Greinke, Springer lead Astros over Chisox 6-2 in 1st game

CHICAGO (AP) Zack Greinke was close to the form the Houston Astros hoped for when they traded for the right-hander to create an imposing rotation.

But he says he still needs to work on a few things.

Greinke tossed six solid innings in his second start with the Astros, George Springer and Jose Altuve hit solo home runs, and Houston topped the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

''My off-speed command was pretty good, but my fastball command is still a work in progress,'' Greinke said.

Greinke (12-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in winning for the second time since Houston acquired him from Arizona in a deal at the trade deadline. The 35-year-old struck out six, walked two and hit a batter in a 102-pitch outing that was sharper than his Astros debut last week when he allowed five runs in six innings to Colorado.

Greinke yielded a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth to Raimel Tapia against the Rockies last Tuesday. In this one, he kept the White Sox in the park - and mostly in check - as he was backed by solid defense.

''He was an out away from having two runs and six innings,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Very similar to this outing. He's just a really good pitcher who works his way through his outings, and he's winning.''

Springer connected on the first pitch of the day as the AL West-leading Astros won for the ninth time in 10 games. He also threw out a runner at the plate from right field.

Springer said he was ready for an opening fastball from hard-throwing White Sox rookie Dylan Cease. He sent a 467-foot shot to the back of the left field stands.

''The only uncertainty was how hard it was going to be,'' Springer said. ''Obviously, it was going to be anywhere from 94 to 98 (mph). I just decided to swing.''

Will Harris, Ryan Pressly and Collin McHugh each followed Greinke with a perfect inning.

Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs late with a pair of singles.

Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu drove in runs with doubles as Chicago came back to tie it from an early 2-0 deficit.

The Astros took the lead for good in the sixth when Yordan Alvarez scored an unearned run on the first of three passed balls charged to Welington Castillo.

''I'm going to talk to him after I talk to you guys,'' manager Rick Renteria told reporters.

Alvarez raced home from third to break a 2-all tie when Castillo couldn't handle Dylan Cease's shoulder high pitch to Aledmys Diaz. Castillo recovered the ball and threw to Cease covering the plate, but Alvarez narrowly beat the tag on a play that withstood video review.

Jake Marisnick scored from third in the seventh to make it 4-2 when Castillo failed to catch a high pitch to Alvarez.

Making his seventh start, Cease (2-5) allowed four runs - two earned - in six-plus innings. The rookie right-hander yielded five hits and walked five.

''I didn't execute pitches that great, but we had a chance to win'' Cease said.

Springer launched Cease's first pitch for his 26th homer and 33rd career leadoff shot.

Greinke allowed three singles in the second, but escaped unscathed when Springer threw out Castillo at the plate to end the inning.

Altuve led off the third with a line shot just over the left-center wall to give Houston a 2-0 lead.

Jimenez's double to the left-center gap in the fourth drove in Abreu from first to cut it to 2-1. Abreu's RBI double with two outs in the fifth tied it at 2.

With Houston ahead 4-2, Chirinos drove in insurance runs in the eighth and ninth.

Tuesday's straight doubleheader was scheduled after Monday night's game was postponed by rain.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Astros: INF Alex Bregman didn't start either game due to a sore shoulder suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. . RHP Brad Peacock (right shoulder discomfort) was in Houston's clubhouse following two rehab appearances for Triple-A Round Rock and said he felt ''really good.'' Manager A.J. Hinch said Peacock will return to the minors for one or two more outings, starting on Thursday, before rejoining the Astros as a reliever. Peacock was 6-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) before going on the IL on June 28. ... RHP Josh James (sore right shoulder) threw 20 pitches in Florida on Sunday. Hinch said the next step will be to intensify James' rehab program.

