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2009 - Ivan Rodriguez sets the record for most games caught in a big league career (2,227) but he commits two errors that help the Rangers outlast Houston, 5-4, in ten innings. Hunter Pence notches four hits including two doubles and a solo homer.
1998 - Houston nails closer Jeff Brantley with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Cardinals, 6-5. After Jeff Bagwell launches a two-run bomb to tie the game, Brad Ausmus singles home Carl Everett with the game-winner. C.J. Nitkowski is the beneficiary, picking up his second win.
1983 - Dickie Thon tags two solo homers off Eric Show to give Nolan Ryan all the cushion he needs. Houston dumps San Diego, 4-1. Ryan fans six and is one behind Philly's Steve Carlton in the all-time strikeout race.
1979 - Montreal puts a 19-3 hurt on the Astros, touching Joe Niekro for eight runs in the first three innings. George Throop and Randy Niemann are also blasted. Even winning pitcher Dan Schatzeder gets two hits.
1973 - Roger Metzger goes 4-for-4 and Bob Watson drives in three to lead a 7-3 triumph over St. Louis. Tommie Agee homers. Jim Ray gets the victory in relief of Don Wilson.



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JUNE CALENDAR

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

* - day game.

April record:  20 - 10
May record:    16 - 12
June record:   12 -  3
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Houston Astros recap - 06/17/18 - Late Rally Sweeps Royals For 11th Straight
Late Rally Sweeps Royals For 11th Straight
Astros Seek To Tie Club Record Monday

Correa: We have lift off
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Carlos Correa produced runs both early and late on Sunday but his home run in the eighth tied Kansas City, part of a three-RBI day as the Astros staged a 7-4 comeback triumph to notch their 11th staright victory. With Seattle's loss to Boston, the Astros also have a little breathing room in the AL West with a 1-1/2 game lead over the stubborn Mariners.

The 10-0 road trip over the Rangers, Athletics and Royals is already a franchise record. Houston is an amazing 29-11 this year away from home.

The scene switches back to Minute Maid on Monday as they go for a tie of the club record for consecutive wins set in in 1999 and tied in 2004. Tampa Bay will be the visitors with Gerrit Cole awaiting them in the 7:10 pm Central opener. Late word has Ryan Stanek (1-1) as the starting pitcher for the 33-38 Rays.

The two squads traded two-run frames in the first as Correa and Yuli Gurriel popped RBI singles to open the scoring. The Royals took a 4-2 lead in the third against Lance McCullers on a two-run shot by Hunter Dozier.

Evan Gattis rapped three hits on the afternoon and Brian McCann used a single in the fourth to drive him in. The Father's Day crowd of 22,326 saw McCullers leave after six innings, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Houston cracked 15 hits overall, none bigger than Correa's 3-1 missile into the Astros' bullpen that tied the score. Before long, Gattis lined a single to right to plate Gurriel with the go-ahead run and Marwin Gonzalez added an insurance cherry with a single to left that plated Jake Marisnick.

Gonzalez had earlier nailed Mike Moustakas at the plate from left field which became a domino effect as home plate umpire John Tumpane eventually ejected Moustakas and yesterday's pitcher Danny Duffy for remarks heard from the Royals' dugout. The frustrated 22-49 Royals looked ready to detonate in the humid 93-degree weather.

Correa added the final run with a sac fly in the ninth while Tony Sipp, Ken Giles and Hector Rondon iced the Royals over the final three innings.

It may be a day late but a great gift for Bayou City dad's would be to have their sons take them to watch the Astros tie a record in person (hint, hint).

- Bob Hulsey



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