Astros use big 6th for 4-1 win, sweep Mets in doubleheader

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros entered Saturday hoping to provide some cheer to a city ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in their first games at home since the storm.

They left the ballpark feeling encouraged after sweeping a day-night doubleheader over the New York Mets in front of a combined crowd of more than 60,000 fans in the first professional sporting event in the city since the storm.

''It was a long day but a productive day for us,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We played pretty well with high energy and a lot of emotion ... couldn't have really scripted a better day.''

The Astros won the first game 12-8 behind George Springer's career-high 30th home run. Springer had three hits and Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez added RBI singles in a four-run sixth inning as Houston got a 4-1 win in the second game.

''The fact that they came out today to support us, it's crazy,'' Springer said. ''There's thousands of people that don't have homes, they don't have belongings and they're rallying around us. It's our job as the sports team here to do anything we can. The goal is to provide anybody with some sense of relief.''

In the nightcap, Reddick tied it at 1 with an RBI single off Seth Lugo (5-4) with no outs in the sixth before Jose Altuve avoided Kevin Plawecki's tag at home to score on a single by Gonzalez.

The Astros extended the lead to 3-1 when Reddick scored on a groundout by Brian McCann, and Houston added another run on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Davis.

Joe Musgrove (7-8) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save.

Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores fouled a ball off his face in the fourth inning and manager Terry Collins said preliminary reports are that he has a broken nose, but that they would know more on Sunday.

A crowd of 30,319 attended the doubleheader opener, and 34,904 came out for the second game. The Astros moved a home series earlier this week against rival Texas to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The AL West leaders, who lost two of three to the Rangers, then postponed Friday's game by a day, allowing players time to work in the community.

It was the first doubleheader in Minute Maid Park history and the first in Houston since the Astros won both games against the Marlins on Aug. 27, 1999, at the Astrodome.

The Mets took the lead in the sixth when Juan Lagares tripled to start the inning and Asdrubal Cabrera walked before starter Brad Peacock was replaced by Francisco Liriano with one out. He was greeted with a double by Dominic Smith that scored Lagares.

Gonzalez made a dazzling defensive play in the eighth when he dived to snag a grounder by Brandon Nimmo and tossed it to first for the third out while sitting on the grass.

The Astros wore patches on the upper left side of their jerseys with the team logo and the word ''STRONG'' in block letters as a tribute to those affected by the storm. As Springer approached home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the second inning, he pounded the patch three times with his right fist and pointed to the fans.

Collins was glad to be able to help the city take a break from all the problems that have come with the storm.

''If we can bring a distraction to what the town's going through, certainly we're up for it. We've been through it before obviously in our city,'' Collins said, referring to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. ''We know what the feeling is like. Tough atmosphere to play in when you're a visitor.''

In the first game, Matt Harvey (4-4) was pounded for seven runs and eight hits in a career-low two innings as Houston romped to a 7-0 lead. Harvey had not pitched for the Mets since June 14 because of a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.

Altuve had an RBI single and Gonzalez hit a two-run single, then scored on Cameron Maybin's single as Houston built a four-run lead in the 37-pitch first inning. Maybin was claimed on waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Springer hit a two-run homer in the second, when Harvey threw a run-scoring wild pitch. Davis added a homer to start the fifth.

Smith hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Flores hit his fourth career grand slam, a drive off Will Harris.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard, who has not pitched for the Mets since April 30 because of a torn lat muscle, allowed two unearned runs and two hits in an inning for the rookie level Gulf Coast Mets. He threw 13 of 18 pitches for strikes, and struck out two.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa is expected to be activated from the DL on Sunday. Correa has been out since July 18 after surgery on his left thumb. ... 3B Colin Moran, recovering from facial fractures sustained when he fouled a ball off his face on July 22, is to start a rehab assignment at Class-A Quad City soon.

VERLANDER ARRIVES

Justin Verlander arrived in Houston on Saturday and threw a bullpen session between the games. The right-hander, who was acquired in a trade with the Tigers on Thursday night, received a standing ovation when he was introduced and shown on the big screen in the middle of the fourth inning.

