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McCullers struggles as Astros drop opener against Padres, 4-3

Houston Astros v San Diego Padres
Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros hits an RBI single during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 21, 2020 in San Diego, California.
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The red hot Astros looked to extend their winning streak as they kicked off a series with the Padres.

The offense wasted no time picking up where they left off in Colorado. George Springer led off the game with a double. Altuve followed with a single and then Correa added a single scoring Springer to put the Astros on the board. They loaded the bases eventually but couldn’t pickup any other runs in the first.

Lance McCullers got the start for the Astros but ran into a bit of trouble in the first. Hosmer doubled with two outs and then scored on a Machado RBI single. He walked the next batter but was able to get out of the jam with just the one run scoring.

Both teams went scoreless over the next two innings as the Padres started to get into their bullpen. The Padres put a couple guys on in the 4th and came away with one run thanks to a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1, Padres.

McCullers ran into some more trouble in the 5th inning another RBI single from Machado and an RBI double from Cronenworth to make it 4-1. McCullers finished the 5th and finished with a line of 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER.

The Astros tried to rally getting a run in the 6th on a Straw RBI double to left. Kyle Tucker added an RBI single single in the 7th to make it 4-3. Unfortunately they couldn’t get anything else going and fell by the finale score of 4-3.