Keuchel, Bregman lead Astros past Mariners, 6-2

SEATTLE (AP) Dallas Keuchel returning to form bodes well for the Houston Astros regaining their early season dominance.

Alex Bregman had a tiebreaking two-run double in Houston's four-run seventh inning and Keuchel pitched effectively into the eighth to lead the Astros to their fifth straight win, 6-2 over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Keuchel (12-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two in his longest outing since May 5. The left-hander started the season 9-0, but was 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in his seven previous starts since coming off the disabled list on July 28.

''I thought he was really good,'' said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. ''His ability on the ground was incredible. And even a couple of the hits early that he gave up the run on, the first run on, were ground balls. That's vintage Dallas. When he's good, he's throwing strikes, he's down in the zone, he challenges them with balls having to be put in play on the ground.''

Yuli Gurriel and Brian McCann had solo homers in the fifth for the Astros, and Josh Reddick added a two-run single in the seventh. Nelson Liriano finished the eighth inning and Ken Giles struck out the side in the ninth.

''You have to give credit to Keuchel, he was really good today,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''Fourteen outs on the ground. Double play balls certainly squashed a couple rallies we thought we got going. He's an accomplished left-handed starter with a good sinker, and he got it done against us.''

After starter Erasmo Ramirez limited the Astros to four hits, including the two homers, through six innings, Houston broke through against the bullpen.

Marwin Gonzalez singled and McCann walked against Marc Rzepcynski (2-1). Nick Vincent came on and Cameron Maybin advanced the runners with a bunt. George Springer was walked intentionally to load the bases and Bregman sliced an opposite-field double down the right-field line.

''They decided to walk Springer,'' Bregman said. ''He's been driving the ball. ... I was just fortunate enough to put a good swing on the ball and thankful to come through for my teammates.''

Jose Altuve was intentionally to reload the bases. Reddick's two-out single scored two more runs.

The Astros, who managed just two singles through four innings, erased a 1-0 deficit with two homers in the fifth. Gurriel opened with his 16th, sending a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left. After Gonzalez grounded out, McCann followed with his 14th.

Kyle Seager brought the Mariners even in the sixth with his 20th, a two-out solo shot to center - his sixth consecutive season of 20 or more homers.

First-inning singles by Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz and Seager staked the Mariners to a 1-0 lead.

Houston, which led the AL West by 16 games at the end of July, stumbled a bit through injuries to 11-17 in August, but are perfect so far in September.

Seattle, coming off a three-game sweep of Oakland, entered the day 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card spot.

MARINERS MOVES

Seattle claimed OF Jacob Hannemann and RHP Seth Frankoff off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday. RHP David Phelps (right elbow impingement) was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL and LHP Zac Curtis was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros:C Evan Gattis (right wrist soreness) and RHP Michael Feliz (right shoulder discomfort) could come off the DL this weekend at Oakland, Hinch said. ... OF Jake Marisnick (groin) could play Tuesday or Wednesday in Seattle.

Mariners: CF Jarrod Dyson (groin) is day to day, Servais said. ... RHP Felix Hernandez, on the 10-day DL (right shoulder bursitis),threw a 37-pitch bullpen session Monday. ''The bullpen today was much better than it was the last time,'' Servais said.

FIERS DROPPED FROM ROTATION

With the acquisition of RHP Justin Verlander and RHP Lance McCullers coming off the disabled list to start Wednesday, his first since July 30, RHP Mike Fiers is the odd man out and will be used out of the bullpen. Fiers, 8-9 with a 4.78 ERA in a team-high 27 starts, is 1-5 in his last eight starts, giving up 10 homers over that span. Fiers has allowed 31 homers, fourth most in the AL. ''I know he hasn't pitched as well as he can in his last five or six starts, there was a good start mixed in there, but he was a pro about it,'' Hinch said Monday. ''He understood, he's been in the league a long time, he's not naive. He said he'd give us his best effort out of the pen.''

