Astros Vs. Giants: Houston Swept By San Francisco With 3-2 Loss On Sunday

The Houston Astros return from the All-Star break with a road series against the San Francisco Giants.

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N.L. Central Standings: Astros Toiling In Last Place

The Astros have been struggling of late and the All-Star break did not help as they were swept by the Giants and have now lost 13 of their last 14 games. Wit this losing streak the Astros have fallen to last place in the N.L. Central and are 17.5 games out of first place. The only team within striking distance is the Chicago Cubs, but even they are 3.5 games ahead of the Astros.


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cincinnati 50 38 .568 0 Won 6
Pittsburgh 49 39 .556 1 Lost 1
St. Louis 46 43 .516 4.5 Lost 3
Milwaukee 42 46 .477 8 Won 1
Chicago 36 52 .409 14 Won 4
Houston 33 56 .370 17.5 Lost 4

The next series for the Astros is a four-game West Coast road trip when they face the San Diego Padres.

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Astros Vs. Giants Final Score: Houston Swept With 3-2 Loss On Sunday

Buster Posey's go-ahead single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Houston Astros fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Sunday. The loss was the Astros fourth in a row and completed a three-game sweep by the Giants.

The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Buster Posey RBI single and a bases loaded walk from Bud Norris. Houston rallied with single runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game before Posey put the Giants back on top for good in the fifth.

Matt Cain picks up his 10th win of the season allowing five hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. Bud Norris takes the loss after allowing five hits and three runs in six innings. Norris walked six and struck out six on the evening. Santiago Casilla picked up his 23rd save of the season.

Posey went 3 for 4 for the Giants and drove in two of their three runs. Marwin Gonzalez had two hits for the Astros in his return from the disabled list.

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Astros Vs. Giants: Game 3 Lineups Announced

Jed Lowrie is officially on the disabled list, causing a shuffle in the Astros lineup headed into Sunday's finale against the Giants. Marwin Gonzalez will sub for Lowrie, batting eighth in the lineup. Also, catcher Carlos Corporan is up from Triple-A and batting eighth.

Houston Astros:

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF

2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B

3. Scott Moore (L) 1B

4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF

5. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF

6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B

7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS

8. Carlos Corporan (S) C

9. Bud Norris (R) P

San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF

2. Emmanuel Burriss (S) 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B

4. Buster Posey (R) C

5. Angel Pagan (S) CF

6. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF

7. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

9. Matt Cain (R) P

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Jed Lowrie Injury: Astros Shortstop On Crutches With Ankle, Knee Injury

The Houston Astros will likely be without shortstop Jed Lowrie in the short term after he suffered ankle and knee injuries on Saturday.

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Astros Vs. Giants Sunday Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros saw a ninth inning comeback go all for naught as the Giants rallied with a 12th inning win on Saturday. The Astros will hand the ball to Bud Norris on Sunday as Houston tries to avoid a three-game sweep coming out of the All-Star break.

Norris is 5-6 with a 4.71 ERA on the season but was solid in his last outing allowing two runs in seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It won't be easy for the Astros as San Francisco will counter with All-Star Game starter Matt Cain who will is looking for his 10th win of the season.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 3:05 p.m. CT

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Giants Final Score: Houston Falls 3-2 In Extra Innings

A ninth inning rally goes for naught as the Houston Astros fall 3-2 in 12 innings to the San Francisco Giants. Houston entered the ninth trailing 2-0 but rallied to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

Justin Maxwell's two-out double in the ninth cut the Giants' lead to 2-1. Chris Snyder then struck out but a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error from Hector Sanchez allowed Maxwell to score and tie the game. Sanchez went from goat to hero in the 12th when his walk-off single off of closer Brett Myers gave San Francisco the win.

Maxwell had the only extra base hit and the only RBI for Houston on the night. Sanchez finished 4 for 6 for the Giants and drove in two. Melky Cabrera also finished with two hits on the night.

Jeremy Affeldt gets the win after retiring a single batter in the 12th. Brett Myers takes the loss after he didn't retire a single batter in the 12th giving up three singles. Tim Lincecum delivered a strong performance for the Giants throwing eight shutout innings while allowing five hits and striking out 11.

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Jed Lowrie Leaves Game With Ankle Injury

Astros starting short stop Jed Lowrie was taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning after he injured his ankle on a collision play at second base. Giants right fielder Gregor Blanco slid into Lowrie hard and knocked him hard down to the ground.

Lowrie was down on the ground holding his knee, but the diagnosis was Lowrie's ankle. Prior to leaving the game Lowrie was 0-for-2 from the plate.

