McCullers fans 10, Correa has 4 hits, Astros top Rangers 9-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Carlos Correa thinks Lance McCullers Jr. is headed for a big season. McCullers feels the same way about Correa.

McCullers struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, Correa hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Saturday.

''What I've seen from Lance in spring training is he's nasty, he's just filthy,'' Correa said. ''I really believe that if he stays healthy for the whole year, he can be in the conversation for a Cy Young Award.''

McCullers volleyed the compliment right back to the star shortstop.

''That was nice of him to say. The same goes for him. I think if it continues to click for him, he's MVP-caliber player, obviously,'' he said.

Correa and reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve each went 4 for 5 and scored twice for the World Series champions. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run homer, and Marwin Gonzalez also drove in two runs.

''As a team, we're taking a lot of pride in the pitches we swing at and the pitches we take,'' Correa said. ''I hope we can stay consistent with that.''

Manager A.J. Hinch was pleased with Houston's 14-hit offense.

''I think we can go from any position in the lineup and do some damage,'' he said. ''Obviously, Jake at the bottom. If we can continue to get production throughout the lineup, we'll be really hard to kick out of games.''

Elvis Andrus had two hits for Texas, including his first homer of the season. He scored each of the Rangers' three runs.

Matt Moore (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings in his Texas debut. The left-hander went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA last season with San Francisco.

Houston opened a 3-0 lead in the second. Evan Gattis led off with a double and scored when Brian McCann's popup fell in front of right fielder Nomar Mazara for a single. Marisnick followed with his second homer.

Doubles by Correa and Gonzalez produced another run in the third.

''It's a good first inning, good fourth inning,'' Moore said. ''So, I've got to be better with that, those middle innings.''

Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. George Springer hit an RBI double in the sixth, and Correa connected in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel, recovering from surgery on his left hand, had eight at-bats in a minor league spring training game. ''He'll do it again (Sunday) and again on Monday, and then we'll have to evaluate what Tuesday looks like,'' Hinch said. When Gurriel is ready to play, he'll serve a five-game suspension for a racially insensitive gesture during the 2017 World Series.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields went on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone and is expected to miss four to six weeks. ''Got to get (the bone) taken out and not worry about it anymore,'' DeShields said. ''I'm aiming for three (weeks).'' He will be examined by Dr. Thomas DiLiberti on Monday.

LOADING UP THE LINEUP

McCann was the only left-handed batter in Houston's lineup against Moore.

Hinch said Sunday's lineup is likely to be all right-handed, with Max Stassi replacing McCann against another lefty, Mike Minor. Last season, left-handers hit .163 against Minor.

UP NEXT

Astros: The four-game series concludes with RHP Gerrit Cole (12-12, 4.26 ERA last season for Pittsburgh) making his Houston debut.

Rangers: Minor (6-6, 2.55 in relief for Kansas City in 2017) is scheduled for his first major league start since 2014.

