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Murphy, Semien HR; Luzardo sharp in debut as A's beat Astros

Sep. 12, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two players key to Oakland's future helped lead the Athletics to an important win. Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien homered, hyped pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 5-3. "What we are seeing from (Luzardo) and...

Verlander gets MLB-best 18th win as Astros down Seattle 2-1

Sep. 7, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros continued their dominance against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night behind another strong start by ace Justin Verlander. Verlander pitched seven strong innings to get his MLB-leading 18th win in his first start since throwing his third no-hitter to lead the Astros to...

Brantley homers in 13th, Astros rally past Mariners 11-9

Sep. 6, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Astros fell behind by seven runs in the second inning Thursday night, it would have been easy for them to starting looking toward their next game. But for a team eyeing a World Series championship that was never even a thought. "I think that's what makes a team special, a...

Springer's homer in 10th keys Astros' 3-2 win over Brewers

Sep. 2, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — George Springer was just trying to get a hit in the 10th inning to start a rally. He did a lot more than that. Springer homered to start the inning and lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. "I'm just trying to get on base," Springer said. "Leading off...

Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter, Astros beat Jays 2-0

Sep. 1, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Verlander took the mound for the ninth inning, fully aware of the no-hitters he finished — and his near misses, too. Zeroed in, he wouldn't be denied this time. Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season by striking out 14 to lead the Houston...

Springer HR, 4 RBIs as Astros beat Blue Jays 7-4

Aug. 30, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — George Springer's pure swing produced some impressive power for the Houston Astros. Springer homered and drove in four runs as Houston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Friday night, the Astros' 10th win in 12 games following a five-game losing streak. Springer's 29th homer was a three-run...

Choi hits key double, Rays rally past Astros 9-8

Aug. 29, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros had the Rays on the ropes, threatening to hand Tampa Bay a fifth straight loss in the thick of a postseason race. The Rays got themselves right in time to salvage a win. Ji-Man Choi put Tampa Bay ahead with a two-run double in the seventh, Travis d'Arnaud homered and drove in...

Verlander gets win despite ejection as Astros down Rays 15-1

Aug. 28, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Justin Verlander was bracing for a pitcher's duel as he prepared to face former teammate Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Turned out quite differently than Verlander had imagined. Rookie Yordan Alvarez homered twice as Houston jumped on Morton to build a big...

Bregman, Brantley HRs lead Miley, Astros over Angels 5-2

Aug. 24, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman changed his approach, and his results. Bregman hit his career-high 32nd homer and Wade Miley earned his seventh straight win as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Saturday night. "I've been chasing a little higher rate lately because I think I was trying to...

Greinke wins again as Astros get 5-4 victory over Angels

Aug. 24, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch was impressed by how Zack Greinke pitched without his best stuff. Greinke won his fourth straight start since joining the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel hit a big two-run homer in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Greinke (14-4) allowed 10 hits,...