Astros Can't Avoid Sweep, Lose 5-4

For the second time in this series, the Astros jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. It comes as no surprise that they found a way to squander both leads and were unable to salvage a game in this four-game set.

Wandy Rodriguez allowed five runs for the third time in his last four starts, and he is really beginning to struggle. Since his return from the DL, Wandy has shown some good signs but also many causes for concern. His trade value has to be sinking a little bit, and we'll have to see what opposing teams think of him with the trade deadline quickly approaching.

There were some good signs from the offense today as Carlos Corporan and Brett Wallace both had multi-hit games. Hunter Pence's solo shot in the eighth was an absolute bomb to deep center as he continued to confirm his All-Star selection in Tuesday's game.

Carlos Lee was given the day off by Brad Mills as Brian Bogusevic got the start in left. Lee pinch-hit for Corporan in the ninth and proceeded to pop-up on the first pitch. If he doesn't lead the majors in infield pop flies, he has got to be pretty close.

With the All-Star game taking place in Phoenix on Tuesday, it's about time that the Astros got a break. They have now lost 14 of their last 17 games, and it's getting pretty ridiculous. They are on pace to finish 53-109, and this has to be one of the worst losing stretches in recent history.

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