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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
Anaheim7450.597-5824929041-2333-2717-1419-928-207-3W 2
Oakland (38)7451.592½60343816541-2133-3020-1216-1427-203-7W 1
Seattle (32)6857.5444963979934-3234-2514-1219-1427-237-3W 1
Houston (16)5373.42122508596-8829-3624-3715-1712-1322-305-5W 2
Arlington (12)4877.38426½497633-13623-3825-3910-2313-1419-303-7L 1

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August 20 - This Date in Astros History
August 20 - This Date in Astros History
August 20

1999 - Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times.
1989 - After Ryne Sandberg ties the game in the ninth with his second solo homer, Kevin Bass responds with his second long ball of the night, a grand slam off Mitch Williams for an 8-4 triumph over the Cubs. Danny Darwin gets the win after blowing the save.
1985 - Houston bloodies the Redbirds, 17-2, at the Dome before fans watch a screening of "Jaws" on the new Diamondvision scoreboard. Mark Bailey belts a grand slam while Dickie Thon homers and drives in four to lead the 19-hit attack. Bailey, Glenn Davis and Terry Puhl each deliver three of those hits.
1976 - Dan Larson does it all. The young righty tosses a five-hitter to beat Philadelphia, 8-3. At the plate, he gets three hits and drives in four. His three-run triple in the fourth breaks the game open. Wilbur Howard also contributes three hits.
1973 - J.R. Richard tosses a two-hitter as Houston bombs the Pirates, 10-2. Al Oliver breaks up his no-hit bid in the seventh. By then, Lee May had launched a three-run shot and Bob Watson had belted a grand slam.


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AUGUST CALENDAR

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

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May record:   15-14
June record:  12-15
July record:   8-17
Aug. record:   9-8

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Houston Astros recap - 08/20/14 - Carter Bombs Bombers In Bronx, 7-4
Carter Bombs Bombers In Bronx, 7-4

Carter: Watches home run sail
(c) Associated Press
This was Chris Carter's Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium:

In the first inning, he struck out. In the fourth inning, Carter struck out. In the fifth inning, he struck out. In the seventh inning, he struck out. In the ninth inning, Carter unloaded a massive three-run homer into the left field bleachers to win the game, 7-4.

Not often does one don the "golden sombrero" and the hero's halo on the same night but it seemed almost fitting as Carter blasted his 30th home run of the season to celebrate his AL Player of the Week Award. Carter has been as hot as a Houston summer since the All-Star Break, batting over .300 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs.

Brett Oberholtzer allowed four runs over 5-1/3rd innings while Birthday Boy Josh Fields took the win in relief and Chad Qualls added his 14th save.

You know a manager is in the zone when he takes out his shortstop, who was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, and pinch-hits with his other shortstop who smacks a two-run single. That's what happened to Gregorio Petit (now batting .316) and Marwin Gonzalez. Bo Porter played the left-right percentages and MarGo's knock gave Houston a 4-2 lead in the sixth but the Yankees tied it up when Martin Prado doubled home a pair in the bottom half of the frame.

David Robertson (who wears #30) issued two walks in the ninth and had a 3-0 count to Carter before Chris deposited #30 into the second level. Earlier, Robbie Grossman dumped an RBI single and Dexter Fowler spanked a triple and scored for Houston's first two runs. The Astros totalled 13 hits but struck out 15 times.

Off the field, reliever Darin Downs was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 15th, with an oblique strain. 1B/OF Jesus Guzman was reactivated at the same time but did not play Tuesday.

The two clubs take the field again on Wednesday in a 6:05 Central duel when Scott Feldman (6-9) locks horns with Michael Pineda (2-2) who is making his second start after a shoulder injury. At 63-60, the Yankees stand four games behind both Detroit and Seattle for the final wild card spot. At 53-73, the Astros have now moved 4-1/2 games ahead of the Rangers for fourth in the AL West.



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