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2011 - After 11 seasons as one of the top Astro hitters in history, Lance Berkman returns for the first time as a St. Louis Cardinal. Welcomed with mostly applause, Berkman rips a go-ahead double in the ninth only to see Houston bounce back for a 6-5 triumph. Bill Hall singles through the drawn-in infield for the game-winner. Brett Wallace, Berkman's heir at first base, has three hits. Despite being last in the NL Central, the 9-14 Astros are just three games out of first.
1998 - Former Expos Sean Berry and Moises Alou lead a 15-0 thrashing in Montreal. Alou homers and drives in five runs while Berry and Richard Hidalgo each deliver four hits. Derek Bell also belts a home run. Sean Bergman is the beneficiary as Houston tallies in six of the nine frames.
1995 - "Play Ball" never sounded so good. The Astros open the strike-delayed season with a 10-2 victory in San Diego. Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Phil Plantier start the campaign with home runs. Doug Drabek works five innings for the win. Although over 41,000 attend, baseball's attendance plummets as resentment over the strike lingers.
1981 - Bob Knepper tosses his second consecutive shutout, a 1-0 whitewash over Cincinnati. Denny Walling 's homer off Mario Soto accounts for the game's only run. Walling also supplies a defensive gem, an over-the shoulder grab with two men aboard to thwart a Red threat.
1963 - Bob Bruce tosses the first one-hitter in franchise history, a 2-0 blanking of the Reds. A harmless single by Vada Pinson is the only blemish. Bruce needs just 96 pitches to accomplish the feat.



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3/29     @TEX*     W 4-1
3/30     @TEX      L 5-1
3/31     @TEX*     W 9-3
4/01     @TEX*     W 8-2
4/02      BAL      W 6-1
4/03      BAL     W 10-6
4/04      BAL*     W 3-2
4/05      off        --
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4/07      SD       W 1-0
4/08      SD*      W 4-1
4/09     @MIN      W 2-0
4/10     @MIN      L 4-1
4/11     @MIN*     L 9-8
4/12      off        --
4/13      TEX      W 3-2
4/14      TEX*     L 6-5
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4/17     @SEA      W 4-1
4/18     @SEA      W 7-1
4/19     @SEA*     W 9-2
4/20     @CSX     W 10-0
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4/22     @CSX*     W 7-1
4/23      ANA      L 2-0
4/24      ANA      L 8-7
4/25      ANA*     W 5-2
4/26      off        --
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4/30      NYY       ----
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Houston Astros recap - 04/25/18 - Verlander Aces Angels, 5-2
Verlander Aces Angels, 5-2
Houston Back In First By 1/2 Game

Bregman: Triple starts scoring
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The Astros looked to Justin Verlander for an "ace" performance on Wednesday and the former MVP did not let them down. Stunned by two defeats and the loss of first place to the visiting Angels of Anaheim, Verlander set his team back on course and prevented the sweep in a 5-2 triumph at Minute Maid before a throng of 29,777.

Verlander did not give up a hit until the fifth inning and struck out nine over seven frames. He labored in the seventh which was when the Angels split Houston's lead in half to 4-2. Chris Devenski and Ken Giles mopped up with Giles notching just his second save.

Former Astro Nick Tropeano also pitched well in the beginning. However, he walked a pair with two outs in the fourth, then hit a batter before Alex Bregman drilled a liner past third that skipped to the scoreboard for three runs.

Jose Altuve clubbed his first homer of the year over the Crawfords to make it a 4-0 lead. Albert Pujols answered with a line shot into the first row of the Crawfords that ruined the shutout for Verlander. Pujols is now six hits shy of 3,000 as he extended his Houston franchise record of most homers by an opposing batter to 58.

Later that same inning, Andrelton Simmons scored on a double to left center by Zack Cozart which was deflected by Josh Reddick away from Jake Marisnick. Jake made up for it the same inning with a solo homer to tally the game's final run.

The victory, Verlander's fourth against no defeats in April, moved the Astros back in front of the Angels for first place in the AL West by a half-game. The Astros take Thursday off before returning to work at home against Oakland in a weekend series. Dallas Keuchel (1-3) will try to add onto a successful outing in his last appearance. The A's will counter with lefty Sean "No-Hit" Manaea (3-2) who will try to tie Johnny Vander Meer's record for consecutive big league no-hitters. The first pitch will be at 7:10 pm Central on Friday.

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