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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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Astros-Padres preview - STATS
A's bullpen falters in ninth; Astros sweep series - Contra Costa Times
Gattis helps Astros down A's - Sports Network
Astros 7, A's 6 - Reuters
Gattis, Astros rally in 9th, sweep 3-game set from A's - Associated Press
Hope you're sitting down: Your first place Houston Astros - San Antonio Express-News
First-place Astros rally in ninth to sweep A’s - San Francisco Chronicle
Unbeaten McHugh faces Shields, Padres in series opener - Astros.com
Gattis breaks slump, matches career-high four RBIs - Astros.com
Gattis' ninth-inning double secures Astros' sweep - Astros.com
Marisnick returns to Astros' lineup - Astros.com
Marisnick contribues to Astros’ comeback after missing one game with injury - Houston Chronicle
Hinch admires Padres and their changes from afar - Houston Chronicle
Gattis comes up clutch in 9th as Astros sweep Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Gattis Keys 7-6 Sweeper
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Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Sports Xchange
Fresno Grizzlies atop the division - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros club Athletics, 9-3 - Associated Press
A’s Graveman takes 9-3 loss to Astros hard - San Francisco Chronicle
Altuve leads Astros to 9-3 victory over Athletics - Journal Media Group
Astros-Athletics preview - STATS
Altuve continues dominance over Athletics in Astros victory - ESPN
Slumping A's fall to new low in loss to Astros - Bay Sports Net
Houston Astros - TeamReport - Reuters
Altuve powers Astros to 9-3 win over A's - Reuters
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Altuve, Lowrie Lead 9-3 Rout
- Astros Daily
Wojciechowski looks to lead Astros to sweep in finale - Astros.com
Veteran Feldman appreciates Astros' energy, improvement - Astros.com
Altuve, Springer go deep as Astros secure series - Astros.com
Fields continues success in 2015 debut - Astros.com
Astros using caution with Marisnick's return - Astros.com
Altuve, Springer power Astros past Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Jimerson opens up about tumultuous life in new book - Houston Chronicle
Neshek’s April a matter of perspective - Houston Chronicle
Marisnick could be held out until Padres series - Houston Chronicle
Prospects: Preston Tucker - Climbing Tal's Hill
Who's hot, who's not for Corpus - Climbing Tal's Hill
Preview: Astros at Athletics - SportsDirectInc
Astros hang on for wild win over Athletics in 11 innings - Sports Xchange
Houston Astros - PlayerWatch - Reuters
Astros-Athletics preview - STATS
Recap: Oakland vs. Houston - Sports Network
A’s lose 5-4 to Astros -- all scoring in extra innings - San Francisco Chronicle
Astros outlast Athletics in extra-inning victory - Associated Press
Astros might need a change at first base - Climbing Tal's Hill
What should the Astros do in the 2015 draft? - Minor League Ball
JetHawks update - Climbing Tal's Hill
Feldman seeks revenge against A's - Astros.com
Keuchel lowers ERA to 0.62 despite 'spotty' command - Astros.com
Astros hold off A's in 11 for crazy finish - Astros.com
Fields back in the bullpen mix for Astros - Astros.com
Marisnick to get a couple of days to deal with leg soreness - Astros.com
Altuve menaces A’s while Springer breaks out - Houston Chronicle
Extra-inning runs lead to wild Astros win in Oakland - Houston Chronicle
Fields’ violent throwing motion brings heat and tweaks - Houston Chronicle
Coliseum brings back fond memories for Hinch - Houston Chronicle
Villar to work on versatility while down with Fresno - Houston Chronicle
Marisnick out of lineup with right leg discomfort - Houston Chronicle
Appel starts strong at Corpus - Houston Chronicle
Astros Outlast A's In Eleven
- Astros Daily
Astros, A's clash in matchup of AL West's best - Sports Network
Preview: Astros at Athletics - STATS
Astros (and Gattis) out to redefine the meaning of the designated hitter - Houston Press
Pitcher injuries and velocity - Crawfish Boxes
Skeeters kick off fourth season - SportsRadio 610
Preview: Astros at Athletics - Sports Xchange
Keeping up with Astros Triple-A Fresno - Climbing Tal's Hill
Could the current Astros crack the top 10 in franchise home run totals? - Houston Chronicle
Scouting report: Astros at Oakland Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Manfred pushes for pre-draft medical info following Brady Aiken debacle - Houston Chronicle
Scribner and Musgrove dominate lower levels, Hoes explodes - Crawfish Boxes
Can Keuchel win 20 games this season? - Crawfish Boxes
Could Astros finish April with winning record? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Mariners escape, salvage finale vs. Astros - Sports Network
Astros activate P Fields from DL - Sports Network
Astros fail to complete sweep as rally comes up short - Associated Press
Mariners hang on to beat Astros - Reuters
Is Astros vs. Rangers a rivalry that’s ever going to happen? - Houston Chronicle
Happ Snaps Astros Streak, 3-2
- Astros Daily
Keuchel faces fellow lefty Kazmir to open series vs. A's - Astros.com
Hernandez puts up 'good effort,' but walk proves costly - Astros.com
Carter slugs first homer but late strikeout stands out - Astros.com
Hernandez takes tough loss as M's snap Astros' win streak - Astros.com
Harris proving to be valuable addition to bullpen - Astros.com
Fields activated; Villar optioned - Houston Chronicle
Carter’s first homer of season not enough as Astros see win streak snapped - Houston Chronicle
Peacock’s injury is a tricky one that the Astros are all too familiar with - Houston Chronicle
Carter says he’s starting to feel better at the plate - Houston Chronicle
Gonzalez showing an ability to learn on the fly, fill various roles for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros slugger Carter ‘not on track’ - Sports Xchange
McHugh wins 10th straight as Astros rally past Mariners 6-3 - Associated Press
Dissecting some early season numbers - Crawfish Boxes
Does Preston Tucker have a future in Houston? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros rally to defeat Mariners - Reuters
Astros-Mariners preview - STATS
Mariners keep struggling as bullpen blows late lead - Kitsap Sun
Hooks close Tulsa series with win - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Hernandez takes on Seattle, aiming for sweep - Astros.com
Altuve's double caps rally as McHugh wins 10th straight - Astros.com
Altuve finds redemption with bases loaded - Astros.com
McHugh had to battle to keep streak alive - Astros.com
Astros lead AL West but know it’s early - Houston Chronicle
Astros’ clutch hitting sends them past Mariners - Houston Chronicle
Five-Run Rally Sinks Mariners
- Astros Daily
Could this be the year of the Astros' ascent? - House of Houston
Fields nears return, but Astros keep plan close to vest - Astros.com
Gregerson’s Astros career is off to a strong start - Houston Chronicle
Protective plates work for some, others not ready to don - Houston Chronicle
Kemp draws national attention with highlight-reel catch - Houston Chronicle
The Astros have a striking-out problem - Call to the Pen
Valbuena hits 2 HR in Houston's 7-5 victory over Seattle - Associated Press
Mariners pitchers underperform again in 7-5 loss to Astros - Bellingham Herald
Astros-Mariners preview - STATS
Valbuena homers twice; Astros beat Mariners - Sports Network
Favored foes on tap for McHugh, Walker - Astros.com
Valbuena's two homers help Astros win third straight - Crawfish Boxes
Valbuena's big night gives Astros third straight win - Astros.com
Early success has Astros feeling bullish about their 'pen - Astros.com
Valbuena powers Astros past Mariners in series opener - Houston Chronicle
Decision on Fields could lead to Astros carrying 8 relievers - Houston Chronicle
Valbuena Stars In 7-5 Triumph
- Astros Daily

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