Tempers flare as Astros beat Rangers 6-2 in series opener

HOUSTON (AP) If Monday's series opener between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers was any indication of things to come, the 18 games left of this in-state rivalry should be rather interesting.

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each hit RBI doubles in a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Rangers in a game that included a benches-clearing tussle.

''You don't want anybody to get hurt, but you want high-emotion baseball,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''This is fun for us to play with a little bit of edge. We'll see them (Tuesday). We'll see them 18 more times. Obviously, it should be a fun summer.''

Houston trailed by 1 entering the seventh inning before George Springer tied it at 2 with a run-scoring single on a high chopper that bounced just over the head of Tony Barnette, who had just relieved starter Andrew Cashner (0-3), with no outs.

Altuve's double sent home another run to put Houston on top. Correa followed with his double to center field to score two more, making it 5-2 and chasing Barnette. Gurriel's RBI double landed just out of reach of a diving Delino DeShields with two outs to wrap up Houston's scoring.

Chris Devenski (2-1) struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Mike Napoli broke out of a slump with two hits, including a solo homer that gave Texas a 2-1 lead in the fourth, and was at the heart of the incident that led to the benches clearing in the sixth inning. He had just one hit in his last 20 at-bats before a single in the second inning.

Cashner had already plunked both Altuve and Gurriel when Lance McCullers Jr. threw behind Napoli with two outs in the sixth. He took a couple of steps toward McCullers while yelling at him and McCullers did the same. Astros catcher Brian McCann quickly got in Napoli's face and, after a few seconds, players from both benches began spilling onto the field.

Players from both teams did some pushing and shoving, and Springer held back McCullers as he continued to bark at Napoli. Order was restored after a couple of minutes and both teams received warnings, but no one was ejected before play resumed and McCullers struck out Napoli.

McCullers denied intentionally throwing behind Napoli.

''I was just trying to go in, it got away,'' McCullers said.

Napoli saw things differently.

''I've been in the game a long time,'' Napoli said. ''I understand how things work. Two of their guys get hit, but all he has to do is put it in my hip and I run down to first base. No one likes 95 behind their back.''

The bad blood between these in-state rivals was evident even before the first pitch Monday when the Rangers printed out a tweet by Houston third baseman Alex Bregman and posted it on a board in their clubhouse. The tweet was mocked not only for its content - saying he wanted to beat the Rangers - but also for the fact that Bregman misspelled the word ''operation'' by writing ''opperation.''

''I made a rookie mistake,'' Bregman said. ''I shouldn't have tweeted that out. It was more of just trying to fire up our team and I shouldn't have put it on social media at all ... poorly worded. Obviously I misspelled a word, another rookie mistake there.''

Cashner allowed three hits and three runs - two earned - in six-plus innings to remain winless since Sept. 7, 2016.

McCullers yielded six hits and two runs while tying a season high by fanning 10 to give him 46 strikeouts in six starts this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: A.J. Griffin is expected to come off the disabled list to start on Thursday after recovering from gout in his left ankle. Yu Darvish was originally scheduled to start on Thursday, but the Rangers plan to push his start back to Friday to give him an extra day of rest after throwing 116 and 125 pitches in his last two starts.

Astros: OF Jake Marisnick was activated from the disabled list before the game. Marisnick had been out since suffering a concussion on April 23.

THEY SAID IT

Napoli on his performance: ''My timing was good (Monday). I'm going to build off it. Take some positives. Wish we could have come out on top. I felt a lot better ... at the plate.''

UP NEXT

Rangers: Cole Hamels is scheduled to start for Texas on Tuesday night. Hamels has pitched at least five innings and allowed three runs or less in each of his first five games. He got his second win this season by allowing seven hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings in his last start against Minnesota.

Astros: Mike Fiers will look for his first win as he starts on Tuesday night. Fiers is 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA in four starts and allowed five hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start.

