McCullers solid in return as Astros top Mariners 5-2

SEATTLE (AP) Lance McCullers felt really good about his first game back off the disabled list - although it took him a while to get used to it.

The Astros right-hander pitched into the sixth inning, Josh Reddick homered and Brian McCann added a three-run double to lift Houston to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

McCullers (7-1), who had been sidelined with lower back discomfort, allowed one run on four hits in five-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked none in his first start since June 8.

''You just feel really, really fresh, so that's something to get used to,'' McCullers said. ''But, I got out there and just trusted Mac (catcher McCann), and tried to think about my mechanics more than how my arm was feeling. And, it's a positive thing that my arm was feeling good.''

Reddick staked the Astros to a 2-0 lead in the third with his eighth home run. George Springer singled to open and Reddick drove a 1-0 pitch from Sam Gaviglio (3-2) over the wall in center.

''I didn't think it had enough to get out, honesty,'' Reddick said. ''I was just trying to get George over to get Altuve a chance to drive him in. I got a fastball over the middle, didn't really try to pull it too much, tried to get to where I could drive it and fortunately it went out.''

McCann's seventh-inning double increased the lead to 5-1.

Seattle, which had won six straight, scored one in the ninth off Ken Giles on a double and three consecutive walks, but Carlos Ruiz struck out looking with the bases loaded.

The Mariners pulled to 2-1 in the sixth. Ruiz doubled to open and took third on Jean Segura's single, chasing McCullers. Ruiz scored on Robinson Cano's single through the right side, but Will Harris got Nelson Cruz to hit into an inning-ending double play.

In the seventh, Springer singled with one out and Reddick reached on catcher's interference. Carlos Correa's two-out single loaded the bases. McCann followed with a drive to right that Mitch Haniger briefly had in his glove on the diving attempt as he raced toward the line, but the ball popped free as he hit the ground.

''It just came out last minute - unfortunate,'' Haniger said. ''I thought I had a shot. I knew it was going to be close, but I didn't know if I was going to have to dive or not. I was just unable to bring it in.''

Gaviglio allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, but the Astros had runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings. He struck out three and walked three.

McCullers retired the first 12 hitters, striking out six, before Cruz beat out a single on his slow roller to third to open the fifth inning. Kyle Seager doubled to center, with Cruz holding at third, but McCullers worked out of trouble.

He struck out Haniger, Cruz was caught in a rundown on Jarrod Dyson's fielder's choice grounder to second, and Taylor Motter struck out.

''It was nice to see him come out pretty hot,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He was mid-90s from the very beginning, had a really good breaking ball. Cruised through his first few innings, never really got into any trouble. They put a couple good swings on him mid-game, but I don't think we could have asked for much more coming back from a long break.''

Reddick made a pair of sensational diving catches in left, robbing Segura to open the first inning, and preventing a run in seventh with his inning-ending grab of Motter's sinking liner with a runner on second.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 1B Marwin Gonzalez was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to right oblique tightness and was replaced by Yuli Gurriel. ''They came to me after batting practice and said he had a little bit of soreness in his side, oblique area, so it was a pretty decision to scratch him,'' Hinch said. ''We'll know more tomorrow, but it was easy to not play him tonight.''

ASTROS MOVES

After McCullers was activated from the 10-day DL, RHP Joe Musgrove, who allowed nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in Friday's 13-3 loss at Seattle, was optioned to Triple A Fresno. ... RHP Jordan Jankowski was recalled from Fresno. RHP Brad Peacock, originally scheduled to start Sunday, was placed on the paternity list.

UP NEXT

Astros: Rookie RHP Francis Martes (2-0, 5.02 ERA) starts the series finale at Safeco Field on four days' rest in place of Peacock. Martes has allowed four earned runs in 10 2/3 innings in his two starts.

Mariners: LHP Ariel Miranda (6-3, 4.04 ERA) makes his third start of the season against the Astros. Miranda has a 2.20 ERA in seven starts at Safeco Field, compared with 6.56 on the road.

