red Sox for 2nd start - Field Level Media
Springer making early MVP case as Astros win 9th straight - Sporting News
Red Sox and Astros recognize greatness in each other - Boston Herald
Pressly sets MLB record with 39th consecutive scoreless appearance - 12up
Cora, Porcello both take blame for loss to Astros - NBC Sports Boston
Cora takes blame in Red Sox’ 3-1 loss to Astros - Boston Herald
Astros strike late to sink Boston - Providence Journal
Red Sox get reminder of how hard it is to win against MLB’s best - WEEI
The Astros season-long revenge tour is set to hit its biggest stop yet at Fenway Park - MLB.com
What you should know about the historically good Astros and historically bad Marlins - CBS Sports
Red Sox-Astros is baseball’s best rivalry of the moment - Boston Globe
Pressly sets new scoreless appearance streak - Astros.com
Rookie Martin gets the call for middle game - Astros.com
Martin getting used to Majors; Altuve improving - Astros.com
Pressly sets scoreless record with stylish play - Astros.com
Springer's 17th homer secures 9th straight win - Astros.com
Astros make an addition for fans outside MMP - Houston Chronicle
Astros likely to send Altuve for minor league rehab assignment - Houston Chronicle
Martin participates in rookie tradition at Fenway Park - Houston Chronicle
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Springer muscles Astros over Red Sox - Houston Chronicle

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