Dallas Keuchel earns 7th win as Astros beat Marlins 12-2

MIAMI (AP) The Houston Astros are playing so well they needed unbeaten ace Dallas Keuchel for only five innings Tuesday night.

The left-hander became the first seven-game winner in the majors despite his shortest outing this season, and Houston beat the sinking Miami Marlins 12-2.

Keuchel (7-0) threw only 70 pitches before departing with a 10-2 lead achieved in part thanks to a pair of two-run homers by Jake Marisnick .

''I don't like to pitch five innings,'' Keuchel said, ''but if there's a big lead and I've got a chance to get a win, I'll take that. I'm on pace for a lot of innings, so today was a good chance to save a few bullets.''

Keuchel is known to argue when he's taken out of games, but this time he offered little protest, manager A.J. Hinch said.

''He always wants to pitch, but he understands,'' Hinch said. ''He's on board with what we're doing, and we have the big picture in mind when we do stuff like this.''

The big picture is rosy for the Astros (28-12), who own the best record in the majors and have won six series in a row.

The last-place Marlins (14-24) are headed the other way, losing 16 of 20. They're 1-7 on their homestand going into Wednesday's finale.

''You're tired of these kind of games,'' manager Don Mattingly said.

Tom Koehler (1-2) gave up eight runs in three innings and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the game. He won 30 games from 2014-16 but has an ERA of 7.04 this year.

''I've thrown a lot of innings in the big leagues and I've had success,'' Koehler said. ''But this wasn't getting it done. ... I'm just going to make sure everything's right, work on my delivery, and get back to what was making me successful in the past. And try to make this stint as short as possible.''

Marisnick led the Astros' 14-hit attack and tripled his season RBI total to six. Both of his homers caromed off the home run sculpture at Marlins Park.

''I wasn't aiming for it,'' he said.

Marisnick also hit his first double of the year and acknowledged some satisfaction in having a good game against the team that traded him in 2014.

''It was a pretty cool feeling,'' he said.

Brian McCann also had four RBIs .

Keuchel allowed two runs, increasing his ERA to 1.84. Two infield hits, a wild pitch and two errors - one by Keuchel - helped the Marlins score twice in the first.

Keuchel's description of the inning?

''As colorful as Miami,'' he said. ''Luckily, I settled down and made some good pitches.''

Miami went hitless for the final 6 2/3 innings against Keuchel and two relievers, and totaled just four hits.

The Astros used five singles to score three times in the first inning. Koehler issued three consecutive two-out walks in the second, and McCann hit the next pitch for a three-run double.

The Astros' run total was a season high. They rank second in the AL in runs.

''Pretty impressive,'' Hinch said. ''We kept coming at them and coming at them. We hit and hit and hit.''

GLOVE WORK

Keuchel made a throwing error in the first but also helped himself with the glove . He leads the majors in groundball outs, and the three-time Gold Glove winner had a fielding role in seven of the 15 outs he recorded. He had six assists, all on plays scored 1-3, and added a putout scored 4-1.

MARLINS MOVE

The Marlins claimed INF Christian Colon off waivers from the Royals and designated INF Steve Lombardozzi for assignment. Colon is a .263 hitter in 125 games over the past four years.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve had a hit, two walks and scored twice one night after being hit by a pitch on the left hand.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (bruised right arm) said he's optimistic he'll make his next start as scheduled. He was hit by a line drive Monday and left the game after five innings. ... LHP Wei-Yin Chen (tired arm) underwent an MRI and the team was awaiting results. He's expected to be shut down for at least two weeks.

UP NEXT

The Astros will try for their first three-game sweep of the season Wednesday afternoon when RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.98 ERA) starts against RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 1.98).

