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The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros, both at the top of their respective divisions, open a new series Friday from Oracle Park. Both teams also enter this series due to victories in their previous series.
The Astros win five out of six to move to 63-40
Astros, as you would expect, have been in great shape this season. They have won five of their last six games to quickly go 63-40 for the season, 1st in AL West. They come into this game on the back of an 11-4 win in their previous game against the Mariners.
“You love watching these guys beat,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a nice feeling when you score and guys get five on bats and do something with them.”
As reported by AP: It was the 13th time this season that Gurriel has had at least three hits. Carlos Correa also had three hits, and Kyle Tucker met the Astros, who have won seven of their last nine games.
– Houston Astros (@astros) July 29, 2021
Giants beat the Dodgers again to extend the NL West lead
The Giants have risen big in the games that have mattered, especially in their recent series against the Dodgers. They are now moved to 64-38 for the season and lead NL West with three games now.
According to the Associated Press, C Buster Posey missed the game after taking a bad ball off his mask Wednesday night, but Kapler said he did not have a concussion and was optimistic he could return to the lineup on Friday. Crawford was activated from 10-day IL earlier Thursday.
Kevin Gausman gets the start of the Giants in the series opener on Friday. He is 9-4 for the season with an ERA of 2.21, fifth in the league along with 140 strikes. He is also ninth in the MLB in WHIP (0.92).
A strong RBI double from Flo
– SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 29, 2021
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