White Sox: INF/OF Leury Garcia (bruised finger on right hand) sat out the first game. ... Manager Rick Renteria said 3B Yoan Moncada (strained right hamstring) is progressing as he works out with the team, but there's no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT: Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.87 ERA) starts the second game of the doubleheader against White Sox RHP Ivan Nova (7-9, 4.80). Cole seeks to extend his career-best winning streak to 11 games; the last team to beat him was the White Sox on May 22. Nova is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last four starts.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (12-4)L: D. Cease (2-5)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (21), G. Springer (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF51211002.297.383.594.9777.0
J. Altuve 2B41211111.306.369.559.9277.5
M. Brantley LF40100113.323.382.517.8992.5
C. Correa SS40000112.292.362.568.9300.5
Y. Alvarez DH31000212.349.431.7201.1512.5
Y. Gurriel 1B42200103.304.339.545.8846.0
A. Diaz 3B20000301.271.327.488.8153.0
R. Chirinos C50220013.231.349.423.7733.5
J. Marisnick CF31000102.250.309.455.7644.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay RF30100111.288.321.348.6701.5
    T. Anderson SS40000003.320.343.486.8290.0
    J. Abreu 1B41210010.274.314.483.7974.5
    W. Castillo C40100022.195.267.346.6130.0
    E. Jimenez LF40110011.237.293.454.7472.5
    R. Goins 3B30100100.288.394.450.8442.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B40000014.244.304.317.621-0.5
    M. Skole DH30100012.250.280.292.5720.5
    A. Engel CF21000020.220.286.349.6341.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (33), Y. Gurriel (32)
      • HR - G. Springer (26), J. Altuve (21)
      • RBI - G. Springer (66), J. Altuve (52), R. Chirinos 2 (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, M. Brantley 3 (3), Y. Alvarez 2 (2), R. Chirinos 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (26), E. Jimenez (9)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (84), E. Jimenez (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castillo, M. Skole 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Marisnick (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Springer
      • DP - 2 (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel; Greinke-Altuve-Gurriel)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Engel
      • DP - (Goins-Sanchez-Abreu)
      • PB - W. Castillo 3 (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 12-4)6.07222603.080.9920.0
      W. Harris (H, 20)1.00000201.601.044.0
      R. Pressly (H, 25)1.00000101.940.863.5
      C. McHugh1.00000005.181.203.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 12-4)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 20)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 25)1.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Cease (L, 2-5)6.05425225.541.565.0
      K. Herrera0.20002107.081.83-1.5
      J. Fry1.03111005.081.69-2.0
      J. Osich1.11112205.661.200.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Cease (L, 2-5)6.0
      K. Herrera0.2
      J. Fry1.0
      J. Osich1.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - Z. Greinke (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 102-63, W. Harris 13-11, R. Pressly 11-9, C. McHugh 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-3, W. Harris 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0, C. McHugh 1-2
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 25, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 3, C. McHugh 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Osich (2)
      • IBB - D. Cease, K. Herrera (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Cease 98-56, K. Herrera 20-11, J. Fry 31-15, J. Osich 24-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Cease 10-5, J. Fry 2-1, J. Osich 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Cease 27, K. Herrera 4, J. Fry 7, J. Osich 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF51211002.297.383.594.9777.0
      J. Altuve 2B41211111.306.369.559.9277.5
      M. Brantley LF40100113.323.382.517.8992.5
      C. Correa SS40000112.292.362.568.9300.5
      Y. Alvarez DH31000212.349.431.7201.1512.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B42200103.304.339.545.8846.0
      A. Diaz 3B20000301.271.327.488.8153.0
      R. Chirinos C50220013.231.349.423.7733.5
      J. Marisnick CF31000102.250.309.455.7644.0
      Total34694210519-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay RF30100111.288.321.348.6701.5
        T. Anderson SS40000003.320.343.486.8290.0
        J. Abreu 1B41210010.274.314.483.7974.5
        W. Castillo C40100022.195.267.346.6130.0
        E. Jimenez LF40110011.237.293.454.7472.5
        R. Goins 3B30100100.288.394.450.8442.0
        Y. Sanchez 2B40000014.244.304.317.621-0.5
        M. Skole DH30100012.250.280.292.5720.5
        A. Engel CF21000020.220.286.349.6341.0
        Total3127202913-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (33), Y. Gurriel (32)
          • HR - G. Springer (26), J. Altuve (21)
          • RBI - G. Springer (66), J. Altuve (52), R. Chirinos 2 (43)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, M. Brantley 3 (3), Y. Alvarez 2 (2), R. Chirinos 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Abreu (26), E. Jimenez (9)
          • RBI - J. Abreu (84), E. Jimenez (45)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (31)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castillo, M. Skole 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Marisnick (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - G. Springer
          • DP - 2 (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel; Greinke-Altuve-Gurriel)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Engel
          • DP - (Goins-Sanchez-Abreu)
          • PB - W. Castillo 3 (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Greinke (W, 12-4)6.07222603.080.9920.0
          W. Harris (H, 20)1.00000201.601.044.0
          R. Pressly (H, 25)1.00000101.940.863.5
          C. McHugh1.00000005.181.203.0
          Total9.0722290---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Greinke (W, 12-4)6.0
          W. Harris (H, 20)1.0
          R. Pressly (H, 25)1.0
          C. McHugh1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Cease (L, 2-5)6.05425225.541.565.0