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  • W: L. McCullers (7-1)L: S. Gaviglio (3-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Reddick (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF42200100.279.352.548.9005.0
J. Reddick LF42121001.295.352.493.8458.0
J. Altuve 2B50100013.320.393.525.9171.5
C. Correa SS41100111.305.383.520.9042.5
B. McCann C40130012.268.351.475.8264.5
C. Beltran DH20100200.242.295.431.7273.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40200013.279.307.437.7442.5
A. Bregman 3B40000014.247.326.409.735-0.5
J. Marisnick CF40000023.245.328.536.864-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS40100010.338.388.455.8420.5
    B. Gamel LF40000022.346.403.490.894-1.0
    R. Cano 2B40110000.278.336.470.8062.0
    N. Cruz DH41200012.295.379.519.8983.5
    K. Seager 3B40100011.257.332.414.7471.5
    M. Haniger RF30100122.318.432.543.9751.0
    J. Dyson CF30000103.249.327.364.6911.0
    T. Motter 1B30000013.204.265.363.628-0.5
    a- M. Zunino PH00010100.253.321.500.8212.0
    G. Heredia PR0000-000.279.336.376.000-
    C. Ruiz C41100033.209.316.343.6601.5
    • a-walked for Motter in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (21), B. McCann (8), Y. Gurriel (18)
    • HR - J. Reddick (8)
    • RBI - J. Reddick 2 (27), B. McCann 3 (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann 3 (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Cruz (16), K. Seager (18), C. Ruiz (6)
    • RBI - R. Cano (49), M. Zunino (34)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (22)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Ruiz
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers (W, 7-1)5.04110802.531.0421.0
    W. Harris (H, 15)1.01000102.030.842.5
    T. Sipp0.10000004.641.220.0
    L. Gregerson0.21000004.601.36-1.0
    C. Devenski1.00000102.470.803.5
    K. Giles1.01113103.681.16-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers (W, 7-1)5.0
    W. Harris (H, 15)1.0
    T. Sipp0.1
    L. Gregerson0.2
    C. Devenski1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gaviglio (L, 3-2)6.06223313.381.246.5
    T. Zych0.11110102.421.21-1.5
    M. Rzepczynski0.00100002.931.240.0
    S. Cishek0.22111204.501.17-3.0
    D. Altavilla2.00000105.791.466.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 76-51, W. Harris 7-6, T. Sipp 4-2, L. Gregerson 8-6, C. Devenski 20-16, K. Giles 28-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-2, W. Harris 1-0, T. Sipp 1-0, L. Gregerson 1-1, C. Devenski 2-0, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 19, W. Harris 3, T. Sipp, L. Gregerson 3, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 7
    PITCHING
    • IBB - S. Cishek
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-54, T. Zych 8-5, M. Rzepczynski 4-2, S. Cishek 20-11, D. Altavilla 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 7-7, D. Altavilla 2-3
    • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 26, T. Zych 2, M. Rzepczynski, S. Cishek 5, D. Altavilla 6
    • Balks - S. Gaviglio
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF42200100.279.352.548.9005.0
    J. Reddick LF42121001.295.352.493.8458.0
    J. Altuve 2B50100013.320.393.525.9171.5
    C. Correa SS41100111.305.383.520.9042.5
    B. McCann C40130012.268.351.475.8264.5
    C. Beltran DH20100200.242.295.431.7273.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40200013.279.307.437.7442.5
    A. Bregman 3B40000014.247.326.409.735-0.5
    J. Marisnick CF40000023.245.328.536.864-1.0
    Total3559514717-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS40100010.338.388.455.8420.5
      B. Gamel LF40000022.346.403.490.894-1.0
      R. Cano 2B40110000.278.336.470.8062.0
      N. Cruz DH41200012.295.379.519.8983.5
      K. Seager 3B40100011.257.332.414.7471.5
      M. Haniger RF30100122.318.432.543.9751.0
      J. Dyson CF30000103.249.327.364.6911.0
      T. Motter 1B30000013.204.265.363.628-0.5
      a- M. Zunino PH00010100.253.321.500.8212.0
      G. Heredia PR0000-000.279.336.376.000-
      C. Ruiz C41100033.209.316.343.6601.5
      Total33272031116-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Segura SS4
      B. Gamel LF4
      R. Cano 2B4
      N. Cruz DH4
      K. Seager 3B4
      M. Haniger RF3
      J. Dyson CF3
      T. Motter 1B3
      a- M. Zunino PH0
      G. Heredia PR0
      C. Ruiz C4
      Total33
      • a-walked for Motter in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (21), B. McCann (8), Y. Gurriel (18)
      • HR - J. Reddick (8)
      • RBI - J. Reddick 2 (27), B. McCann 3 (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann 3 (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (16), K. Seager (18), C. Ruiz (6)
      • RBI - R. Cano (49), M. Zunino (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (22)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Ruiz
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 7-1)5.04110802.531.0421.0
      W. Harris (H, 15)1.01000102.030.842.5
      T. Sipp0.10000004.641.220.0
      L. Gregerson0.21000004.601.36-1.0
      C. Devenski1.00000102.470.803.5
      K. Giles1.01113103.681.16-1.5
      Total9.07223110---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 7-1)5.0
      W. Harris (H, 15)1.0
      T. Sipp0.1
      L. Gregerson0.2
      C. Devenski1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-2)6.06223313.381.246.5
      T. Zych0.11110102.421.21-1.5
      M. Rzepczynski0.00100002.931.240.0
      S. Cishek0.22111204.501.17-3.0
      D. Altavilla2.00000105.791.466.5