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  • W: D. Keuchel (7-0)L: T. Koehler (1-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Marisnick 2 (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reddick RF61210001.297.345.477.8224.0
C. Beltran LF31000101.248.288.380.6672.0
M. Feliz P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Sipp P10000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Altuve 2B22100200.295.373.459.8325.0
a- A. Bregman PH-2B10000000.258.340.356.6960.0
C. Correa SS42210120.294.376.469.8445.0
B. McCann C50240002.276.369.467.8367.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51100005.289.324.422.7452.0
M. Gonzalez 3B42210111.287.388.6211.0095.5
J. Marisnick CF53342023.271.340.542.88116.0
D. Keuchel P30000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
N. Aoki LF20100011.279.337.349.6860.5
  • a-grounded out for Altuve in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B41100000.255.305.314.6192.0
J. Realmuto C-1B41210000.310.350.442.7924.0
C. Yelich CF30000032.279.331.401.733-1.5
A. Ellis C10000000.133.235.133.3690.0
M. Ozuna LF20100101.317.391.592.9832.0
D. Dietrich 3B10000000.232.357.341.6990.0
G. Stanton RF30010012.253.325.521.8460.5
D. McGowan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Bour PH10000000.254.345.484.8290.0
T. Moore 1B-LF40000013.263.263.474.737-0.5
M. Aviles 3B-RF30000111.000.286.000.2860.5
J. Riddle SS30000031.179.167.321.488-1.5
T. Koehler P10000000.071.071.071.1430.0
N. Wittgren P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- I. Suzuki PH-CF10000001.174.224.283.5070.0
  • a-popped out for Phelps in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. McCann (2), J. Marisnick
  • HR - J. Marisnick 2 (4)
  • RBI - J. Reddick (18), C. Correa (23), B. McCann 4 (25), M. Gonzalez (24), J. Marisnick 4 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick (6), B. McCann 3 (7), M. Gonzalez (10)
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (16), G. Stanton (27)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Gurriel 2 (5), D. Keuchel (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Riddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 7-0)5.04220401.840.8018.0
M. Feliz1.10002201.691.502.0
T. Sipp2.20000303.380.007.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 7-0)5.0
M. Feliz1.1
T. Sipp2.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Koehler (L, 1-2)3.07884317.043.67-13.5
N. Wittgren2.23221114.111.500.5
J. Garcia1.12110203.001.501.0
D. McGowan1.00000104.350.003.5
D. Phelps1.02100204.052.002.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Koehler (L, 1-2)3.0
N. Wittgren2.2
J. Garcia1.1
D. McGowan1.0
D. Phelps1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 70-48, M. Feliz 22-11, T. Sipp 34-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-0, M. Feliz 2-0, T. Sipp 2-4
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 19, M. Feliz 6, T. Sipp 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Koehler 83-45, N. Wittgren 48-31, J. Garcia 17-12, D. McGowan 13-8, D. Phelps 25-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Koehler 1-5, N. Wittgren 3-4, J. Garcia 2-0, D. McGowan 2-0, D. Phelps 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Koehler 20, N. Wittgren 12, J. Garcia 6, D. McGowan 3, D. Phelps 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Reddick RF61210001.297.345.477.8224.0
C. Beltran LF31000101.248.288.380.6672.0
M. Feliz P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Sipp P10000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Altuve 2B22100200.295.373.459.8325.0
a- A. Bregman PH-2B10000000.258.340.356.6960.0
C. Correa SS42210120.294.376.469.8445.0
B. McCann C50240002.276.369.467.8367.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51100005.289.324.422.7452.0
M. Gonzalez 3B42210111.287.388.6211.0095.5
J. Marisnick CF53342023.271.340.542.88116.0
D. Keuchel P30000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
N. Aoki LF20100011.279.337.349.6860.5
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  • a-grounded out for Altuve in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B41100000.255.305.314.6192.0
J. Realmuto C-1B41210000.310.350.442.7924.0
C. Yelich CF30000032.279.331.401.733-1.5
A. Ellis C10000000.133.235.133.3690.0
M. Ozuna LF20100101.317.391.592.9832.0
D. Dietrich 3B10000000.232.357.341.6990.0
G. Stanton RF30010012.253.325.521.8460.5
D. McGowan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Bour PH10000000.254.345.484.8290.0
T. Moore 1B-LF40000013.263.263.474.737-0.5
M. Aviles 3B-RF30000111.000.286.000.2860.5
J. Riddle SS30000031.179.167.321.488-1.5
T. Koehler P10000000.071.071.071.1430.0
N. Wittgren P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- I. Suzuki PH-CF10000001.174.224.283.5070.0
Total3224202911-----
  • a-popped out for Phelps in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. McCann (2), J. Marisnick
  • HR - J. Marisnick 2 (4)
  • RBI - J. Reddick (18), C. Correa (23), B. McCann 4 (25), M. Gonzalez (24), J. Marisnick 4 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick (6), B. McCann 3 (7), M. Gonzalez (10)
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (16), G. Stanton (27)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Gurriel 2 (5), D. Keuchel (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Riddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 7-0)5.04220401.840.8018.0
M. Feliz1.10002201.691.502.0
T. Sipp2.20000303.380.007.5
Total9.0422290---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 7-0)5.0
M. Feliz1.1
T. Sipp2.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Koehler (L, 1-2)3.07884317.043.67-13.5
N. Wittgren2.23221114.111.500.5
J. Garcia1.12110203.001.501.0
D. McGowan1.00000104.350.003.5
D. Phelps1.02100204.052.002.0
Total9.0141211592---
PITCHERSIP
T. Koehler (L, 1-2)3.0
N. Wittgren2.2
J. Garcia1.1
D. McGowan1.0
D. Phelps1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 70-48, M. Feliz 22-11, T. Sipp 34-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-0, M. Feliz 2-0, T. Sipp 2-4