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Verlander (10-8, 3.82) makes his much-anticipated Astros debut. The 34-year-old, who was the 2011 AL Cy Young winner and MVP, was acquired Friday just before the trade deadline. He was 183-114 in 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Verlander is 10-8 in 22 career starts against the Mariners, including 5-5 at Safeco Field.

Mariners: LHP Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.85 ERA) makes his team-leading 28th start for an injury-ravaged rotation. Miranda, who has won just once in his last 10 starts, has surrendered 35 home runs, most in the majors. In his last start, he was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings, including four homers.

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MarinersSEA69-69
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  • W: D. Keuchel (12-3)L: M. Rzepczynski (2-1)
  • HR: HOU - B. McCann (14), Y. Gurriel (16), SEA - K. Seager (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF41100103.295.374.550.9233.0
A. Bregman 3B51120014.287.358.478.8364.5
J. Altuve 2B40000110.354.415.561.9760.5
C. Correa SS50000023.315.396.556.951-1.0
J. Reddick LF40120100.310.353.473.8264.0
Y. Gurriel DH41211003.295.325.483.8087.0
M. Gonzalez 1B41200001.296.366.523.8903.0
B. McCann C22111210.241.325.421.7468.5
C. Maybin CF20000112.233.331.354.6850.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS41100003.306.357.424.7812.0
    M. Haniger RF40100021.262.350.449.7990.0
    R. Cano 2B40000012.276.335.459.794-0.5
    N. Cruz DH30100100.283.370.535.9052.0
    K. Seager 3B41221001.254.322.439.7618.0
    D. Valencia 1B30000002.262.313.418.7310.0
    a- B. Gamel PH10000010.278.330.396.726-0.5
    M. Zunino C40100030.239.318.497.815-0.5
    G. Heredia CF40100011.271.339.372.7110.5
    T. Motter LF20000100.203.269.346.6153.0
    • a-struck out for Valencia in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (32)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (16), B. McCann (14)
    • SH - C. Maybin
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (55), J. Reddick 2 (74), Y. Gurriel (63), B. McCann (55)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (29)
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Seager (20)
    • RBI - K. Seager 2 (71)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager 2 (22)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Motter (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez, J. Altuve
    • E - D. Keuchel (4)
    FIELDING
    • PB - M. Zunino (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Keuchel (W, 12-3)7.27222512.881.0922.5
    F. Liriano0.10000005.871.680.0
    K. Giles1.00000302.350.954.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Keuchel (W, 12-3)7.2
    F. Liriano0.1
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Ramirez6.04222524.351.1615.5
    M. Rzepczynski (L, 2-1)0.01221003.721.48-9.0
    N. Vincent0.22222102.161.03-5.5
    D. Altavilla1.11001005.001.531.0
    R. Garton1.00000007.501.503.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Liriano (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 108-67, F. Liriano 7-4, K. Giles 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 15-2, F. Liriano 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 31, F. Liriano, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Rzepczynski (2), D. Altavilla (7)
    • IBB - N. Vincent 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 96-56, M. Rzepczynski 11-5, N. Vincent 11-10, D. Altavilla 24-15, R. Garton 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 5-8, N. Vincent 1-0, R. Garton 1-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 24, M. Rzepczynski 2, N. Vincent 6, D. Altavilla 6, R. Garton 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MarinersSEA69-69
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF41100103.295.374.550.9233.0
    A. Bregman 3B51120014.287.358.478.8364.5
    J. Altuve 2B40000110.354.415.561.9760.5
    C. Correa SS50000023.315.396.556.951-1.0
    J. Reddick LF40120100.310.353.473.8264.0
    Y. Gurriel DH41211003.295.325.483.8087.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B41200001.296.366.523.8903.0
    B. McCann C22111210.241.325.421.7468.5
    C. Maybin CF20000112.233.331.354.6850.5
    Total3468626616-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS41100003.306.357.424.7812.0
      M. Haniger RF40100021.262.350.449.7990.0
      R. Cano 2B40000012.276.335.459.794-0.5
      N. Cruz DH30100100.283.370.535.9052.0
      K. Seager 3B41221001.254.322.439.7618.0
      D. Valencia 1B30000002.262.313.418.7310.0
      a- B. Gamel PH10000010.278.330.396.726-0.5
      M. Zunino C40100030.239.318.497.815-0.5
      G. Heredia CF40100011.271.339.372.7110.5
      T. Motter LF20000100.203.269.346.6153.0
      Total3327212810-----
      • a-struck out for Valencia in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (32)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (16), B. McCann (14)
      • SH - C. Maybin
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (55), J. Reddick 2 (74), Y. Gurriel (63), B. McCann (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (29)
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Seager (20)
      • RBI - K. Seager 2 (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager 2 (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Motter (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez, J. Altuve
      • E - D. Keuchel (4)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Zunino (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 12-3)7.27222512.881.0922.5
