Glasnow, 4 relievers help Rays beat Astros 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tyler Glasnow had a concerning spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays. The gangly, 6-foot-8 right-hander - acquired last July from the Pirates for ace Chris Archer - had some fans worrying his stellar end to 2018 might have been a flash in the pan.

Facing one of the AL's top lineups to open his regular season, Glasnow was golden once again for the Rays.

Glasnow and four relievers shut down the Houston Astros after Alex Bregman's first-inning homer, and Tampa Bay won 3-1 Saturday.

''I felt like I started strapping up a bit,'' said Glasnow, who went 0-5 in spring training while giving up 15 runs in 13 innings. ''There's just a little extra boost. Everybody's out there trying to win and your team is counting on you.''

Bregman went deep on his 25th birthday, but Glasnow (1-0) was otherwise excellent, striking out four and allowing six hits over five innings.

''I know everybody was talking about his spring training, and this and that, and not performing as well as he would have liked. He certainly performed well tonight,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

Ryne Stanek followed with two hitless innings, and Jose Alvarado pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Astros starter Collin McHugh (0-1) struck out nine and allowed two runs over five innings in his return to the rotation. A 19-game winner in 2015, McHugh was moved to the bullpen last season due to Houston's rotation depth.

McHugh didn't allow a hit until Yandy Diaz's leadoff double in the fifth. Kevin Kiermaier drove in Diaz with a two-out double, and Michael Perez made it 2-1 with a single, the third and final hit off McHugh.

''I don't underrate them. They're a good team,'' McHugh said. ''I've been coming into this place for six years now and it's hard to win here. What they do well is grind. They don't quit. They're deep in terms of their pitching.''

Tommy Pham drove in Tampa Bay's final run with a single in the eighth off Chris Devenski. It marked the 35th straight game in which Pham has reached base.

Singles by Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley and a walk loaded the bases for the Astros in the eighth, but right fielder Avisail Garcia ran down Josh Reddick's line drive off Adam Kolarek for the third out.

''They did a lot more with their opportunities than we did,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''One run and eight hits, it's tough to win in this ballpark.''

13 MORE STRIKES AGAINST THEM

The Rays struck out 13 times, raising their three-game total to 38. In the last two seasons, the Rays have won six nine-inning games while striking out 13 or more times, and four of those have been against Houston.

WHO'S COUNTING?

Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi fielded a sharp groundball by Tony Kemp in the second inning and threw to second base to start a double play, much to the surprise of shortstop Joey Wendle, since there were two outs. Asked if he would fine Choi, Cash replied: ''No, but I yelled at his translator for not telling him.''

BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL

Tropicana Field is still trying out new blue lights to tint its roof, hoping to make it easier for players to track flyballs. In testing done after Friday's game, players were still having difficulty tracking balls that went above the lights. ''They're making adjustments and improvements,'' Cash said. ''Not quite what we're looking for yet.'' The lights are part of a new LED system installed throughout the ballpark.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (stiff neck) might make his season debut Sunday after going through a complete workout that included batting practice.

Rays: LHP Anthony Banda (Tommy John surgery) is throwing off a mound.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Wade Miley makes his Astros debut on Sunday.

Rays: Tampa Bay was expected to use an opener for the first time this season, but Cash said Saturday night he will use RHP Yonny Chirinos as a traditional starter.

