Beltran homers, Astros come back to beat Rays 6-3

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Carlos Beltran homered for the Astros in consecutive games once again.

Playing three days before his 40th birthday and a day after his first home run this season, Beltran led off the second inning with his 423rd home run as the Astros rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Friday night.

Beltran homered in five straight games for Houston during the 2004 postseason, earning a $119 million, seven-year contract from the New York Mets on the free-agent market. He signed a more modest $16 million, one-year deal during the offseason to rejoin the Astros.

''Today was a good day for me. I had a good session in the cage,'' Beltran said. ''Of course that translates to the game, and I felt like my swing was coming along very good.''

Beltran homered off Alex Cobb (1-2) and also singled in the fourth as the Astros won for the ninth time in 11 games. With 1,040 extra-base hits, Beltran is one behind Pete Rose for third among switch-hitters behind Eddie Murray (1,099) and Chipper Jones (1,055).

Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit solo homers in the first three innings off Mike Fiers as the Rays took a 3-1 lead.

Houston tied the score in the fourth on RBI singles by Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits each, and George Springer hit into a run-scoring forceout in the seventh for a 4-3 lead.

''We have come back in a few games before,'' Beltran said, ''so we're confident that if we continue to put quality at-bats on, we're going to find a way to score.''

Mike Feliz (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth in relief of Fiers, who allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Ken Giles retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save. Houston relievers allowed one hit in four innings.

''These guys are really good and we've got a lot of them, which is a good feeling,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''It's nice to have a lot of options, especially when these guys come in and pitch well.''

Cobb (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings while striking out seven. He picked off Jose Altuve at first base in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Tampa Bay had won its previous six home games. Longoria, a two-time Gold Glove third baseman, made a throwing error and failed to make two other plays that helped the Astros add runs.

''It's probably one of my worst days defensively in a while, ended up being the difference in the game,'' he said. ''Jumbo (Diaz) came in and made the pitch he needed to make, and I just didn't make the play, and it ended costing the game, as simple as that. I'll take responsibility for it.''

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left the game after the fifth inning due to what the Rays described as an illness.

After the game the Rays placed left-hander Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm tightness and recalled right-hander Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham.

HOT PITCHER

Hinch called RHP Chris Devenski ''the hottest pitcher on the planet'' after Devenski's seven-out save on Thursday, the longest save by a pitcher with a lead of three runs or fewer in more than four years. Devenski's 25 strikeouts ranked seventh in the AL going into Friday's games, and he has pitched only 13 1/3 innings.

SHORT WORK

Two calls were overturned quickly by replay challenges early in the game. The Rays' Shane Peterson was called out at first base in the second inning, but it took 48 seconds to return a verdict of infield hit. In the third, the Rays' Brad Miller was called safe on a stolen base attempt, but a replay changed the call to out in 43 seconds.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Correa went hitless for a second straight game after missing three games with a bruised right hand.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi is to have his first bullpen session Saturday since going on the 10-day DL Tuesday due to a strained left hamstring. ... OF Mallex Smith, who missed his eighth straight game with a strained right hamstring, ran the bases and is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (1-1) is to start the middle game of the three-game series Saturday night. He got his lone double-digit strikeout performance (11) in his only outing against Tampa Bay, on June 25, 2014.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (0-2) has walked 10 and given up 12 hits over 16 1/3 innings in three starts this season. Six of the 11 runs he allowed were unearned.