      F. Liriano0.10000005.871.680.0
      K. Giles1.00000302.350.954.5
      Total9.0722281---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 12-3)7.2
      F. Liriano0.1
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Ramirez6.04222524.351.1615.5
      M. Rzepczynski (L, 2-1)0.01221003.721.48-9.0
      N. Vincent0.22222102.161.03-5.5
      D. Altavilla1.11001005.001.531.0
      R. Garton1.00000007.501.503.0
      Total9.0866662---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Ramirez6.0
      M. Rzepczynski (L, 2-1)0.0
      N. Vincent0.2
      D. Altavilla1.1
      R. Garton1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Liriano (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 108-67, F. Liriano 7-4, K. Giles 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 15-2, F. Liriano 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 31, F. Liriano, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Rzepczynski (2), D. Altavilla (7)
      • IBB - N. Vincent 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 96-56, M. Rzepczynski 11-5, N. Vincent 11-10, D. Altavilla 24-15, R. Garton 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 5-8, N. Vincent 1-0, R. Garton 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 24, M. Rzepczynski 2, N. Vincent 6, D. Altavilla 6, R. Garton 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Reddick singled to left center, Springer and Bregman scored, Altuve to third, Reddick to second62
        Bregman doubled to right, Gonzalez and McCann scored, Springer to third42
      • 6TH INNING
        Seager homered to center22
      • 5TH INNING
        McCann homered to right center21
        Gurriel homered to left11
      • 1ST INNING
        Seager singled to right, Segura scored, Cruz to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Garton relieved Dan Altavilla
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Correa flied out to center
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Francisco Liriano
        • Ben Gamel hit for Danny Valencia
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Altavilla Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez singled to left center
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez to third, McCann to second on wild pitch, Maybin flied out to shallow center
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer popped out to catcher
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to left center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded into double play shortstop to first, Haniger out at second
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Dallas Keuchel
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Erasmo Ramirez
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
        • Nick Vincent relieved Marc Rzepczynski
        • C. Maybin: Foul, Maybin hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gonzalez to third, McCann to second
        • G. Springer: Springer intentionally walked
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman doubled to right, Gonzalez and McCann scored, Springer to third
        • J. Altuve: Altuve intentionally walked
        • C. Correa: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to left center, Springer and Bregman scored, Altuve to third, Reddick to second
        • Dan Altavilla relieved Nick Vincent
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Heredia singled to center
        • T. Motter: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Motter walked, Heredia to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Motter out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve lined out to center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Foul, Cano grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Seager homered to center
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Valencia lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel homered to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann homered to right center
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Springer fouled out to first
        • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bregman popped out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Motter grounded out to third
        • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to second
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Correa flied out to deep center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to second
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Zunino: Zunino singled to right center
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Springer singled to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick lined out to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel singled to left center
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Heredia grounded out to third
        • T. Motter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Motter safe at first on Keuchel fielding error
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Motter stole second, Segura grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Ramirez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Haniger struck out on foul tip
        • R. Cano: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz singled to left, Segura to second
        • K. Seager: Seager singled to right, Segura scored, Cruz to third
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Seager out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)