Say goodnight to the bad guys: Astros fall short in Game 7
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)SAN DIEGO – The Houston Astros spent this odyssey of a season as baseball's biggest villains. When Aledmys Diaz flied out with a runner on first to end Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the bad guys finally lost. “The legacy of this group is that these guys are ballplayers, and these guys are men," said Baker, who took over the team in January. This was just a bunch of guys coming together and wanting to play damn good baseball and wanting to go to another World Series. Houston's lineup of veteran hitters simply kept slugging, and the Astros fought to the brink of the World Series.
Brantley hits 2 HRs, Astros top Rangers 5-3 for 5th straight
Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on July 21, 2019. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)HOUSTON - Michael Brantley homered twice, Jose Altuve also went deep and the Houston Astros beat the struggling Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Nomar Mazara hit a solo homer in the sixth off Josh James, and Logan Forsythe had a solo homer in the ninth. Lance Lynn (12-6) matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in seven innings. Cole struck out 11 and allowed one run in seven innings last time out Wednesday against the Angels.