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AstrosHOU12-5
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RaysTB9-9
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  • W: M. Feliz (1-0)L: A. Cobb (1-2)S: K. Giles (4)
  • HR: HOU - C. Beltran (2), TB - E. Longoria (3), L. Morrison (4), C. Dickerson (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40110112.222.282.542.8243.5
J. Reddick LF40010013.313.327.479.8060.5
J. Altuve 2B50100014.303.373.364.7370.5
C. Correa SS30000121.212.311.269.5810.0
C. Beltran DH42211011.274.297.419.7167.5
A. Bregman 3B41100011.254.362.322.6841.5
B. McCann C42310000.311.396.467.8636.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41310000.319.347.468.8157.0
N. Aoki LF20000112.306.350.417.7670.5
J. Marisnick CF10000012.294.429.6471.076-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH41111012.317.358.603.9615.5
    K. Kiermaier CF30100010.294.385.412.7960.5
    P. Bourjos CF10000001.167.286.333.6190.0
    E. Longoria 3B41111011.235.329.412.7415.5
    B. Miller 2B30100101.242.347.403.7501.0
    S. Souza RF40100011.343.429.5821.0110.5
    L. Morrison 1B41111001.273.322.509.8316.0
    D. Norris C40000010.167.196.188.384-0.5
    S. Peterson LF40100020.333.333.556.8890.0
    T. Beckham SS30100011.218.232.345.5780.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (2), Y. Gurriel 2 (4)
      • HR - C. Beltran (2)
      • SF - J. Reddick (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer (13), J. Reddick (5), C. Beltran (7), B. McCann (8), Y. Gurriel (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (4), Y. Gurriel (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Dickerson (4), E. Longoria (3), L. Morrison (4)
      • RBI - C. Dickerson (8), E. Longoria (10), L. Morrison (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - J. Altuve 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Miller
      FIELDING
      • DP - E. Longoria, L. Morrison, B. Miller
      • E - E. Longoria (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers5.07331535.401.606.5
      M. Feliz (W, 1-0)1.00000002.450.0010.0
      W. Harris (H, 3)1.01000000.001.002.0
      L. Gregerson (H, 5)1.00000106.480.003.5
      K. Giles (S, 4)1.00000205.630.0011.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers5.0
      M. Feliz (W, 1-0)1.0
      W. Harris (H, 3)1.0
      L. Gregerson (H, 5)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 1-2)6.09441714.881.672.5
      J. Diaz2.00001103.860.505.5
      D. Farquhar1.02221105.793.00-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 1-2)6.0
      J. Diaz2.0
      D. Farquhar1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fiers
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 91-59, M. Feliz 8-6, W. Harris 14-8, L. Gregerson 7-5, K. Giles 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-5, M. Feliz 1-2, W. Harris 2-1, L. Gregerson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, M. Feliz 3, W. Harris 4, L. Gregerson 3, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Farquhar (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 104-68, J. Diaz 23-15, D. Farquhar 27-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 7-3, J. Diaz 3-1, D. Farquhar 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 27, J. Diaz 6, D. Farquhar 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AstrosHOU12-5
      0102001026110
      RaysTB9-9
      111000000381
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF40110112.222.282.542.8243.5
      J. Reddick LF40010013.313.327.479.8060.5
      J. Altuve 2B50100014.303.373.364.7370.5
      C. Correa SS30000121.212.311.269.5810.0
      C. Beltran DH42211011.274.297.419.7167.5
      A. Bregman 3B41100011.254.362.322.6841.5
      B. McCann C42310000.311.396.467.8636.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B41310000.319.347.468.8157.0
      N. Aoki LF20000112.306.350.417.7670.5
      J. Marisnick CF10000012.294.429.6471.076-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Dickerson DH41111012.317.358.603.9615.5
        K. Kiermaier CF30100010.294.385.412.7960.5
        P. Bourjos CF10000001.167.286.333.6190.0
        E. Longoria 3B41111011.235.329.412.7415.5
        B. Miller 2B30100101.242.347.403.7501.0
        S. Souza RF40100011.343.429.5821.0110.5
        L. Morrison 1B41111001.273.322.509.8316.0
        D. Norris C40000010.167.196.188.384-0.5
        S. Peterson LF40100020.333.333.556.8890.0
        T. Beckham SS30100011.218.232.345.5780.5
        Total343833188-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Springer (2), Y. Gurriel 2 (4)
          • HR - C. Beltran (2)
          • SF - J. Reddick (2)
          • RBI - G. Springer (13), J. Reddick (5), C. Beltran (7), B. McCann (8), Y. Gurriel (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (4), Y. Gurriel (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Dickerson (4), E. Longoria (3), L. Morrison (4)
          • RBI - C. Dickerson (8), E. Longoria (10), L. Morrison (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - J. Altuve 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Miller
          FIELDING
          • DP - E. Longoria, L. Morrison, B. Miller
          • E - E. Longoria (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers5.07331535.401.606.5
          M. Feliz (W, 1-0)1.00000002.450.0010.0
          W. Harris (H, 3)1.01000000.001.002.0
          L. Gregerson (H, 5)1.00000106.480.003.5
          K. Giles (S, 4)1.00000205.630.0011.0
          Total9.0833183---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers5.0
          M. Feliz (W, 1-0)1.0
          W. Harris (H, 3)1.0
          L. Gregerson (H, 5)1.0
          K. Giles (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (L, 1-2)6.09441714.881.672.5
          J. Diaz2.00001103.860.505.5
          D. Farquhar1.02221105.793.00-1.5
          Total9.01166391---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (L, 1-2)6.0