AOKI JOINS METS

OF Nori Aoki agreed to a contract with the Mets on Saturday and made his debut with the team in the second game when he played right field and hit leadoff. Aoki had a $5.5 million, one-year contract and was released Tuesday by Toronto. The Mets pay just a prorated share of the $535,000 major league minimum, which comes to $87,705. Aoki hit .274 with 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBIs in 83 games for Houston and Toronto, which acquired the 35-year-old in July as part of the trade sending pitcher Francisco Liriano to the Astros.

UP NEXT

RHP Mike Fiers (8-9) is to start Sunday's series finale for Houston against Mets RHP Chris Flexen (3-3).

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AP freelancer Joshua Koch contributed to this report.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (7-8)L: S. Lugo (5-4)S: K. Giles (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Aoki RF5010-002.272.317.397.000-
J. Lagares CF41100021.256.297.372.6693.0
A. Cabrera DH20000221.259.334.401.7351.0
W. Flores 3B10100000.271.307.488.7951.0
c- A. Rosario SS30100013.252.273.439.7120.5
D. Smith 1B40110002.187.215.373.5893.0
K. Plawecki C40000004.220.298.340.6380.0
B. Nimmo LF10000201.244.375.326.7013.0
G. Cecchini 2B40000026.231.268.308.576-1.0
M. Reynolds 3B40100000.222.292.309.6011.0
  • c-singled for Flores in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF40300010.296.373.548.9222.5
A. Bregman SS41100012.286.360.479.8391.5
J. Altuve DH31100121.358.417.568.9842.0
J. Reddick RF41210012.308.351.474.8254.5
M. Gonzalez 2B41210001.294.365.523.8898.0
B. McCann C30010003.239.320.411.7302.0
J. Davis 3B30010003.235.298.490.7881.0
T. White 1B20000110.281.333.594.9270.5
D. Fisher LF30000022.219.322.371.694-1.0
C. Maybin LF00000000.235.332.349.6810.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Smith (2)
    • 3B - J. Lagares (2)
    • RBI - D. Smith (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Reddick (28)
    • SF - J. Davis
    • RBI - J. Reddick (69), M. Gonzalez (76), B. McCann (54), J. Davis (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Gonzalez 2 (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. Smith (13), G. Cecchini (3), M. Reynolds (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Bregman (39), M. Gonzalez (48), T. White (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Lugo (L, 5-4)5.08442605.001.44-1.0
    H. Robles2.01000104.081.295.5
    J. Blevins0.20000102.811.300.5
    C. Bradford0.10000003.911.220.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Lugo (L, 5-4)5.0
    H. Robles2.0
    J. Blevins0.2
    C. Bradford0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Peacock5.13113403.051.2610.0
    F. Liriano0.11001005.891.69-2.0
    J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)2.12000205.011.3612.0
    K. Giles (S, 28)1.00000102.390.9710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Peacock5.1
    F. Liriano0.1
    J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)2.1
    K. Giles (S, 28)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 75-48, H. Robles 33-23, J. Blevins 19-12, C. Bradford 3-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 2-5, H. Robles 2-3, C. Bradford 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 23, H. Robles 7, J. Blevins 3, C. Bradford
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 100-64, F. Liriano 12-5, J. Musgrove 37-23, K. Giles 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 9-2, J. Musgrove 2-3
    • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, F. Liriano 3, J. Musgrove 9, K. Giles 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    N. Aoki RF5010-002.272.317.397.000-
    J. Lagares CF41100021.256.297.372.6693.0
    A. Cabrera DH20000221.259.334.401.7351.0
    W. Flores 3B10100000.271.307.488.7951.0
    c- A. Rosario SS30100013.252.273.439.7120.5
    D. Smith 1B40110002.187.215.373.5893.0
    K. Plawecki C40000004.220.298.340.6380.0
    B. Nimmo LF10000201.244.375.326.7013.0
    G. Cecchini 2B40000026.231.268.308.576-1.0
    M. Reynolds 3B40100000.222.292.309.6011.0
    Total2715104718-----
    • c-singled for Flores in the 4th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40300010.296.373.548.9222.5
    A. Bregman SS41100012.286.360.479.8391.5
    J. Altuve DH31100121.358.417.568.9842.0
    J. Reddick RF41210012.308.351.474.8254.5
    M. Gonzalez 2B41210001.294.365.523.8898.0
    B. McCann C30010003.239.320.411.7302.0
    J. Davis 3B30010003.235.298.490.7881.0
    T. White 1B20000110.281.333.594.9270.5
    D. Fisher LF30000022.219.322.371.694-1.0
    C. Maybin LF00000000.235.332.349.6810.0
    Total3049402814-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Smith (2)
      • 3B - J. Lagares (2)
      • RBI - D. Smith (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (28)
      • SF - J. Davis
      • RBI - J. Reddick (69), M. Gonzalez (76), B. McCann (54), J. Davis (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Gonzalez 2 (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Smith (13), G. Cecchini (3), M. Reynolds (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Bregman (39), M. Gonzalez (48), T. White (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Lugo (L, 5-4)5.08442605.001.44-1.0
      H. Robles2.01000104.081.295.5
      J. Blevins0.20000102.811.300.5
      C. Bradford0.10000003.911.220.0
      Total8.0944280---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Lugo (L, 5-4)5.0
      H. Robles2.0
      J. Blevins0.2
      C. Bradford0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock5.13113403.051.2610.0
      F. Liriano0.11001005.891.69-2.0
      J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)2.12000205.011.3612.0
      K. Giles (S, 28)1.00000102.390.9710.5
      Total9.0611470---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock5.1
      F. Liriano0.1