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  • W: T. Glasnow (1-0)L: C. McHugh (0-1)S: J. Alvarado (2)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (1)
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R. Chirinos C40100021.286.444.429.8730.0
T. White 1B30000122.250.333.250.5830.0
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  • a-struck out for Kemp in the 9th
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    BATTING
    • HR - A. Bregman
    • RBI - A. Bregman
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, J. Reddick 3 (3), R. Chirinos, T. Kemp 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Diaz (2), K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
    • SH - G. Heredia
    • RBI - T. Pham (2), K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, B. Lowe, Y. Diaz 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Altuve
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Meadows, T. Pham (2), J. Choi
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Chirinos
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Choi)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. McHugh (L, 0-1)5.03221903.600.808.5
    W. Harris1.01000100.001.002.5
    C. Devenski2.03110304.501.503.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. McHugh (L, 0-1)5.0
    W. Harris1.0
    C. Devenski2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Glasnow (W, 1-0)5.06111411.801.4016.0
    R. Stanek (H, 1)2.00001100.000.505.5
    C. Roe (H, 2)0.21000000.001.50-1.0
    A. Kolarek (H, 2)0.11001000.003.00-2.0
    J. Alvarado (S, 2)1.00000200.001.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Glasnow (W, 1-0)5.0
    R. Stanek (H, 1)2.0
    C. Roe (H, 2)0.2
    A. Kolarek (H, 2)0.1
    J. Alvarado (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 81-56, W. Harris 15-9, C. Devenski 27-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 5-1, W. Harris 1-1, C. Devenski 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 19, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 77-51, R. Stanek 21-11, C. Roe 8-7, A. Kolarek 10-5, J. Alvarado 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 7-2, R. Stanek 1-4, C. Roe 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 20, R. Stanek 7, C. Roe 3, A. Kolarek 3, J. Alvarado 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer DH40200000.333.385.583.9682.0
    J. Altuve 2B30100102.300.417.7001.1171.0
    A. Bregman SS41111011.083.083.333.4175.5
    M. Brantley LF40100000.417.417.7501.1671.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B30000110.300.417.400.8170.5
    J. Reddick RF40200003.375.375.375.7502.0
    R. Chirinos C40100021.286.444.429.8730.0
    T. White 1B30000122.250.333.250.5830.0
    T. Kemp CF30000003.000.143.000.1430.0
    a- J. Marisnick PH10000010.250.400.250.650-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Kemp in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Meadows LF20000121.100.182.400.5822.0
    G. Heredia LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Pham DH40110031.364.417.364.7802.5
    J. Choi 1B40200011.250.250.250.5003.5
    B. Lowe 2B40000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
    Y. Diaz 3B41100003.364.417.8181.2353.0
    D. Robertson SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Wendle SS-3B30000011.000.286.000.286-0.5
    A. Garcia RF30000011.143.143.143.286-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF31110020.222.222.333.5563.0
    M. Perez C31210000.667.6671.0001.6675.0
    Total30373011312-----
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Bregman
      • RBI - A. Bregman
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, J. Reddick 3 (3), R. Chirinos, T. Kemp 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz (2), K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
      • SH - G. Heredia
      • RBI - T. Pham (2), K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier, M. Perez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, B. Lowe, Y. Diaz 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Altuve
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Meadows, T. Pham (2), J. Choi
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Chirinos
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Choi)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. McHugh (L, 0-1)5.03221903.600.808.5
      W. Harris1.01000100.001.002.5
      C. Devenski2.03110304.501.503.5
      Total8.07331130---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. McHugh (L, 0-1)5.0
      W. Harris1.0
      C. Devenski2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Glasnow (W, 1-0)5.06111411.801.4016.0
      R. Stanek (H, 1)2.00001100.000.505.5
      C. Roe (H, 2)0.21000000.001.50-1.0
      A. Kolarek (H, 2)0.11001000.003.00-2.0
      J. Alvarado (S, 2)1.00000200.001.0011.0
      Total9.0811371---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Glasnow (W, 1-0)5.0
      R. Stanek (H, 1)2.0
      C. Roe (H, 2)0.2
      A. Kolarek (H, 2)0.1
      J. Alvarado (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 81-56, W. Harris 15-9, C. Devenski 27-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 5-1, W. Harris 1-1, C. Devenski 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 19, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 77-51, R. Stanek 21-11, C. Roe 8-7, A. Kolarek 10-5, J. Alvarado 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 7-2, R. Stanek 1-4, C. Roe 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 20, R. Stanek 7, C. Roe 3, A. Kolarek 3, J. Alvarado 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Pham singled to left center, Perez scored13
      • 5TH INNING
        Perez singled to right, Kiermaier scored12
        Kiermaier doubled to deep right, Diaz scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Bregman homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Adam Kolarek
        • Daniel Robertson at shortstop
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chirinos popped out to second
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • Jake Marisnick hit for Tony Kemp
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Guillermo Heredia in left field
        • Chaz Roe relieved Ryne Stanek
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman lined out to center
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Chaz Roe
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Brantley singled to shallow left, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked, Altuve to third, Brantley to second
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Devenski Pitching:
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to right
        • G. Heredia: Heredia hit sacrifice bunt to third, Perez to third
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to left center, Perez scored
        • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt, Choi singled to center, Pham to second
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham stole third Choi stole second,
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick flied out to center
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • T. White: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • T. Kemp: Kemp lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
        • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia flied out to deep left
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Tyler Glasnow
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley lined out to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Will Harris relieved Collin McHugh
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choi singled to shallow left
        • B. Lowe: Lowe reached on fielder's choice to second, Choi out at second
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Diaz lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, White grounded out to third
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to first
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Altuve fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to shallow left
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier doubled to deep right, Diaz scored
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to right, Kiermaier scored
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick singled to left
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Meadows walked
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Meadows stole second, Meadows to third on catcher Chirinos throwing error, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve grounded out to second, Springer out at second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Kiermaier struck out on foul tip
        • M. Perez: Perez grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to left
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos singled to right, Reddick to second
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp grounded into fielder's choice to first, Chirinos out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz lined out to first
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Altuve caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Bregman homered to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choi grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)