Greinke wins again as Astros get 5-4 victory over Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch was impressed by how Zack Greinke pitched without his best stuff.

Greinke won his fourth straight start since joining the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel hit a big two-run homer in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Greinke (14-4) allowed 10 hits, but just three runs - two earned - in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked none.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was acquired in a July 31 trade with Arizona.

''He can just really pitch,'' Hinch said. ''I know nowadays we're fixated on power and stuff and the strikeouts and wipeout this and spin that, and that's all fine and good.''

''But when you see the artistic side of Zack Greinke and how pitches, how he moves the ball around the strike zone, how he challenges one of the best hitters in baseball in Mike Trout and beats him, there's just an art that he has the it factor,'' Hinch continued.

Greinke was asked how he was able to retire Trout all four times he faced him.

''Probably just got away with some stuff,'' Greinke said. ''Threw him one really good changeup so I'll take a little credit on that one. But the other ones do the same thing the next game and it might not work out so good.''

Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth to get a save for the fifth time in six games and give him 31 this season.

The game was tied with two outs in the fifth when Gurriel launched a pitch from Noe Ramirez into the front row in right field to give the Astros a 4-2 lead.

Alex Bregman, Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve each had two hits and drove in a run for the AL West-leading Astros. Rookie Abraham Toro, who made his major league debut Thursday night, collected his first two hits to help Houston to its fifth win in six games.

Kole Calhoun went 4 for 4 and extended his career best with his 28th homer, but the Angels lost their fourth game in a row.

''Right now, we're just playing good enough to just lose,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''That's just what it is.''

Jose Suarez (2-5) gave up seven hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings to lose his fourth straight decision.

The Angels jumped out to an early lead behind Calhoun, who singled and scored on Albert Pujols' single during a two-run second.

The Astros responded with run-scoring singles by Altuve in the third and Marisnick in the fourth.

Bregman chased Suarez with a double in the fifth before Gurriel connected against Ramirez for his 26th homer.

Gurriel, who wore his nickname La Pina - Spanish for pineapple - on his players' weekend jersey, used a nifty bright yellow bat painted to look like a pineapple.

The Angels closed to 5-4 on Calhoun's homer in the eighth, but the rally fizzled from there.

