While they likely won't avoid finishing with triple-digit losses again, the Houston Astros have tried their best to begin wrapping up this season in positive fashion.
Dallas Keuchel will try to lead his club to its first four-game win streak in three months by ending his recent struggles in Friday night's series opener against the red-hot Los Angeles Angels.
Houston (50-96) has lost a combined 213 games in the last two seasons and is on pace to match its 107 defeats from a year ago even with its current win streak.
The Astros outscored Seattle 25-7 during a road sweep earlier this week. They batted .310 and .372 with runners in scoring position while their starters posted a 1.06 ERA.
Matt Dominguez, 5 for 11 in the series, had a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a 6-1 victory Wednesday.
"It's something we talked about headed down the stretch to the end of the year. Let's build some momentum moving toward next year,'' manager Bo Porter said.
The Astros, however, have lost ...