Astros Lose Grip on First Half's Final Day

The moment we've all been predicting and waiting for finally came on Sunday, even if it meant waiting until the final day of the season's first half before it actually came to fruition.

The Houston Astros are no longer in first place in the division. Instead, they've dropped eight of their last 10 games and six straight, while the Los Angeles Angels won 7 of their last 10 heading into the all-star break to pull a half-game ahead of Houston.

The Rangers had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the Astros' freefall, but they instead lost two straight to end the first half eight of 10 of their own to remain 5 1/2 games back of Houston and now six games out of first-place Los Angeles.

The Astros open the second half of the season by hosting the Rangers, who swept the Astros in Houston back in May to kickstart Rangers' tremendous month of May. One ice-cold team is going to heat up next weekend, and the Rangers hope it's them. Who knows? Maybe they'll start a stretch similar to that May run to get them back in the hunt before the July 31 trade deadline.

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