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  • W: C. Devenski (2-1)L: A. Cashner (0-3)S: K. Giles (7)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (4)
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S. Choo DH40000022.260.374.416.789-1.0
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R. Odor 2B40000010.188.234.356.590-0.5
M. Napoli 1B42211011.161.235.323.5587.5
J. Gallo 3B30000121.205.327.530.8570.0
E. Andrus SS30210102.286.320.459.7804.0
N. Mazara RF30100011.232.283.384.6670.5
J. Lucroy C20000101.200.246.277.5231.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF-RF50210003.239.300.489.7893.0
    J. Reddick RF-LF51000005.278.314.392.7061.0
    J. Altuve 2B32110002.326.406.478.8848.0
    C. Correa SS31120100.236.317.360.6766.0
    C. Beltran DH40000033.231.271.330.601-1.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B30110001.329.360.488.8484.0
    B. McCann C40100003.278.369.417.7861.0
    A. Bregman 3B31100103.253.347.310.6573.0
    N. Aoki LF21100102.306.353.387.7403.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000011.273.385.545.930-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields, E. Andrus (6)
      • HR - M. Napoli (4)
      • RBI - M. Napoli (10), E. Andrus (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (5), C. Correa (5), Y. Gurriel (7)
      • RBI - G. Springer (15), J. Altuve (9), C. Correa 2 (10), Y. Gurriel (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Andrus (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus (6), J. Gallo (5), N. Mazara (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Aoki (3)
      • E - J. Altuve (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 0-3)6.03323202.951.009.0
      T. Barnette (BS, 1)0.13330006.489.00-6.0
      D. Alvarez1.22000200.001.202.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 0-3)6.0
      T. Barnette (BS, 1)0.1
      D. Alvarez1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers6.162221014.081.2616.0
      C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.20000201.960.0011.0
      M. Feliz0.10001002.003.00-1.0
      K. Giles (S, 7)0.20000004.090.007.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers6.1
      C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.2
      M. Feliz0.1
      K. Giles (S, 7)0.2
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Alvarez
      • HBP - A. Cashner 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 86-49, T. Barnette 14-6, D. Alvarez 25-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 10-7, T. Barnette 1-0, D. Alvarez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, T. Barnette 4, D. Alvarez 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 105-62, C. Devenski 24-15, M. Feliz 15-6, K. Giles 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-1, C. Devenski 1-2, M. Feliz 1-1, K. Giles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 25, C. Devenski 5, M. Feliz 3, K. Giles
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields LF40100021.257.366.286.6521.0
      S. Choo DH40000022.260.374.416.789-1.0
      C. Gomez CF40000031.235.321.439.760-1.5
      R. Odor 2B40000010.188.234.356.590-0.5
      M. Napoli 1B42211011.161.235.323.5587.5
      J. Gallo 3B30000121.205.327.530.8570.0
      E. Andrus SS30210102.286.320.459.7804.0
      N. Mazara RF30100011.232.283.384.6670.5
      J. Lucroy C20000101.200.246.277.5231.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF-RF50210003.239.300.489.7893.0
        J. Reddick RF-LF51000005.278.314.392.7061.0
        J. Altuve 2B32110002.326.406.478.8848.0
        C. Correa SS31120100.236.317.360.6766.0
        C. Beltran DH40000033.231.271.330.601-1.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B30110001.329.360.488.8484.0
        B. McCann C40100003.278.369.417.7861.0
        A. Bregman 3B31100103.253.347.310.6573.0
        N. Aoki LF21100102.306.353.387.7403.0
        J. Marisnick CF10000011.273.385.545.930-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - D. DeShields, E. Andrus (6)
          • HR - M. Napoli (4)
          • RBI - M. Napoli (10), E. Andrus (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (5), C. Correa (5), Y. Gurriel (7)
          • RBI - G. Springer (15), J. Altuve (9), C. Correa 2 (10), Y. Gurriel (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - E. Andrus (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Altuve (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Andrus (6), J. Gallo (5), N. Mazara (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Aoki (3)
          • E - J. Altuve (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cashner (L, 0-3)6.03323202.951.009.0
          T. Barnette (BS, 1)0.13330006.489.00-6.0
          D. Alvarez1.22000200.001.202.0
          Total8.0865340---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cashner (L, 0-3)6.0
          T. Barnette (BS, 1)0.1
          D. Alvarez1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers6.162221014.081.2616.0
          C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.20000201.960.0011.0
          M. Feliz0.10001002.003.00-1.0
          K. Giles (S, 7)0.20000004.090.007.0
          Total9.06223121---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers6.1
          C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.2
          M. Feliz0.1
          K. Giles (S, 7)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Alvarez
          • HBP - A. Cashner 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 86-49, T. Barnette 14-6, D. Alvarez 25-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 10-7, T. Barnette 1-0, D. Alvarez 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, T. Barnette 4, D. Alvarez 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 105-62, C. Devenski 24-15, M. Feliz 15-6, K. Giles 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-1, C. Devenski 1-2, M. Feliz 1-1, K. Giles 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 25, C. Devenski 5, M. Feliz 3, K. Giles
          • 7TH INNING
            Gurriel doubled to left center, Correa scored26
            Correa doubled to left center, Reddick and Altuve scored25
            Altuve doubled to left, Aoki scored, Reddick to third23
            Springer reached on an infield single to second, Bregman scored22
          • 4TH INNING
            Napoli homered to center21
          • 2ND INNING
            Andrus doubled to left, Napoli scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Correa safe at first on right fielder Mazara fielding error, Altuve scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Feliz Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Napoli fouled out to first
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked, Odor to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to first, Gallo out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Alvarez Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman singled to right center
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on fielder's choice to third, Bregman out at second
            • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to deep left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mazara flied out to right
            • J. Lucroy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lucroy lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Aoki reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman to third, Aoki to second on shortstop Andrus fielding error
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to second, Bregman scored
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to second, Aoki to third, Springer out at second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Altuve doubled to left, Aoki scored, Reddick to third
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa doubled to left center, Reddick and Altuve scored
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Correa to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel doubled to left center, Correa scored
            • B. McCann: Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Odor lined out to third
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gurriel grounded out to third, Correa to second
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aoki walked
            • G. Springer: Springer singled to right, Aoki to second
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick flied out to right
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into double play third to first, Aoki out at third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • M. Napoli: Napoli homered to center
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus singled to center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Andrus caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Beltran flied out to deep right
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel safe at first on 3rd baseman Gallo fielding error
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann lined out to right
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields doubled to left center
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher, DeShields to third
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third
            • C. Correa: Foul, Correa grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor grounded out to second
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Napoli singled to left
            • J. Gallo: Gallo grounded out to second, Napoli to second
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus doubled to left, Napoli scored
            • N. Mazara: Mazara singled to left, Andrus out at home
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel hit by pitch
            • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, McCann singled to deep right, Gurriel to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gurriel out at home, McCann to second
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Aoki reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, McCann to third, Bregman out at second
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve hit by pitch
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Altuve stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa safe at first on right fielder Mazara fielding error, Altuve scored
            • C. Beltran: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)