GREINKE AND HOUSTON'S GREATS

Greinke is the third pitcher in franchise history to win each of his first four regular-season starts, joining Roger Clemens, who won his first seven starts in 2004, and Justin Verlander, who won his first six in 2017-18.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: INF Aledmys Diaz will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock this weekend. Diaz was hospitalized last weekend after experiencing dizziness on the team bus in Oakland. ... RHP Josh James (shoulder soreness) allowed two hits and three runs while getting just one out in his first rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Dillon Peters (3-1, 3.92 ERA) will start Saturday. Peters yielded five runs - four earned - in four-plus innings in a no-decision against Texas on Monday.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (12-4, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start. Miley allowed 10 hits but just three runs to win his sixth straight decision in Houston's 5-4 victory over Detroit on Monday.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (14-4)L: J. Suarez (2-5)S: R. Osuna (31)
  • HR: LAA - K. Calhoun (28), HOU - Y. Gurriel (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 2B50200001.288.346.397.7442.0
M. Trout CF40000014.294.437.6541.090-0.5
S. Ohtani DH41000013.302.360.521.8810.5
K. Calhoun RF42411000.239.330.484.81411.0
J. Upton LF41110002.218.317.418.7343.0
A. Pujols 1B40210001.251.307.442.7503.0
A. Simmons SS40010004.271.311.377.6871.0
M. Thaiss 3B40100001.194.275.418.6942.0
A. Bemboom C30100002.185.185.333.5191.0
a- B. Goodwin PH10000010.284.342.494.836-0.5
  • a-struck out for Bemboom in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer DH30000104.293.379.565.9441.0
J. Altuve 2B31210000.300.362.538.9014.0
M. Brantley LF40100012.337.394.541.9350.5
A. Bregman SS41210013.281.408.560.9674.5
Y. Gurriel 1B41221000.305.344.548.8928.0
R. Chirinos C41100022.239.346.434.7802.0
A. Toro-Hernandez 3B40200000.250.250.250.5001.0
J. Marisnick CF31210110.246.304.442.7463.5
J. Reddick RF40100022.260.301.375.6760.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Calhoun (24), M. Thaiss (4)
    • HR - K. Calhoun (28)
    • RBI - K. Calhoun (64), J. Upton (34), A. Pujols (76), A. Simmons (29)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout, S. Ohtani 2 (2), A. Simmons, A. Bemboom
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (27), R. Chirinos (18)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (26)
    • SH - J. Altuve
    • RBI - J. Altuve (57), A. Bregman (86), Y. Gurriel 2 (91), J. Marisnick (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (21), A. Bregman (41), Y. Gurriel 2 (39)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), A. Bregman 3 (3), R. Chirinos 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Marisnick (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Simmons-Fletcher-Pujols)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Altuve-Bregman-Gurriel; Greinke-Altuve-Gurriel)
    • E - J. Altuve (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Suarez (L, 2-5)4.27332306.671.71-3.5
    N. Ramirez2.04220113.461.170.5
    L. Garcia0.12000104.801.58-1.5
    M. Del Pozo1.00000200.000.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Suarez (L, 2-5)4.2
    N. Ramirez2.0
    L. Garcia0.1
    M. Del Pozo1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Greinke (W, 14-4)6.210320102.831.0016.5
    W. Harris (H, 22)0.10000101.681.030.5
    H. Rondon (H, 13)1.01110013.831.321.0
    R. Osuna (S, 31)1.00000102.730.8710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Greinke (W, 14-4)6.2
    W. Harris (H, 22)0.1
    H. Rondon (H, 13)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 92-57, N. Ramirez 34-20, L. Garcia 10-7, M. Del Pozo 14-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 5-5, N. Ramirez 3-0, M. Del Pozo 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 22, N. Ramirez 8, L. Garcia 3, M. Del Pozo 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 96-63, W. Harris 4-3, H. Rondon 13-8, R. Osuna 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 11-7, H. Rondon 2-1, R. Osuna 2-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, W. Harris, H. Rondon 4, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Fletcher 2B50200001.288.346.397.7442.0
    M. Trout CF40000014.294.437.6541.090-0.5
    S. Ohtani DH41000013.302.360.521.8810.5
    K. Calhoun RF42411000.239.330.484.81411.0
    J. Upton LF41110002.218.317.418.7343.0
    A. Pujols 1B40210001.251.307.442.7503.0
    A. Simmons SS40010004.271.311.377.6871.0
    M. Thaiss 3B40100001.194.275.418.6942.0
    A. Bemboom C30100002.185.185.333.5191.0
    a- B. Goodwin PH10000010.284.342.494.836-0.5
    Total37411410318-----
    • a-struck out for Bemboom in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH30000104.293.379.565.9441.0
    J. Altuve 2B31210000.300.362.538.9014.0
    M. Brantley LF40100012.337.394.541.9350.5
    A. Bregman SS41210013.281.408.560.9674.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B41221000.305.344.548.8928.0
    R. Chirinos C41100022.239.346.434.7802.0
    A. Toro-Hernandez 3B40200000.250.250.250.5001.0
    J. Marisnick CF31210110.246.304.442.7463.5
    J. Reddick RF40100022.260.301.375.6760.0
    Total33513512713-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Calhoun (24), M. Thaiss (4)
      • HR - K. Calhoun (28)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun (64), J. Upton (34), A. Pujols (76), A. Simmons (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout, S. Ohtani 2 (2), A. Simmons, A. Bemboom
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (27), R. Chirinos (18)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (26)
      • SH - J. Altuve
      • RBI - J. Altuve (57), A. Bregman (86), Y. Gurriel 2 (91), J. Marisnick (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (21), A. Bregman (41), Y. Gurriel 2 (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), A. Bregman 3 (3), R. Chirinos 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Marisnick (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Simmons-Fletcher-Pujols)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Altuve-Bregman-Gurriel; Greinke-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - J. Altuve (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Suarez (L, 2-5)4.27332306.671.71-3.5
      N. Ramirez2.04220113.461.170.5
      L. Garcia0.12000104.801.58-1.5
      M. Del Pozo1.00000200.000.004.0
