Beckham, Rays rally to beat Astros 6-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The first month of Austin Pruitt's first season in the majors has been a rough ride. Things are looking up right now, though, for the Tampa Bay Rays' rookie reliever.

Pruitt improved to 2-0 on the season after tossing 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief, and Tim Beckham's third straight hit came during a four-run sixth inning that helped carry the Rays past the Houston Astros 6-3 on Saturday night for their fourth win in five games.

''When hitters are in a slump, they've got to swing their way out of it,'' Pruitt said. ''With pitchers, you've got to pitch your way out of it.''

Pruitt, a 27-year-old right-hander who allowed 24 of the first 41 major leaguers he faced to reach base, has now faced the minimum 17 over his last two appearances, both wins.

''It's tough to go out there and have a few bad ones in a row, but they were all great learning experiences for me,'' he said.

''It seemed like every ball that was hit was finding a hole (in Pruitt's first six games) and that can scare you out of the zone a little bit,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''I think now he's back to what made him so good in the minor leagues and in spring training.''

Beckham, who tripled and singled in two at-bats against Houston starter Charlie Morton (1-2), drove in a run with his single in the sixth off reliever Will Harris.

Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr. and Corey Dickerson had two hits each for the Rays, who snapped the Astros' three-game winning streak.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Astros center fielder George Springer, playing in his major league-leading 205th straight game, left in the fifth with a tight left hamstring. Manager A.J. Hinch said it appeared unlikely Spring will play Sunday.

Houston took an early 2-0 lead when Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit their first home runs of the season off Rays starter Blake Snell.

After Longoria's two-run double tied it in the fifth for the Rays, the Astros took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Altuve scored from second base on a grounder to first baseman Logan Morrison. But the Rays took control in their half of the inning behind Pruitt.

''It wasn't our best night,'' Hinch said. ''You're going to have games like this sometimes. Defensively, we didn't play great. We really didn't piece together at-bat after at-bat when we did have some baserunners.''

Snell gave up three runs on three hits and five walks in five innings. In 21 1/3 innings over four starts, the left-hander has given up 15 hits and 15 walks while striking out 15.

Morton gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. Harris gave up three hits to the four batters he faced in the big sixth inning and gave up his first run of the season.

PICKOFF SPECIAL

Rays RHP Alex Cobb became the first pitcher in 14 years to pick off the same runner twice in a game with straight pickoffs on Friday. According to Elias, Cobb's two pickoffs of Jose Altuve marked the first time it happened since Cleveland's Terry Mulholland caught Desi Relaford of Kansas City twice on Sept. 11, 2003.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi threw 37 pitches during his first bullpen session since going on the 10-day disabled April 16 with a strained left hamstring. ... CF Kevin Kiermaier struck out three times before being lifted for a pinch hitter on his 27th birthday. He had left Friday's game early due to illness. ... RHP Tommy Hunter left with a tight right calf after facing three batters in the sixth. ... With LHP Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day disabled list because of left forearm tightness, Cash said RHP Danny Farquhar will have a ''very heavy left-handed role'' in the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-1) will take the hill in Sunday's series finale. He has allowed 20 hits and walked five over 15 1/3 innings in his three starts.

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (1-0) is Sunday's starter. He has given up 18 homers over 78 2/3 innings in 17 appearances since last year's All-Star break.