      Total9.0954471---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-2)6.0
      T. Zych0.1
      M. Rzepczynski0.0
      S. Cishek0.2
      D. Altavilla2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 76-51, W. Harris 7-6, T. Sipp 4-2, L. Gregerson 8-6, C. Devenski 20-16, K. Giles 28-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-2, W. Harris 1-0, T. Sipp 1-0, L. Gregerson 1-1, C. Devenski 2-0, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 19, W. Harris 3, T. Sipp, L. Gregerson 3, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 7
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Cishek
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-54, T. Zych 8-5, M. Rzepczynski 4-2, S. Cishek 20-11, D. Altavilla 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 7-7, D. Altavilla 2-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 26, T. Zych 2, M. Rzepczynski, S. Cishek 5, D. Altavilla 6
      • Balks - S. Gaviglio
      • 9TH INNING
        Zunino walked, Cruz scored, Haniger to third, Dyson to second52
      • 7TH INNING
        McCann doubled to right, Springer, Reddick and Correa scored51
      • 6TH INNING
        Cano singled to right, Ruiz scored, Segura to third21
      • 3RD INNING
        Reddick homered to center, Springer scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Altavilla Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick fouled out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve popped out to second
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano flied out to deep left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz doubled to deep center
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to second, Cruz to third
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger walked
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dyson walked, Haniger to second
        • Mike Zunino hit for Taylor Motter
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked, Cruz scored, Haniger to third, Dyson to second
        • Guillermo Heredia ran for Mike Zunino
        • C. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Dan Altavilla relieved Steve Cishek
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Springer lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Devenski relieved Luke Gregerson
        • C. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Segura grounded out to third
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gamel grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tony Zych relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to left
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Tony Zych
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Reddick reached on catcher's interference, Springer to second on catcher Ruiz fielding error
        • Steve Cishek relieved Marc Rzepczynski
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa singled to right, Springer to third, Reddick to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann doubled to right, Springer, Reddick and Correa scored
        • C. Beltran: Beltran intentionally walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Tony Sipp relieved Will Harris
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Tony Sipp
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger singled to left
        • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded out to second, Haniger to second
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Motter lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCann fouled out to catcher
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beltran walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to deep center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • C. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ruiz doubled to deep center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Ruiz to third
        • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
        • B. Gamel: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Foul, Cano singled to right, Ruiz scored, Segura to third
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded into double play third to second to first, Cano out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to shallow left
        • C. Correa: Correa lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Seager doubled to deep center, Cruz to third
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Dyson reached on fielder's choice to second, Cruz out at home, Seager to third
        • T. Motter: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to catcher
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to right
        • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Springer to second on balk, Reddick homered to center, Springer scored
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: McCann grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
        • T. Motter: Motter grounded out to third
        • C. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Beltran singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Beltran to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman popped out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marisnick grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded out to pitcher, Springer to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Correa walked
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to left
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)