McCullers strikes out 11 as Astros shut down Mariners 4-1

SEATTLE (AP) Lance McCullers Jr. saw manager A.J. Hinch walking toward him in the Houston dugout during the top of the seventh inning. He thought Hinch might tell the young right-hander his night was done.

''He just walked right past me. I was like, `Hell yeah,''' McCullers said. ''I really wanted to go back out there for the seventh, and I'm glad I finished it the way that I did.''

McCullers matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-hit ball, Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Tuesday night.

McCullers was outstanding in a bounce-back effort after allowing a career-high eight earned runs in his last start against Minnesota. His only mistake was an 0-2 curveball that Robinson Cano hit for a solo homer in the first inning. Otherwise, the Mariners were left guessing at McCullers' mix of breaking pitches and a good fastball. McCullers also had 11 strikeouts in a 2015 game against Baltimore.

''Filthy. It was similar to his first half last year. He had some dominant starts last year early,'' McCann said.

McCullers (2-1) retired 12 straight following Cano's homer before walking Daniel Vogelbach with two outs in the fifth inning. That was his only blip. McCullers retired the final seven he faced, including strikeouts of Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager to end the seventh. He left after throwing 102 pitches.

''He spun the ball pretty good. He has one of the best curveballs in the game,'' Cano said. ''He's confident in what he's got and when he throws it he puts it where he wants. You have to give credit to the guy, he knows how to pitch.''

Will Harris pitched the eighth and Chris Devenski worked the ninth for his second save.

McCann's home run in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and was his first of the season. Reliever Dan Altavilla (1-2) struggled to get into a rhythm taking over in the sixth, walking Evan Gattis to start the inning then leaving a 97 mph fastball in the middle of the plate for McCann.

Seattle starter Ariel Miranda was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to make the start and pitched well holding the Astros to one run in five innings, but skirted trouble throughout his first outing of the season.

The only run Miranda allowed was due to defensive mistakes and likely would not have scored if first baseman Vogelbach threw home after fielding Josh Reddick's ground ball instead of attempting to start a double play. Houston left the bases loaded twice against Miranda, the most egregious coming in the second inning when Jake Marisnick struck out looking and George Springer went down swinging to end the threat. Miranda ended his night getting Reddick to fly out to center field with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning.

CANO'S COMPANY

Cano moved into second place on the career home run list for players that primarily played second base. Cano's 302nd home run passed Rogers Hornsby. Cano trails only Jeff Kent, who had 377 career homers.

''You always dream that you'll come up and be able to do something special in the game. It would have been great if we ended up winning,'' he said.

BATTING 1,000

Jose Altuve played in the 1,000th game of his career and went 1 for 5. He has the second-most hits for a foreign-born player in their first 1,000 games, trailing only Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki. Altuve has 1,272 hits. Suzuki had 1,414 in his first 1,000 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: The Astros are expected to activate reliever Tony Sipp (oblique strain) from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Astros optioned RHP James Hoyt to Triple A-Fresno after the game. Sipp has been out since April 8.

Mariners: OF Ben Gamel (oblique) is expected to rejoin the Mariners in the next couple of days - likely before the homestand with Houston ends - after being on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. ... C Mike Zunino (oblique) was expected to be the designated hitter for Class A Modesto on Tuesday and will play at least one more game in the minors before the Mariners consider bringing him of the disabled list.

UP NEXT

Astros: Gerrit Cole (1-0) tries to replicate his last start where he struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings. Cole has recorded at least 11 strikeouts in each of his three starts.

Mariners: Mike Leake (2-0) looks to remain perfect on the season after getting a no decision in his last start despite allowing three runs in six innings against Oakland.