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  • W: A. Pruitt (2-0)L: C. Morton (1-2)S: A. Colome (4)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (1), E. Gattis (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF20000112.216.284.527.8110.5
N. Aoki RF10000000.297.341.405.7470.0
C. Beltran DH40000002.258.279.394.6730.0
J. Altuve 2B32111110.304.380.406.7869.5
C. Correa SS40000001.196.292.250.5420.0
E. Gattis C31121100.294.415.441.8568.0
A. Bregman 3B30100101.258.370.323.6922.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.294.321.431.752-0.5
M. Gonzalez LF20000110.150.292.375.6670.5
J. Marisnick CF30100020.300.417.6001.0170.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH51200004.324.361.603.9644.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30000032.282.370.394.765-1.5
    a- P. Bourjos PH-CF20120001.200.304.350.6543.0
    E. Longoria 3B40220002.250.337.444.7826.0
    B. Miller 2B40000014.227.329.379.708-0.5
    S. Souza RF41200020.352.432.5921.0243.0
    L. Morrison 1B21000210.263.333.491.8252.5
    D. Norris C40100003.173.200.192.3921.0
    S. Peterson LF41110030.318.318.500.8181.5
    T. Beckham SS42310000.254.267.407.6738.0
    • a-singled for Kiermaier in the 6th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Altuve, E. Gattis
    • RBI - J. Altuve (6), E. Gattis 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Dickerson (7), E. Longoria 2 (5), S. Souza (6)
    • 3B - T. Beckham
    • RBI - P. Bourjos 2 (4), E. Longoria 2 (12), S. Peterson (4), T. Beckham (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria 2 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 1-2)5.08552604.292.00-2.0
    W. Harris (BS, 1)0.13110001.139.00-4.0
    J. Hoyt1.20000300.000.004.5
    T. Sipp1.01000102.081.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 1-2)5.0
    W. Harris (BS, 1)0.1
    J. Hoyt1.2
    T. Sipp1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell5.03335423.381.606.0
    T. Hunter0.20000001.080.000.0
    A. Pruitt (W, 2-0)2.10000207.940.0014.0
    A. Colome (S, 4)1.01000000.001.009.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell5.0
    T. Hunter0.2
    A. Pruitt (W, 2-0)2.1
    A. Colome (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 89-59, W. Harris 16-12, J. Hoyt 21-15, T. Sipp 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-3, W. Harris 1-0, T. Sipp 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, W. Harris 4, J. Hoyt 5, T. Sipp 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 87-39, T. Hunter 9-6, A. Pruitt 20-16, A. Colome 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, T. Hunter 1-1, A. Pruitt 2-3, A. Colome 1-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, T. Hunter 2, A. Pruitt 7, A. Colome 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer RF20000112.216.284.527.8110.5
    N. Aoki RF10000000.297.341.405.7470.0
    C. Beltran DH40000002.258.279.394.6730.0
    J. Altuve 2B32111110.304.380.406.7869.5
    C. Correa SS40000001.196.292.250.5420.0
    E. Gattis C31121100.294.415.441.8568.0
    A. Bregman 3B30100101.258.370.323.6922.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.294.321.431.752-0.5
    M. Gonzalez LF20000110.150.292.375.6670.5
    J. Marisnick CF30100020.300.417.6001.0170.0
    Total293432569-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Dickerson DH51200004.324.361.603.9644.0
      K. Kiermaier CF30000032.282.370.394.765-1.5
      a- P. Bourjos PH-CF20120001.200.304.350.6543.0
      E. Longoria 3B40220002.250.337.444.7826.0
      B. Miller 2B40000014.227.329.379.708-0.5
      S. Souza RF41200020.352.432.5921.0243.0
      L. Morrison 1B21000210.263.333.491.8252.5
      D. Norris C40100003.173.200.192.3921.0
      S. Peterson LF41110030.318.318.500.8181.5
      T. Beckham SS42310000.254.267.407.6738.0
      Total366126021016-----
      • a-singled for Kiermaier in the 6th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Altuve, E. Gattis
      • RBI - J. Altuve (6), E. Gattis 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (7), E. Longoria 2 (5), S. Souza (6)
      • 3B - T. Beckham
      • RBI - P. Bourjos 2 (4), E. Longoria 2 (12), S. Peterson (4), T. Beckham (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria 2 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 1-2)5.08552604.292.00-2.0
      W. Harris (BS, 1)0.13110001.139.00-4.0
      J. Hoyt1.20000300.000.004.5
      T. Sipp1.01000102.081.002.5
      Total8.012662100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 1-2)5.0
      W. Harris (BS, 1)0.1
      J. Hoyt1.2
      T. Sipp1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell5.03335423.381.606.0
      T. Hunter0.20000001.080.000.0
      A. Pruitt (W, 2-0)2.10000207.940.0014.0
      A. Colome (S, 4)1.01000000.001.009.0
      Total9.0433562---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell5.0
      T. Hunter0.2
      A. Pruitt (W, 2-0)2.1
      A. Colome (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 89-59, W. Harris 16-12, J. Hoyt 21-15, T. Sipp 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-3, W. Harris 1-0, T. Sipp 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, W. Harris 4, J. Hoyt 5, T. Sipp 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 87-39, T. Hunter 9-6, A. Pruitt 20-16, A. Colome 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, T. Hunter 1-1, A. Pruitt 2-3, A. Colome 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 21, T. Hunter 2, A. Pruitt 7, A. Colome 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Bourjos singled to center, Peterson and Beckham scored, Dickerson to third, Bourjos to second36
        Beckham singled to shallow right, Morrison scored, Norris to third, Peterson to second34
        Peterson reached on an infield single to second, Souza scored, Morrison to third, Norris to second33
        Gattis grounded out to first, Altuve scored32
      • 5TH INNING
        Longoria doubled to deep center, Beckham and Dickerson scored22
      • 4TH INNING
        Altuve homered to left center20
      • 2ND INNING
        Gattis homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • A. Colome Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Correa flied out to deep right
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis lined out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Aoki lined out to left
        • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to left
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Sipp Pitching:
        • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham lined out to left
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson doubled to deep right
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hoyt Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Norris lined out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Correa flied out to right
        • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis grounded out to first, Altuve scored
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza doubled to left center
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Norris singled to center, Souza to third, Morrison to second
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Peterson reached on an infield single to second, Souza scored, Morrison to third, Norris to second
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Beckham singled to shallow right, Morrison scored, Norris to third, Peterson to second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to second, Norris out at home, Peterson to third, Beckham to second
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bourjos singled to center, Peterson and Beckham scored, Dickerson to third, Bourjos to second
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria lined out to shortstop
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick reached on bunt single to second, Gonzalez to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gonzalez to third, Marisnick out at second
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Beltran grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beckham singled to left
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson singled to right center, Beckham to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Longoria doubled to deep center, Beckham and Dickerson scored
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Correa flied out to deep right
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman popped out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria doubled to shallow left
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Miller lined out to right
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Souza reached on an infield single to shortstop, Longoria to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked, Souza to second
        • D. Norris: Foul, Strike looking, Norris grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • C. Beltran: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beltran grounded into fielder's choice to third, Springer out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Norris popped out to first
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Peterson struck out on foul tip
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham tripled to deep right
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa flied out to left
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis homered to right center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bregman out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Morrison grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltran flied out to deep left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson lined out to center
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)