Gonzalez pinch-hit HR carries Astros to 8-4 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) The Houston Astros gasped, watched in dismay and jumped for joy in the span of a few minutes.

When the unusual sequence of events was complete, the American League's best ballclub was well on its way to another victory.

Marwin Gonzalez stepped in for injured Colin Moran and delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the sixth inning to propel Houston past the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 on Saturday night.

Moran fouled a ball off his left eye and had difficulty standing before being carted from the field with a towel pressed against his bloody face.

''It was a pretty scary incident,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''I go on the field and he's got blood on the face. Blood, it isn't generally seen in our sport.''

Moran was taken to a hospital, where he was ''evaluated for everything from a concussion to a fracture,'' Hinch said, adding that he expected the rookie to land on the disabled list.

After play resumed, Gonzalez ended a nine-pitch at-bat by driving a 2-2 offering from Darren O'Day (1-3) over the right-field wall and onto Eutaw Street. It was Houston's first pinch-hit homer of the season, and it capped a five-run uprising that wiped out Baltimore's 4-1 lead.

''The range of emotions goes to extreme thrill, for Marwin to come off the bench and work an at-bat,'' Hinch said.

As he headed to the plate, Gonzalez knew he had to turn his attention toward getting a hit off O'Day.

''That was a scary moment for us,'' Gonzalez said. ''I just focused to have a good at-bat, but I got a homer and that was even better for the team.''

O'Day also experienced an array of emotions - from bad to worse.

''I've had good friends who've had accidents like that and never knew if they were going to play again or didn't get to play again, so I hope he's OK,'' the pitcher said. ''But as a professional you've got to try and block that out.''

Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel homered for the Astros, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday. Houston has won eight straight over the Orioles spanning two seasons.

Astros right-hander Collin McHugh allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings in his season debut and Francis Martes (3-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief.

McHugh went 19-7 in 2015 and 13-10 last year before being diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis at spring training. He was shut down after one inning in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno on April 6, returned to the mound on June 30 and pitched in four games with Double-A Corpus Christi before being activated Saturday.

McHugh showed no ill effects from the layoff - until the fifth inning. After issuing a leadoff walk to Seth Smith, he got two quick outs before it started to rain. An instant later, Adam Jones drove a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats.

Manny Machado followed with a single and Jonathan Schoop chased McHugh with a shot that wasted no time clearing the left-field wall.

Gurriel shaved the margin with a two-run drive off Chris Tillman in the sixth, and Gonzalez completed the comeback.

''He fouled off some good pitches until he got a bad one,'' O'Day said.

NOT SELLING?

The Orioles vice president of baseball operations doesn't sound like he's going to be dealing away talent before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. ''We're going to see what we can do this week to help our ballclub,'' Dan Duquette told fans at the annual midseason ''State of the Orioles'' session.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: McHugh's activation from the disabled list forced RHP Joe Musgrove (4-8, 6.12 ERA) out of the rotation. After Houston scored two in the ninth, Musgrove worked a perfect bottom half.

Orioles: RHP Mike Wright (right shoulder bursitis) was activated from the 10-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) says he might be ready to return three games after his rehab assignment begins next Thursday. ''I can do everything. I'm just trying to build my arm strength up,'' Flaherty said Saturday.

UP NEXT

All-Star RHP Lance McCullers (7-2, 3.28 ERA) pitches for Houston on Sunday. He's 3-0 in three career starts against Baltimore with 29 strikeouts in 20 innings. The Orioles will counter with RHP Dylan Bundy (9-8, 4.18 ERA), the only member of the starting rotation with a winning record.