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  • W: L. McCullers (2-1)L: D. Altavilla (1-2)S: C. Devenski (2)
  • HR: HOU - B. McCann (1), SEA - R. Cano (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40010023.211.301.423.7240.0
J. Altuve 2B50100011.314.372.343.7150.5
C. Correa SS40200110.288.348.475.8222.5
Y. Gurriel 1B51200003.250.273.500.7734.0
A. Bregman 3B40100102.214.321.300.6212.0
J. Reddick LF40010005.273.396.500.8961.0
E. Gattis DH31200100.212.305.288.5944.0
D. Fisher PR-DH01000000.143.194.286.4791.0
B. McCann C11121200.333.463.424.88810.0
J. Marisnick CF40000046.133.133.267.400-2.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon CF40000020.302.333.381.714-1.0
    J. Segura SS40100020.302.333.444.7780.0
    R. Cano 2B41111001.333.484.479.9636.0
    N. Cruz DH30000010.190.227.619.846-0.5
    K. Seager 3B30000020.268.311.500.811-1.0
    M. Haniger RF30000030.255.361.510.870-1.5
    D. Vogelbach 1B20000120.242.324.485.8090.0
    I. Suzuki LF30100001.219.219.219.4381.0
    M. Marjama C30000021.111.172.222.395-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (2)
      • HR - B. McCann
      • SF - G. Springer (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer (10), J. Reddick (8), B. McCann 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Cano
      • RBI - R. Cano (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Seager
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 2-1)7.011111115.571.4333.5
      W. Harris (H, 2)1.01000202.161.443.0
      C. Devenski (S, 2)1.01000101.000.789.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 2-1)7.0
      W. Harris (H, 2)1.0
      C. Devenski (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Miranda5.06114501.802.006.5
      D. Altavilla (L, 1-2)1.01221213.381.13-5.0
      C. Bradford1.02110001.350.900.0
      W. LeBlanc2.00000101.800.806.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Miranda5.0
      D. Altavilla (L, 1-2)1.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      W. LeBlanc2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 102-69, W. Harris 13-9, C. Devenski 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-2, W. Harris 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 23, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Altavilla, W. LeBlanc
      • HBP - W. LeBlanc
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Miranda 92-53, D. Altavilla 21-10, C. Bradford 14-10, W. LeBlanc 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Miranda 4-5, C. Bradford 2-1, W. LeBlanc 1-4
      • Batters Faced - A. Miranda 24, D. Altavilla 5, C. Bradford 5, W. LeBlanc 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      100000000131
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF40010023.211.301.423.7240.0
      J. Altuve 2B50100011.314.372.343.7150.5
      C. Correa SS40200110.288.348.475.8222.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B51200003.250.273.500.7734.0
      A. Bregman 3B40100102.214.321.300.6212.0
      J. Reddick LF40010005.273.396.500.8961.0
      E. Gattis DH31200100.212.305.288.5944.0
      D. Fisher PR-DH01000000.143.194.286.4791.0
      B. McCann C11121200.333.463.424.88810.0
      J. Marisnick CF40000046.133.133.267.400-2.0
      Total3449415820-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Gordon CF40000020.302.333.381.714-1.0
        J. Segura SS40100020.302.333.444.7780.0
        R. Cano 2B41111001.333.484.479.9636.0
        N. Cruz DH30000010.190.227.619.846-0.5
        K. Seager 3B30000020.268.311.500.811-1.0
        M. Haniger RF30000030.255.361.510.870-1.5
        D. Vogelbach 1B20000120.242.324.485.8090.0
        I. Suzuki LF30100001.219.219.219.4381.0
        M. Marjama C30000021.111.172.222.395-1.0
        Total2913111143-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (2)
          • HR - B. McCann
          • SF - G. Springer (2)
          • RBI - G. Springer (10), J. Reddick (8), B. McCann 2 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - R. Cano
          • RBI - R. Cano (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - K. Seager
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (W, 2-1)7.011111115.571.4333.5
          W. Harris (H, 2)1.01000202.161.443.0
          C. Devenski (S, 2)1.01000101.000.789.5
          Total9.03111141---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (W, 2-1)7.0
          W. Harris (H, 2)1.0
          C. Devenski (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Miranda5.06114501.802.006.5
          D. Altavilla (L, 1-2)1.01221213.381.13-5.0
          C. Bradford1.02110001.350.900.0
          W. LeBlanc2.00000101.800.806.5
          Total9.0944581---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Miranda5.0
          D. Altavilla (L, 1-2)1.0
          C. Bradford1.0
          W. LeBlanc2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 102-69, W. Harris 13-9, C. Devenski 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-2, W. Harris 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 23, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Altavilla, W. LeBlanc
          • HBP - W. LeBlanc
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Miranda 92-53, D. Altavilla 21-10, C. Bradford 14-10, W. LeBlanc 23-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Miranda 4-5, C. Bradford 2-1, W. LeBlanc 1-4
          • Batters Faced - A. Miranda 24, D. Altavilla 5, C. Bradford 5, W. LeBlanc 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Springer hit sacrifice fly to right, Fisher scored41
          • 6TH INNING
            McCann homered to right, Gattis scored31
          • 2ND INNING
            Reddick reached on fielder's choice to first, Gurriel scored, Bregman out at second11
          • 1ST INNING
            Cano homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel popped out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura singled to center
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cano lined into double play first, Segura out at first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Bradford Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gattis singled to center
            • Wade LeBlanc relieved Chasen Bradford
            • Derek Fisher ran for Evan Gattis
            • B. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Ball, McCann hit by pitch, Fisher to second
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Fisher to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Springer hit sacrifice fly to right, Fisher scored
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • I. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki singled to center
            • M. Marjama: Marjama grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Dan Altavilla
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Correa reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman grounded out to pitcher, Gurriel to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano flied out to left
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Dan Altavilla relieved Ariel Miranda
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
            • B. McCann: Ball, Gattis to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, McCann homered to right, Gattis scored
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to right
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • M. Marjama: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marjama struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to catcher
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve flied out to deep right
            • C. Correa: Correa singled to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Correa to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Correa to third, Gurriel to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach walked
            • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis flied out to left
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano grounded out to first
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve singled to center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked, Altuve to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel lined into double play third to second, Altuve out at second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • I. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to second
            • M. Marjama: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marjama struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gurriel to third on 3rd baseman Seager fielding error
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to first, Gurriel scored, Bregman out at second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Gattis singled to center, Reddick to second
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann walked, Reddick to third, Gattis to second
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Cano homered to right center
            • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)