Sports McCullers throws 7 scoreless, Astros beat Giants 6-4

09:41  11 august  2020
09:41  11 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Giants beat Dodgers 3-1, gain split of season-opening series

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McCullers threw seven brilliant innings and combined with relievers Chris Devenski and Hector Rondon for a six -hit shutout as the Astros made a fifth-inning homer from Jake Marisnick stand up for their franchise-record-tying 11th consecutive road victory, a 1-0 win over the Rays on Thursday.

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HOUSTON — After a terrible road trip, Lance McCullers Jr. gave the Houston Astros just what they needed to get back on track Monday night.

McCullers pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa drove in two runs each and the Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

McCullers (2-1) bounced back from one of the worst performances of his career with a gem where he allowed one hit and struck out five in seven scoreless innings.

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McCullers threw about 20 pitches before walking into the dugout and into the clubhouse. McCullers did the same thing on the field at Yankee Stadium before his Game 4 start in the American League Championship Series. Instead of getting his work in before the previous day's game, he waits to make

“He was masterful tonight,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He was more aggressive with his fastball, which increased their swinging for the breaking ball."

The 26-year-old tied a career high by allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings of a 14-7 loss at Arizona his last time out.

“It was just up to me not to blow it again," McCullers said. "We needed a win tonight. We needed to start the homestand on a big, positive note and we did that."

His only hit allowed Monday came when Donovan Solano extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 15 games with a grounder down the third base line that rolled just out of reach of Alex Bregman for a double with one out in the seventh.

“Wrong pitch," McCullers said. “That was on me shaking and not throwing the correct pitch in that situation."

Astros, A's clear benches, empty seats; Oak wins 9th in row

  Astros, A's clear benches, empty seats; Oak wins 9th in row OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros apparently were tired of playing nice. So following two quiet games at the Coliseum, true feelings seemed to come out and tempers flared Sunday, months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers. Things got so angry the benches cleared — and the stands emptied, too, during Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the AL West rival Astros. The Athletics'So following two quiet games at the Coliseum, true feelings seemed to come out and tempers flared Sunday, months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.

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The Astros got back in the win column a day after an ugly 7-2 loss to the Athletics that was marred by a benches-clearing fight that could lead to the suspension of hitting coach Alex Cintrón. Cintrón was yelling at Oakland’s Ramón Laureano before the A's outfielder charged Houston’s dugout, leading to the team’s second such incident this season after the Astros also got into with the Dodgers.

San Francisco rookie starter Logan Webb (1-1) allowed four hits and five runs — only two earned because of two errors — in 3 1/3 innings.

“It’s hard not to look at the line and feel discouraged," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “But at the same time, I think he can be proud of going through that lineup and not really giving up on much hard contact. I think we have better in us behind him that’s for that’s for sure."

The Giants got things going on offence after McCullers left the game. Austin Slater had a solo shot off Josh James that made it 6-1 in the eighth inning.

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Solano chased James on an RBI double with no outs in the ninth. Ryan Pressly retired the next two batters before the Giants cut it to 6-3 on a run-scoring single by Brandon Crawford. Slater hit an RBI single before Pressly retired pinch-hitter Evan Longoria to get his first save.

Bregman was hit in the shoulder by Solano's throw home while trying to score on Yuli Gurriel's grounder in the third. The ball bounced off Bregman, glanced off catcher Chadwick Tromp's mask and rolled away, allowing Bregman to score.

McCullers, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, retired his first six batters before plunking Slater on the leg to start the third inning. He helped himself out with a nifty defensive play to end that inning when he ran to cover first base on a grounder hit by Mike Yastrzemski, made an off-balance catch and tagged Yastrzemski before falling to the dirt.

Martín Maldonado snapped a 0-for-13 slump when he connected off Conner Menez for a solo homer to the seats in right field to start Houston’s sixth and make it 6-0.


Astros: OF George Springer missed his fourth straight game Monday because of a strained right wrist. He visited a hand specialist on Monday in Houston and there was no additional damage. He remains day to day.


Solano's two hits Monday improved his average to .458, which ranks second in the majors behind Colorado's Charlie Blackmon (.484).

His 15-game hitting streak is a career best, and he's the first Giant to have a hitting streak of 15 games or more since Angel Pagan had a 19-game hitting streak in 2016.


Houston rookie Brandon Bielak (2-0, 0.87 ERA) will make his second career start when the series continues Tuesday night. Bielak, who made two relief appearances this season, allowed two hits in five scoreless innings in his first start on Thursday against Arizona but did not factor in the decision in Houston’s 5-4 loss. Left-hander Tyler Anderson (0-1, 2.19) will start for San Francisco.


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McCullers defends lack of sign-stealing suspensions for Astros .
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and his teammates are looking to put the 2017 sign-stealing scandal in the rearview mirror, but that will be easier said than done. "There haven't been any more conversations about it here," McCullers told The Athletic's "Starkville" podcast with Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville. "I know that I get tagged in 70,000 posts a day about it, but that's just life. Really and truly we are trying to move on as a group. I apologized for it. We as a group apologized for it. I stood there in my locker for 40 minutes during spring training and answered every question under the sun about it.

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