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  • W: F. Martes (3-0)L: D. O'Day (1-3)
  • HR: HOU - M. Gonzalez (18), A. Bregman (9), Y. Gurriel (13), BAL - A. Jones (18), J. Schoop (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF51200010.312.386.595.9812.5
J. Altuve 2B51200011.352.420.550.9702.5
J. Reddick LF51200003.305.352.495.8474.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51121025.298.326.502.8276.0
E. Gattis C51310012.292.349.512.8613.5
C. Beltran DH41110011.229.285.404.6892.5
A. Bregman SS41111014.262.346.423.7696.5
C. Moran 3B20100000.500.5001.3331.8331.0
a- M. Gonzalez PH-3B21231000.316.394.593.98710.0
J. Marisnick CF40000023.248.323.510.833-1.0
  • a-homered for Moran in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Jones CF41121000.266.308.451.7597.0
M. Machado 3B31100100.240.311.438.7493.0
J. Schoop 2B41121011.303.349.552.9016.5
C. Davis 1B40100020.215.307.458.7650.0
M. Trumbo DH40000032.247.310.415.725-1.5
T. Mancini LF40000000.300.345.519.8640.0
S. Smith RF11000200.263.340.461.8004.0
W. Castillo C40000033.269.310.426.736-1.5
R. Tejada SS30000002.264.319.322.6410.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Reddick (23), M. Gonzalez (16)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (13), A. Bregman (9), M. Gonzalez (18)
    • SF - C. Beltran (4)
    • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (51), E. Gattis (42), C. Beltran (39), A. Bregman (29), M. Gonzalez 3 (58)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez 3 (21)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Jones (18), J. Schoop (21)
    • RBI - A. Jones 2 (49), J. Schoop 2 (69)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Jones 2 (21), J. Schoop 2 (27)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Gattis
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Machado (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. McHugh4.24442427.711.294.0
    F. Martes (W, 3-0)2.10001204.111.2113.0
    L. Gregerson (H, 14)1.00000203.761.254.0
    J. Musgrove1.00000106.041.493.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. McHugh4.2
    F. Martes (W, 3-0)2.1
    L. Gregerson (H, 14)1.0
    J. Musgrove1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Tillman5.16330527.011.948.5
    D. O'Day (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.23330214.811.19-10.0
    M. Givens1.02000202.010.972.0
    D. Hart1.01000002.671.352.0
    B. Brach1.03210002.760.92-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Tillman5.1
    D. O'Day (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.2
    M. Givens1.0
    D. Hart1.0
    B. Brach1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. McHugh
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 77-46, F. Martes 35-19, L. Gregerson 12-9, J. Musgrove 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 2-8, F. Martes 2-3, J. Musgrove 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 21, F. Martes 8, L. Gregerson 3, J. Musgrove 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Tillman (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 86-52, D. O'Day 22-15, M. Givens 22-16, D. Hart 19-9, B. Brach 26-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 5-5, D. Hart 3-0, B. Brach 1-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 22, D. O'Day 5, M. Givens 5, D. Hart 4, B. Brach 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF51200010.312.386.595.9812.5
    J. Altuve 2B51200011.352.420.550.9702.5
    J. Reddick LF51200003.305.352.495.8474.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B51121025.298.326.502.8276.0
    E. Gattis C51310012.292.349.512.8613.5
    C. Beltran DH41110011.229.285.404.6892.5
    A. Bregman SS41111014.262.346.423.7696.5
    C. Moran 3B20100000.500.5001.3331.8331.0
    a- M. Gonzalez PH-3B21231000.316.394.593.98710.0
    J. Marisnick CF40000023.248.323.510.833-1.0
    Total41815830919-----
    • a-homered for Moran in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Jones CF41121000.266.308.451.7597.0
    M. Machado 3B31100100.240.311.438.7493.0
    J. Schoop 2B41121011.303.349.552.9016.5
    C. Davis 1B40100020.215.307.458.7650.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000032.247.310.415.725-1.5
    T. Mancini LF40000000.300.345.519.8640.0
    S. Smith RF11000200.263.340.461.8004.0
    W. Castillo C40000033.269.310.426.736-1.5
    R. Tejada SS30000002.264.319.322.6410.0
    Total314442398-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (23), M. Gonzalez (16)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (13), A. Bregman (9), M. Gonzalez (18)
      • SF - C. Beltran (4)
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (51), E. Gattis (42), C. Beltran (39), A. Bregman (29), M. Gonzalez 3 (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez 3 (21)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Jones (18), J. Schoop (21)
      • RBI - A. Jones 2 (49), J. Schoop 2 (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Jones 2 (21), J. Schoop 2 (27)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Gattis
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Machado (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. McHugh4.24442427.711.294.0
      F. Martes (W, 3-0)2.10001204.111.2113.0
      L. Gregerson (H, 14)1.00000203.761.254.0
      J. Musgrove1.00000106.041.493.5
      Total9.0444392---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. McHugh4.2
      F. Martes (W, 3-0)2.1
      L. Gregerson (H, 14)1.0
      J. Musgrove1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman5.16330527.011.948.5
      D. O'Day (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.23330214.811.19-10.0
