Sports Valdez, González, Maldonado send Astros past Angels 10-0
Meyers has homer, 4 RBIs as Astros rout Mariners 11-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros rookie Jake Meyers homered and drove in four runs as Houston jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and sailed to an 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. “This is the kind of game we’re looking for to create some momentum and build some confidence and start a winning streak,” Houston star Jose Altuve said. Kikuchi (7-8) allowed three hits but was done in by an error behind him and four walks, which equaled a season high, over 1 2/3 innings in his shortest start this year. He gave up six runs, four earned. “That one got away from us very quickly," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Not what we were looking for, obviously.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Framber Valdez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, Marwin González hit a grand slam and the Houston Astros moved closer to the AL West title with a 10-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Martin Maldonado launched a three-run homer in the eighth, José Siri hit a leadoff homer and Carlos Correa had an early RBI single among his four hits as the Astros (89-61) opened their final road trip of the regular season by getting 17 hits in their fifth win in six games.
González, filling in for a resting Jose Altuve, drove in five runs and connected in the ninth inning for his third homer since joining the Astros two weeks ago.
Marmolejos, Mariners score 4 in 9th, avoid sweep by Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — In the wild-card chase with precious few games remaining, the Seattle Mariners don't have time to sulk after tough losses. It was imperative they put the previous night's 10-inning defeat by the Houston Astros behind them to avoid a sweep in the series finale Wednesday. A ninth-inning burst allowed them to do just that, as José Marmolejos hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the inning and J.P. Crawford padded the lead with two-run homer to lead the Mariners to an 8-5 victory. “You never would have known that we were in a tough game last night and weren't able to get it done ...
Houston continued to close in on its fourth AL West championship in five seasons by moving seven games ahead of second-place Oakland, which lost at Seattle. The Astros' magic number dropped to six.
Valdez (11-5) came back strong after missing his previous turn in the rotation with a small cut on his hand. The left-hander struck out six and pitched around three walks, and he escaped a bases-loaded jam with his 98th and final pitch in the seventh.
Jaime Barría (2-4) gave up 10 hits while pitching into the sixth inning for the Angels, who dropped six games under .500 for the first time since late June with their fourth consecutive loss and 13th shutout defeat.
Los Angeles (72-78) is fading down the stretch, going 6-11 in September and moving closer to its sixth straight losing season and seventh straight non-playoff season.
Astros lefty Valdez scratched from start with cut on finger
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston left-hander Framber Valdez was scratched from his start against Texas on Thursday night, a day after cutting the index finger on his pitching hand. Manager Dusty Baker said Valdez sustained the cut after putting his hand on the outfield wall during batting practice at the year-old home of the Rangers. Baker said the club still hoped he could make the start against Rangers rookie Glenn Otto in the finale of a four-game series. Instead, it will be a matchup of rookies with right-hander Luis Garcia making his 26th start for the Astros.
Siri hit his fourth career homer on Barría's third pitch. Correa drove in Yordan Álvarez later in the first, but Houston didn't score again until its four-run eighth.
Los Angeles loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Valdez induced a grounder from David Fletcher to Correa, whose bouncing throw from shortstop beat the Angels speedster to first.
Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 with a 386-foot flyout to deep center in the eighth inning, going hitless one day after striking out 10 Athletics on the mound. Ohtani is batting .201 since July 29, and he hasn't homered since Sept. 10.
Astros: RHP Ryne Stanek went on paternity leave, and RHP Brandon Bielak came up from Triple-A Sugar Land. ... INF Freudis Nova moved to the 60-day injured list with a knee injury.
Angels: Justin Upton won't play for the rest of the season due to back pain, manager Joe Maddon said. Upton last played Sept. 1. The 34-year-old outfielder made $23 million this season while batting .211 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs in 89 injury-plagued games. He is scheduled to make $28 million in 2022, the final year of his contract.
Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) makes his fourth major league start for the Angels against Houston's José Urquidy (7-3, 3.38).
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
Rookies lead Rangers past Angels 5-2 to avoid 100th defeat .
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Andy Ibanez’s two-run single highlighted a four-run second inning for Texas and fellow rookie A.J. Alexy won for the third time in four career starts as the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Tuesday night to stave off their 100th loss for a second consecutive game. Ibanez matched a career best with three hits for the Rangers (58-99), who haven’t lost 100 games since 1973. He’s hitting .418 in his last 21 games with multiple hits in 13 of his last 20. “He’s relentless in the batter’s box,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “He doesn’t take a pitch off.” Max Stassi hit a two-run home run for the Angels, who have lost nine of 11.