          K. Herrera0.20002107.081.83-1.5
          J. Fry1.03111005.081.69-2.0
          J. Osich1.11112205.661.200.0
          Total9.09641052---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Cease (L, 2-5)6.0
          K. Herrera0.2
          J. Fry1.0
          J. Osich1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - Z. Greinke (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 102-63, W. Harris 13-11, R. Pressly 11-9, C. McHugh 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-3, W. Harris 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0, C. McHugh 1-2
          • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 25, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 3, C. McHugh 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Osich (2)
          • IBB - D. Cease, K. Herrera (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Cease 98-56, K. Herrera 20-11, J. Fry 31-15, J. Osich 24-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Cease 10-5, J. Fry 2-1, J. Osich 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Cease 27, K. Herrera 4, J. Fry 7, J. Osich 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Chirinos singled to center, Gurriel scored, Diaz out at third62
          • 8TH INNING
            Chirinos singled to shallow left center, Gurriel scored52
          • 7TH INNING
            Marisnick scored, Brantley to third, Correa to second on passed ball42
          • 6TH INNING
            Alvarez scored, Gurriel to second on passed ball32
          • 5TH INNING
            Abreu doubled to deep left, Engel scored22
          • 4TH INNING
            Jimenez doubled to left center, Abreu scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Altuve homered to left center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Springer homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Osich Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel to second on wild pitch, Ball, Diaz walked
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to center, Gurriel scored, Diaz out at third
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Collin McHugh relieved Ryan Pressly
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez lined out to center
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez popped out to third
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Fry Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz flied out to deep center, Gurriel to third
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos singled to shallow left center, Gurriel scored
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to second, Chirinos out at second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to shallow center, Marisnick to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marisnick to third, Springer to second on passed ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • Josh Osich relieved Jace Fry
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Will Harris
            • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu grounded out to second
            • W. Castillo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Dylan Cease
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marisnick stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Springer flied out to left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Brantley intentionally walked
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked, Marisnick to third, Brantley to second
            • Jace Fry relieved Kelvin Herrera
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Marisnick scored, Brantley to third, Correa to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Zack Greinke
            • M. Skole: Foul, Strike looking, Skole grounded out to third
            • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alvarez walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to deep right center, Alvarez to third
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Alvarez scored, Gurriel to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Chirinos flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Engel hit by pitch
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jay grounded out to second, Engel to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to pitcher, Engel to third
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Abreu doubled to deep left, Engel scored
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo flied out to center
            • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Ball, Jimenez doubled to left center, Abreu scored
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goins walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher, Jimenez to third, Goins to second
            • M. Skole: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Skole struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve homered to left center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to right
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded out to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Anderson grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Jay out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marisnick fouled out to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, Diaz out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • W. Castillo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castillo singled to left
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez flied out to deep right
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins singled to right, Castillo to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • M. Skole: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Skole singled to right center, Castillo out at home, Goins to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer homered to left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley doubled to shallow left, Altuve to third
            • Ca. Correa: Correa popped out to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez intentionally walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded into double play third to second to first, Alvarez out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to right
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Jay out at second
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)