      Total8.01355271---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Suarez (L, 2-5)4.2
      N. Ramirez2.0
      L. Garcia0.1
      M. Del Pozo1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 14-4)6.210320102.831.0016.5
      W. Harris (H, 22)0.10000101.681.030.5
      H. Rondon (H, 13)1.01110013.831.321.0
      R. Osuna (S, 31)1.00000102.730.8710.5
      Total9.01143031---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 14-4)6.2
      W. Harris (H, 22)0.1
      H. Rondon (H, 13)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Suarez 92-57, N. Ramirez 34-20, L. Garcia 10-7, M. Del Pozo 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Suarez 5-5, N. Ramirez 3-0, M. Del Pozo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Suarez 22, N. Ramirez 8, L. Garcia 3, M. Del Pozo 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 96-63, W. Harris 4-3, H. Rondon 13-8, R. Osuna 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 11-7, H. Rondon 2-1, R. Osuna 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, W. Harris, H. Rondon 4, R. Osuna 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Calhoun homered to right center45
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman singled to center, Altuve scored35
      • 6TH INNING
        Upton reached on fielder's choice to third, Ohtani scored, Calhoun out at second34
      • 5TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to right, Bregman scored24
      • 4TH INNING
        Marisnick singled to center, Chirinos scored, Toro-Hernandez to third22
      • 3RD INNING
        Altuve singled to center, Marisnick scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Simmons reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Upton scored, Pujols out at second20
        Pujols singled to center, Calhoun scored, Upton to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Hector Rondon
        • M. Thaiss: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Thaiss grounded out to first
        • Brian Goodwin hit for Anthony Bemboom
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Will Harris
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun homered to right center
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton flied out to center
        • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Miguel Del Pozo relieved Luis Garcia
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to third
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • M. Thaiss: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Thaiss grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Bemboom: Bemboom singled to center
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher singled to right, Bemboom to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Trout flied out to shallow center
        • Will Harris relieved Zack Greinke
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to left
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Altuve to second
        • Luis Garcia relieved Noe Ramirez
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman singled to center, Altuve scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Gurriel singled to right, Bregman to second
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to center, Ohtani to third
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Upton reached on fielder's choice to third, Ohtani scored, Calhoun out at second
        • A. Pujols: Pujols singled to left, Upton to second
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Pujols out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Toro-Hernandez reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Toro-Hernandez caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to left
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Marisnick caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Reddick grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • M. Thaiss: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Thaiss doubled to right
        • A. Bemboom: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bemboom grounded out to shortstop, Thaiss to third
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Jose Suarez
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel homered to right, Bregman scored
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun doubled to deep right
        • J. Upton: Upton popped out to second
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to left
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos doubled to left center
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Toro-Hernandez singled to shallow center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick singled to center, Chirinos scored, Toro-Hernandez to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, Marisnick out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Fletcher out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Reddick singled to center, Marisnick to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Marisnick to third, Reddick out at second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Altuve singled to center, Marisnick scored
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Brantley singled to center, Altuve to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bregman popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to center
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton singled to center, Calhoun to second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols singled to center, Calhoun scored, Upton to third
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Upton scored, Pujols out at second
        • M. Thaiss: Ball, Ball, Thaiss reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Simmons out at second
        • A. Bemboom: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bemboom reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Thaiss out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to center
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Fletcher popped out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout popped out to first
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ohtani flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Suarez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Altuve hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Springer to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Brantley lined out to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)