          J. Diaz2.0
          D. Farquhar1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Fiers
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 91-59, M. Feliz 8-6, W. Harris 14-8, L. Gregerson 7-5, K. Giles 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-5, M. Feliz 1-2, W. Harris 2-1, L. Gregerson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, M. Feliz 3, W. Harris 4, L. Gregerson 3, K. Giles 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Farquhar (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 104-68, J. Diaz 23-15, D. Farquhar 27-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 7-3, J. Diaz 3-1, D. Farquhar 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 27, J. Diaz 6, D. Farquhar 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Gurriel scored, Springer to second on wild pitch63
            Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, McCann scored, Gurriel to third63
          • 7TH INNING
            Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, McCann scored, Gurriel out at third, Aoki to second43
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel singled to left, Bregman scored, McCann to second33
            McCann singled to deep right, Beltran scored, Bregman to third23
          • 3RD INNING
            Longoria homered to left center13
          • 2ND INNING
            Morrison homered to center12
            Beltran homered to right center11
          • 1ST INNING
            Dickerson homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Farquhar Pitching:
            • B. McCann: McCann reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel doubled to deep left, McCann to third
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Reddick: Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, McCann scored, Gurriel to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Gurriel scored, Springer to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Giles Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison flied out to center
            • D. Norris: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
            • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Diaz Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bregman grounded into double play third to second to first, Correa out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Gregerson Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Souza flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann singled to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep left, McCann to third
            • N. Aoki: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aoki walked
            • G. Springer: Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, McCann scored, Gurriel out at third, Aoki to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick popped out to third
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Harris Pitching:
            • S. Peterson: Ball, Peterson grounded out to first
            • T. Beckham: Beckham singled to deep left
            • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dickerson flied out to center
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bourjos grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Feliz Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Souza grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Morrison lined out to center
            • D. Norris: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Norris lined out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center
            • C. Correa: Altuve picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier singled to shallow right
            • E. Longoria: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop, Kiermaier to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Miller lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve safe at first on 3rd baseman Longoria fielding error
            • C. Correa: Altuve picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beltran singled to right
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left center, Beltran to third
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, McCann singled to deep right, Beltran scored, Bregman to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel singled to left, Bregman scored, McCann to second
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Foul, Norris lined out to center
            • S. Peterson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • N. Aoki: Foul, Aoki popped out to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Ball, Longoria homered to left center
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
            • S. Souza: Ball, Miller caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Souza singled to right
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Morrison grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltran homered to right center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to deep center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Morrison homered to center
            • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Norris lined out to center
            • S. Peterson: Peterson reached on an infield single to third
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Beckham lined out to third
            • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peterson to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Springer doubled to deep left
            • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to center
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson homered to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria flied out to deep left
            • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Miller singled to left
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)