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TEX1-2
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  • W: L. McCullers (1-0)L: M. Moore (0-1)
  • HR: HOU - J. Marisnick (2), C. Correa (1), TEX - E. Andrus (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF40110120.250.357.583.9403.0
A. Bregman 3B50000003.091.231.182.4130.0
J. Altuve 2B52410000.545.538.5451.0847.0
D. Fisher LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Correa SS52421002.455.538.9091.44812.0
M. Gonzalez LF-2B30120112.222.385.333.7184.5
E. Gattis DH41100122.182.308.364.6713.0
J. Davis 1B50000024.000.143.000.143-1.0
B. McCann C42210112.375.444.375.8195.5
J. Marisnick CF52121014.222.222.8891.1117.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Andrus SS33211100.600.6671.0001.66710.0
    J. Gallo 1B40000032.167.167.250.417-1.5
    A. Beltre 3B30110010.364.364.545.9092.5
    J. Profar 3B00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
    N. Mazara RF40210011.300.417.6001.0172.5
    S. Choo DH30000114.364.417.455.8710.5
    R. Odor 2B40000012.111.182.111.293-0.5
    J. Centeno C40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    D. Robinson LF30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
    C. Tocci CF40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer, C. Correa (2), M. Gonzalez, E. Gattis (2)
      • HR - C. Correa, J. Marisnick (2)
      • SF - M. Gonzalez
      • RBI - G. Springer (2), J. Altuve (2), C. Correa 2 (3), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), B. McCann, J. Marisnick 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer, J. Altuve
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Beltre (2)
      • HR - E. Andrus
      • RBI - E. Andrus (2), A. Beltre, N. Mazara (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (2), N. Mazara
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 1-0)5.142211013.380.9420.0
      W. Harris0.20000100.000.000.5
      T. Sipp1.21112205.401.800.0
      C. McHugh1.10001000.000.752.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 1-0)5.1
      W. Harris0.2
      T. Sipp1.2
      C. McHugh1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Moore (L, 0-1)4.07440619.001.75-1.0
      N. Gardewine1.02110009.002.000.0
      J. Chavez2.043301113.502.00-0.5
      J. Diekman0.101121027.006.00-2.5
      J. Leclerc0.21000000.001.00-1.0
      M. Bush1.00002104.502.501.5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 91-60, W. Harris 7-5, T. Sipp 32-17, C. McHugh 21-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-1, T. Sipp 2-1, C. McHugh 2-2
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 21, W. Harris 2, T. Sipp 8, C. McHugh 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Moore 2 (2), M. Bush
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 85-53, N. Gardewine 14-12, J. Chavez 35-24, J. Diekman 13-5, J. Leclerc 16-8, M. Bush 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 3-3, N. Gardewine 1-2, J. Chavez 3-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Moore 19, N. Gardewine 5, J. Chavez 10, J. Diekman 3, J. Leclerc 3, M. Bush 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU2-1
      0310112109140
      TEX1-2
      001001010350
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF40110120.250.357.583.9403.0
      A. Bregman 3B50000003.091.231.182.4130.0
      J. Altuve 2B52410000.545.538.5451.0847.0
      D. Fisher LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      C. Correa SS52421002.455.538.9091.44812.0
      M. Gonzalez LF-2B30120112.222.385.333.7184.5
      E. Gattis DH41100122.182.308.364.6713.0
      J. Davis 1B50000024.000.143.000.143-1.0
      B. McCann C42210112.375.444.375.8195.5
      J. Marisnick CF52121014.222.222.8891.1117.5
      Total40914924919-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        E. Andrus SS33211100.600.6671.0001.66710.0
        J. Gallo 1B40000032.167.167.250.417-1.5
        A. Beltre 3B30110010.364.364.545.9092.5
        J. Profar 3B00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
        N. Mazara RF40210011.300.417.6001.0172.5
        S. Choo DH30000114.364.417.455.8710.5
        R. Odor 2B40000012.111.182.111.293-0.5
        J. Centeno C40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        D. Robinson LF30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
        C. Tocci CF40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
        Total32353141311-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Springer, C. Correa (2), M. Gonzalez, E. Gattis (2)
          • HR - C. Correa, J. Marisnick (2)
          • SF - M. Gonzalez
          • RBI - G. Springer (2), J. Altuve (2), C. Correa 2 (3), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), B. McCann, J. Marisnick 2 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer, J. Altuve
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Beltre (2)
          • HR - E. Andrus
          • RBI - E. Andrus (2), A. Beltre, N. Mazara (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (2), N. Mazara
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (W, 1-0)5.142211013.380.9420.0
          W. Harris0.20000100.000.000.5
          T. Sipp1.21112205.401.800.0
          C. McHugh1.10001000.000.752.0
          Total9.05334131---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (W, 1-0)5.1
          W. Harris0.2
          T. Sipp1.2
          C. McHugh1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Moore (L, 0-1)4.07440619.001.75-1.0
          N. Gardewine1.02110009.002.000.0
          J. Chavez2.043301113.502.00-0.5
          J. Diekman0.101121027.006.00-2.5
          J. Leclerc0.21000000.001.00-1.0
          M. Bush1.00002104.502.501.5
          Total9.01499492---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Moore (L, 0-1)4.0
          N. Gardewine1.0
          J. Chavez2.0
          J. Diekman0.1
          J. Leclerc0.2
          M. Bush1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 91-60, W. Harris 7-5, T. Sipp 32-17, C. McHugh 21-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-1, T. Sipp 2-1, C. McHugh 2-2
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 21, W. Harris 2, T. Sipp 8, C. McHugh 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Moore 2 (2), M. Bush
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 85-53, N. Gardewine 14-12, J. Chavez 35-24, J. Diekman 13-5, J. Leclerc 16-8, M. Bush 20-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 3-3, N. Gardewine 1-2, J. Chavez 3-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Moore 19, N. Gardewine 5, J. Chavez 10, J. Diekman 3, J. Leclerc 3, M. Bush 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Mazara singled to left, Andrus scored, Profar to second93
            Altuve singled to right center, McCann scored, Springer to third92
          • 7TH INNING
            Correa homered to left, Altuve scored82
          • 6TH INNING
            Beltre doubled to shallow left, Andrus scored62
            Springer doubled to deep left, Marisnick scored61
          • 5TH INNING
            Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Altuve scored51
          • 3RD INNING
            Andrus homered to left center41
            Gonzalez doubled to deep left, Correa scored40
          • 2ND INNING
            Marisnick homered to left center, McCann scored30
            McCann singled to right, Gattis scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Matt Bush relieved Jose Leclerc
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Gonzalez to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
            • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to left
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick popped out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. McHugh Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Centeno lined out to center
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robinson walked
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Strike looking, Tocci grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Jesse Chavez
            • Jurickson Profar at third
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, McCann to second
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Jake Diekman
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to right center, McCann scored, Springer to third
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Derek Fisher in left
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tocci lined out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked, Andrus to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara singled to left, Andrus scored, Profar to second
            • Collin McHugh relieved Tony Sipp
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve singled to right center
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa homered to left, Altuve scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to left
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Sipp relieved Will Harris
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to second
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Centeno grounded out to first
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Nick Gardewine
            • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to deep right
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann singled to deep right
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to third, McCann out at second
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Springer doubled to deep left, Marisnick scored
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andrus reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre doubled to shallow left, Andrus scored
            • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara lined out to center
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Nick Gardewine relieved Matt Moore
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman lined out to center
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve singled to deep left
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Correa singled to right, Altuve to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Altuve scored
            • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis reached on fielder's choice to third, Correa out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Centeno struck out looking
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
            • C. Tocci: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tocci struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Moore Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Marisnick lined out to center
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Beltre struck out on foul tip
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara singled to right
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to pitcher, Mazara to second
            • R. Odor: Foul, Odor grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Moore Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Correa doubled to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep left, Correa scored
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
            • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
            • C. Tocci: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Tocci struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus homered to left center
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Moore Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gattis doubled to deep right center
            • J. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, McCann singled to right, Gattis scored
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, McCann to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick homered to left center, McCann scored
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer flied out to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Centeno lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Moore Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to left center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Correa singled to center, Altuve to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)