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 19, M. Feliz 6, T. Sipp 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Koehler 83-45, N. Wittgren 48-31, J. Garcia 17-12, D. McGowan 13-8, D. Phelps 25-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Koehler 1-5, N. Wittgren 3-4, J. Garcia 2-0, D. McGowan 2-0, D. Phelps 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Koehler 20, N. Wittgren 12, J. Garcia 6, D. McGowan 3, D. Phelps 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Reddick safe at first on shortstop Riddle fielding error, Gurriel scored, Aoki to second122
  • 7TH INNING
    Reddick singled to center, Marisnick scored112
  • 5TH INNING
    Marisnick homered to center, Gonzalez scored102
  • 3RD INNING
    Marisnick homered to center, Gonzalez scored82
  • 2ND INNING
    McCann doubled to deep right center, Beltran, Altuve and Correa scored62
  • 1ST INNING
    Stanton reached on fielder's choice to first, Realmuto scored, Ozuna to second on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error32
    Realmuto singled to left, Gordon scored31
    Gonzalez singled to center, Correa scored, McCann to second30
    McCann singled to right center, Altuve scored, Correa to third20
    Correa singled to left center, Reddick scored, Altuve to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Phelps Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
    • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Aoki singled to center, Gurriel to third
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick safe at first on shortstop Riddle fielding error, Gurriel scored, Aoki to second
    • T. Sipp: Ball, Sipp flied out to shallow
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • T. Sipp Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich flied out to left
    • J. Bour: Bour safe at first on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error
    • T. Moore: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
    • M. Aviles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aviles struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. McGowan Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Correa struck out on foul tip
    • B. McCann: McCann grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Sipp Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to right
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Foul, Ellis lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • J. Marisnick: Marisnick doubled to left center
    • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick singled to center, Marisnick scored
    • M. Feliz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Feliz struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Feliz Pitching:
    • T. Moore: Strike swinging, Moore grounded out to third
    • M. Aviles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aviles walked
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • J. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beltran flied out to left
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
    • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Correa singled to left, Altuve to second
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, McCann flied out to shallow left
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Feliz Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel fouled out to catcher
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick homered to center, Gonzalez scored
    • D. Keuchel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Keuchel grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • N. Wittgren: Strike looking, Ball, Wittgren grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gordon grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Moore: Moore grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Aviles: Ball, Strike looking, Aviles grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Koehler Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • J. Marisnick: Marisnick homered to center, Gonzalez scored
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep left
    • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Beltran lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto singled to center
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Koehler Pitching:
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Keuchel struck out looking
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
    • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beltran walked
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Beltran to second
    • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Beltran to third, Altuve to second
    • B. McCann: McCann doubled to deep right center, Beltran, Altuve and Correa scored
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • M. Aviles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aviles grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • T. Koehler: Ball, Foul, Koehler grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Koehler Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right center
    • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to deep center
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve singled to right, Reddick to third
    • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Correa singled to left center, Reddick scored, Altuve to third
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, McCann singled to right center, Altuve scored, Correa to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel flied out to left
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center, Correa scored, McCann to second
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gordon to third on Keuchel fielding error
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto singled to left, Gordon scored
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Yelich struck out on foul tip
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop, Realmuto to third
    • G. Stanton: Stanton reached on fielder's choice to first, Realmuto scored, Ozuna to second on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error
    • T. Moore: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moore grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Stanton out at second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)