      M. Givens1.02000202.010.972.0
      D. Hart1.01000002.671.352.0
      B. Brach1.03210002.760.92-1.0
      Total9.01587093---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman5.1
      D. O'Day (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.2
      M. Givens1.0
      D. Hart1.0
      B. Brach1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. McHugh
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 77-46, F. Martes 35-19, L. Gregerson 12-9, J. Musgrove 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 2-8, F. Martes 2-3, J. Musgrove 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 21, F. Martes 8, L. Gregerson 3, J. Musgrove 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Tillman (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 86-52, D. O'Day 22-15, M. Givens 22-16, D. Hart 19-9, B. Brach 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 5-5, D. Hart 3-0, B. Brach 1-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 22, D. O'Day 5, M. Givens 5, D. Hart 4, B. Brach 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Beltran hit sacrifice fly to center, Altuve scored84
        Gattis singled to left, Springer scored, Altuve to third, Gurriel to second74
      • 6TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right, Gattis and Beltran scored64
        Gurriel homered to right, Reddick scored34
      • 5TH INNING
        Schoop homered to left center, Machado scored14
        Jones homered to left, Smith scored12
        Bregman homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Brach relieved Donnie Hart
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Springer singled to right
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Altuve singled to center, Springer to second
        • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to third, Springer to third, Altuve to second on 3rd baseman Machado fielding error
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gattis singled to left, Springer scored, Altuve to third, Gurriel to second
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Beltran hit sacrifice fly to center, Altuve scored
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Joe Musgrove relieved Luke Gregerson
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to first
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Donnie Hart relieved Mychal Givens
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to right center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Francis Martes
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Schoop popped out to third
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Darren O'Day
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Springer to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gattis fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Martes Pitching:
        • R. Tejada: Ball, Strike looking, Tejada lined out to center
        • A. Jones: Ball, Jones flied out to shallow right
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Machado popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick doubled to left center
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel homered to right, Reddick scored
        • Darren O'Day relieved Chris Tillman
        • E. Gattis: Gattis singled to shallow left
        • C. Beltran: Beltran singled to shallow left, Gattis to second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • C. Moran: Foul
        • Gonzalez homered to right, Gattis and Beltran scored
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Martes Pitching:
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to second
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith walked
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Bregman homered to left center
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran grounded out to second
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • W. Castillo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • R. Tejada: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Tejada flied out to deep center
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones homered to left, Smith scored
        • M. Machado: Machado singled to right
        • J. Schoop: Schoop homered to left center, Machado scored
        • Francis Martes relieved Collin McHugh
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beltran grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis lined out to right
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Trumbo flied out to center
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer lined out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Reddick popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Jones flied out to left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Schoop grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Gattis singled to shallow center
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • C. Moran: Foul, Moran singled to center, Bregman to third
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Foul, Mancini flied out to deep center
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith hit by pitch
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • R. Tejada: Tejada flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer lined out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to left
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reddick flied out to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones popped out to second
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Davis singled to center, Machado to third
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)