Brian Bixler replaced Lowrie at shortstop and also took his No. 3 spot in the lineup. So far Bixler has gone 0-for-1 from the plate and has also struck out one time.

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Astros Vs. Giants Game 2 Lineup: Lucas Harrell Gets Start For Houston

The Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants are in their second game of a three game set, and Saturday night's starters are Lucas Harrell for the Astros and Tim Lincecum for the Giants. On the road Harrell is a completely different pitcher than he is at home and is 1-5 away from Minute Maid Park.

Lincecum has struggled all year and has a 3-10 record on the year, and 1-8 since May 9. However, in his career against the Astros, Lincecum has a record of 5-0 and an ERA of 1.14.

In Saturday's game, the Astros did make a few lineup changes with Scott Moore at first base with Matt Downs getting the night off, and Jordan Schafer is back in the lineup at centefield and is leading off.

Astros lineup:
1. Jordan Schafer CF
2. Jose Altuve 2B
3. Jed Lowrie SS
4. J.D. Martinez LF
5. Scott Moore 1B
6. Chris Johnson 3B
7. Justin Maxwell RF
8. Chris Snyder C
9. Lucas Harrell P

Giants lineup:
1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Ryan Theriot 2B
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey 1B
5. Pablo Sandoval 3B
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Hector Sanchez C
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Tim Lincecum P

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Astros Vs. Giants: Saturday Preview, TV Schedule And More

Houston's bats were dominated on Friday night against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. On Saturday night, the Astros will face off against struggling two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum has been nothing shy of awful this year -- and his numbers are historically bad. He carries a 3-10 record into Saturday's contest, with a 6.42 ERA and atrocious 1.58 WHIP. Lincecum has struck out 104 in 96 and 2/3 innings of work, but he's also issued 50 walks to go along with those strikeouts.

In his last two starts, Lincecum has lasted just three and 1/3 innings each, and has given up a combined 14 runs (13 earned).

Houston will send Lucas Harrell to the mound, opposing Lincecum. To date, Harrell is 7-6, with a 4.56 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Harrell's last outing came on July 3, a no decision in which Harrell surrendered five runs on nine hits in five innings, but did strike out nine.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Houston.

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Astros Vs. Giants: Madison Bumgarner Dominates, Astros Lose 5-1

Madison Bumgarner was dominant on Friday night, as the San Francisco Giants topped the Houston Astros 5-1, as both teams resumed play after the extended All-Star break.

San Francisco took a quick 2-0 lead after the first inning, thanks to a two-run home run by Buster Posey. The Giants would tack on another two runs in the second inning, on a Joaquin Arias RBI single, and a Justin Christian RBI ground out, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead.

As it turns out, Posey's homer was all Bumgarner really needed.

Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out five en route to his 11th win of the season.

Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla all held Houston's offense in check, while preserving the lead for Bumgarner.

Wandy Rodriguez fell to 7-7 on the year, picking up the loss. Rodriguez allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings, while striking out four.

Houston's lone run was scored on a Chris Snyder home run, one of just three hits for Houston on the night.

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Astros Vs. Giants: Friday's Lineups Announced

Fresh off the All-Star break, the Astros are in San Francisco for a series against the Giants.

While the Astros are looking to climb out of the cellar of the NL Central, the Giants are 1/2 game back in the NL West. Friday's lineups have been announced.

Here is the Astros lineup:

1. Jose Altuve 2B

2. Brian Bixler RF

3. Justin Maxwell CF

4. J.D. Martinez LF

5. Jed Lowrie SS

6. Chris Johnson 3B

7. Chris Snyder C

8. Matt Downs 1B

9. Wandy Rodriguez P

Here is the Giants lineup:

1. Justin Christian RF

2. Ryan Theriot 2B

3. Melky Cabrera LF

4. Buster Posey C

5. Pablo Sandoval 3B

6. Angel Pagan CF

7. Brandon Belt 1B

8. Joaquin Arias SS

9. Madison Bumgarner P

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Astros Vs. Giants: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros will begin the second half of the 2012 MLB season on the road in San Francisco, where they played victim to Matt Cain's perfect game earlier in the year. Houston need a break, having lost 10 of their last 11 games before the All-Star break.

Starter Jordan Lyles looked impressive in his last outing, getting a win against Milwaukee with a seven inning, two-run, six-hit effort. In 11 starts, however, Lyles is 2-5 with a 5.08 ERA.

Date / Time: Friday, July 13, 9:15 p.m. CT

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Jordan Lyles (2-5) vs Madison Bumgarner (10-5)

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Astros Vs. Giants Series Preview: Second Half Of Season Begins In San Francisco

The Houston Astros return from the All-Star break with a road series against the San Francisco Giants.

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