      J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)2.1
      K. Giles (S, 28)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 75-48, H. Robles 33-23, J. Blevins 19-12, C. Bradford 3-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 2-5, H. Robles 2-3, C. Bradford 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 23, H. Robles 7, J. Blevins 3, C. Bradford
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 100-64, F. Liriano 12-5, J. Musgrove 37-23, K. Giles 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 9-2, J. Musgrove 2-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, F. Liriano 3, J. Musgrove 9, K. Giles 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Gonzalez scored14
        McCann grounded out to third, Reddick scored, Gonzalez to third13
        Gonzalez singled to shallow right, Altuve scored, Reddick to third12
        Reddick singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, Altuve to second11
        Smith doubled to center, Lagares scored, Cabrera to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Joe Musgrove
        • Cameron Maybin in left
        • G. Cecchini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cecchini struck out swinging
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reynolds flied out to right
        • N. Aoki: Strike swinging, Foul, Aoki lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Musgrove Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario reached on an infield single to third
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith flied out to deep right
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Plawecki flied out to deep center
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jerry Blevins relieved Hansel Robles
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez fouled out to shortstop
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann hit by pitch
        • Chasen Bradford relieved Jerry Blevins
        • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCann out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Musgrove Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aoki reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Lagares: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Lagares struck out on foul tip
        • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Robles Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Fisher grounded out to first
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Lagares tripled to deep center
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Brad Peacock
        • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith doubled to center, Lagares scored, Cabrera to third
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Plawecki lined out to third
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
        • Joe Musgrove relieved Francisco Liriano
        • G. Cecchini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cecchini fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bregman singled to shallow center
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked, Bregman to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, Altuve to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to shallow right, Altuve scored, Reddick to third
        • Hansel Robles relieved Seth Lugo
        • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, McCann grounded out to third, Reddick scored, Gonzalez to third
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Gonzalez scored
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, White lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to third
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch
        • G. Cecchini: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cecchini fouled out to first
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to shallow left center, Nimmo to second
        • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Aoki grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer reached on an infield single to first, Springer out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul
        • Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cabrera out at second
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick doubled to deep right center
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez popped bunt out to pitcher
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to left, Reddick to third
        • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Aoki grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lagares struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman flied out to left
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores singled to shallow right
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores to second on wild pitch, Smith grounded out to shortstop, Flores to third
        • K. Plawecki: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo walked
        • G. Cecchini: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cecchini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
        • B. McCann: Foul, McCann fouled out to shortstop
        • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Davis flied out to deep right
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gonzalez stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, White walked
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez stole third, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Aoki grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lagares lined out to center
        • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to shallow center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bregman struck out on foul tip
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to shallow left, Springer to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)