Sports Astros rally late against former teammate, top Mariners 4-3

13:11  31 august  2021
13:11  31 august  2021 Source:   msn.com

Álvarez, Astros slug their way to 12-3 win over Mariners

  Álvarez, Astros slug their way to 12-3 win over Mariners HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros shook off the hitting woes that plagued them for most of the last week, slugging four home runs in a rout of the Seattle Mariners. Yordan Álvarez homered and had four RBIs as the Astros jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and cruised to the 12-3 win on Friday night. Álvarez and Jake Meyers hit two-run homers off Kikuchi (7-7) as he tied a career-high by allowing seven runs in a season-low 2 2/3 innings. MartínYordan Álvarez homered and had four RBIs as the Astros jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and cruised to the 12-3 win on Friday night.

SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Meyers had the last of three singles as part of Houston’s eighth-inning rally against former teammate Joe Smith, scoring Kyle Tucker with the go-ahead run and sending the Astros over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Monday night.

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Dylan Moore had a pinch-hit, two-run homer for Seattle in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. But that was erased in the eighth as Smith (2-3) couldn’t get outs against his former team and Seattle made a pair of defensive miscues.

“We just didn’t execute defensively as good as we normally do. ... It’s something we’ve been very good at throughout the course of the year and tonight, we did make a couple mistakes there that caught, that hurt us and you can't do that against a good team," Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Bregman scores winning run in 10th as Astros down KC 6-5

  Bregman scores winning run in 10th as Astros down KC 6-5 HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman had two hits and an RBI in his first action in more than two months, and he scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a groundout by Jake Meyers to lift the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Kyle Tucker singled with no outs in the 10th to send automatic runner Bregman to third. Meyers then hit a comebacker that struck pitcher Joel Payamps (0-3) and pulled him toward first base. Payamps tossed the ball to first for the meaningless out as Bregman slid home.

Yuli Gurriel led off with a single and advanced to second when J.P. Crawford failed to make a clean catch on the throw from the outfield.

Tucker followed with a hitt to score Gurriel and in four pitches Seattle’s lead was gone. Tucker stole second with one out and Meyers capped the comeback with a single to left field off Smith.

Tucker scored without a throw and despite stumbling momentarily between second and third.

“Anytime you can send them you got to send them and take a chance,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work but most of the time it does.”

Moore double-clutched before throwing.

“He did stumble and then I just made the wrong read and didn’t throw it when I should have,” Moore said.

Meyers' single came after falling behind 0-2 in the count and fouling off a couple of pitches.

Toro slams old team, connects in 8th as M's beat Astros 4-0

  Toro slams old team, connects in 8th as M's beat Astros 4-0 SEATTLE (AP) — Abraham Toro hit a grand slam against a player he was traded for last month, connecting in the eighth inning and sending the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-0 on Tuesday night. Toro’s homer came off former Mariners reliever Kendall Gravemen — they were both part of a four-player swap on July 27. The Astros rallied Monday night against Joe Smith, who also was part of that trade, for a 4-3 win. Toro turned the tables the next night with his first career slam. “That was Major League Baseball in 2021 at its finest,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Graveman (5-1) walked J.P. Crawford to start his rugged return to T-Mobile Park.

“I got down 0-2, but I had seen two of his main pitches and so I was just trying to get a barrel on it and hit it hard somewhere. And I did that,” Meyers said.

Houston reliever Ryne Stanek struck out the side in the eighth and Ryan Pressly worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 22nd save.

Houston has won five of six and its rally was another blow to Seattle’s waffling playoff hopes. The Mariners have lost four of five on their current homestand, dropped 8 1/2 back of the Astros in the AL West and failed to make up a game on Boston in the wild card.

Moore provided Seattle a needed jolt when he homered off Houston reliever Brooks Raley for the second time this season. It was Moore’s first homer since July 26 when he hit an eighth-inning grand slam off Raley to cap Seattle’s rally for an 11-8 victory.

Jose Marmolejos also homered for Seattle after being selected from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day.

Mariners silence Houston bats again for 1-0 victory

  Mariners silence Houston bats again for 1-0 victory SEATTLE (AP) — Ten days ago, the Seattle Mariners pitching staff couldn't get outs, giving up an avalanche of runs to Houston's powerful offense. Now it's the Astros wondering what happened after getting shut out on consecutive days by the Mariners. “I don't think they pitched any different. I just think they executed better," Houston's Michael Brantley said. "If you're executing, mixing your pitches, throwing quality strikes and staying out of the middle of the plate you're going to have success.” Rookie right-hander Logan Gilbert and four relievers combined to shut out Houston for the second straight day and J.P.

Houston scored twice in the first against Chris Flexen but failed to add on despite plenty of base runners. Yordan Alvarez’s RBI single and Tucker’s sacrifice fly gave Houston the early lead.


Flexen allowed eight hits but kept Houston from getting a key hit with runners in scoring position. Flexen has allowed three earned runs or less in 20 of his 25 starts this season.

Houston starter Luis Garcia pitched into the sixth and allowed five hits and two earned runs. He struck out six.


Houston recalled RHP Brandon Bielak from Triple-A Sugar Land. RHP Bryan Abreu was optioned to Sugar Land after Sunday’s game. ... Seattle designated RHP Jimmy Yacabonis for assignment to clear a spot for Marmolejos.


Astros: 3B Alex Bregman was out of the lineup on Monday. Manager Dusty Baker said the plan was for Bregman to play three games and then take a day off after he returned from the injured list last week due to a quad injury. He expected Bregman back in the lineup on Tuesday. ... Baker said C Jason Castro was getting a second opinion on his surgically repaired knee. Castro was placed on the injured list on Sunday, but had not played since last Tuesday.

Mariners: Servais said OF Kyle Lewis (knee) won't go out on a rehab assignment early this week. Lewis reported general soreness from an extensive workout on Sunday and his timeline for a rehab assignment was being evaluated.


Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (10-4, 3.32) is 2-0 this season against the Mariners. McCullers allowed two runs over six innings in a win over Seattle on Aug. 20.

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (7-7, 4.33) was rocked for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings on Aug. 20 against the Astros. Kikuchi has lost four of his past five decisions dating to July 7 and has not pitched beyond six innings since July 1.


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Hey Siri! Astros rookie homers twice in 15-1 win at Rangers .
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Hey Siri, this was a first start to remember after all of those years working to get to the majors. Jose Siri homered twice and added a two-run single while becoming the first big league player since RBIs became official in 1920 to have two homers and five RBIs in a first career start as the AL West-leading Houston Astros overwhelmed the last-place Texas Rangers 15-1 on Monday night. “I feel really happy, I feel really proud of myself to be able to accomplish that," Siri, who finished 4 for 5 and scored three times, said through a translator. Yordan Alvarez added a pair of 400-foot homers, and Alex Bregman also went deep for the Astros (84-59).

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