McCullers, Altuve lead Astros over Athletics 11-0

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers got a lot of longball help, not that he needed much.

McCullers threw seven sharp innings, Jose Altuve had four hits and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 11-0 Saturday night.

Altuve hit a towering home run that left the ballpark and doubled. It was Altuve's 26th career four-hit game, tying Jeff Bagwell for second most in franchise history, eight behind Craig Biggio.

''It means that it's the 26th time that I helped my team to do something,'' Altuve said. ''When you get four hits that means you're going to be on base a lot of times for guys like (Carlos) Correa, Marwin (Gonzalez), (Josh) Reddick.''

George Springer, Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez also homered in the highest-scoring this season for the World Series champions. The Astros scored in every inning but the fifth, chasing Oakland starter Daniel Mengden (2-3) in the third.

''We just controlled the zone, and when he made a mistake a lot of guys didn't miss it,'' Springer said. ''He's obviously been throwing the ball well; he's good when he's on. For us to take him out and get to him early was huge.''

McCullers (4-1) allowed two hits, striking out seven without a walk for his third straight win.

''I got my strikeouts when I needed them, I got my strikeouts when they presented themselves, but I was getting a lot of outs 1-1 or 2-1 or 2-0 on some changeups,'' McCullers said.

''Because the offense did such a great job I was able to throw some 2-0 challenge heaters. They were hit to the warning track sometimes but they stayed in the park, which was the important thing,'' he said.

The right-hander was perfect before Mark Canha singled to lead off the sixth inning. McCullers has not given up more than one run in each of his last three starts.

''He had excellent stuff tonight,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''His ball was moving all over the place, he threw a few changeups, more than probably the entire season. He's always got the power breaking ball. He did everything right as a pitcher tonight, whether getting out of the gate hot, coming in throwing strikes, seeing that his stuff was (good). It was an excellent performance by him.''

Altuve singled and scored in the first, hit an RBI double in the second and had a solo home run in the sixth.

Fisher hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Springer had a leadoff drive in the sixth. Gonzalez, who had a sacrifice fly in the third, hit a solo home run into the second deck in right in the seventh.

Houston got to Mengden early, with three runs in the first on sacrifice flies by Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick followed by an RBI double by Alex Bregman.

''For hitters hitting 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 counts is what they dream of, and that's what I gave them all night,'' Mengden said. ''Just didn't execute very well tonight and didn't get strike one.''

Mengden was tagged for five runs and six hits in a season-low 2 1/3 innings.

''The ball was up in the zone early on,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''He had trouble getting ahead. They put some good swings on him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn, currently on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, is throwing out to 90 feet but not off the mound, Melvin said. ... OF Boog Powell (sprained right knee) is doing strengthening and conditioning but no baseball activity, Melvin said.

HALLION HAS A SCARE

Plate umpire Tom Hallion took a foul ball off his chest during Marcus Semien's first inning at-bat. Hallion, who is also the crew chief, immediately fell onto his back. Houston catcher Brian McCann leaned over Hallion, holding his hand while the other umpires and an Astros trainer ran out. After a few minutes, Hallion was helped to a sitting position before standing up and resuming play, staying in for the rest of the game.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0) will make his third start of the season Sunday after earning a no decision Monday at Texas, allowing three runs in five innings.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-1) will look to bounce back after being handed his first loss of the season Monday against the Angels, allowing two runs in seven innings.

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  • W: L. McCullers (4-1)L: D. Mengden (2-3)
  • HR: HOU - M. Gonzalez (2), J. Altuve (2), G. Springer (5), D. Fisher (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce LF40000001.203.373.375.7480.0
M. Semien SS40000020.276.331.414.745-1.0
J. Lowrie 2B20000020.342.402.595.996-1.0
C. Pinder 2B10000010.297.366.514.879-0.5
K. Davis DH30000000.241.320.500.8200.0
M. Olson 1B20000110.268.355.392.7460.5
M. Chapman 3B30100010.280.374.550.9240.5
M. Canha CF-RF30100002.308.357.596.9531.0
S. Piscotty RF20100000.280.349.376.7251.0
J. Smolinski CF10000001.120.185.240.4250.0
B. Maxwell C30000012.148.200.222.422-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF42211001.257.333.460.7948.0
    J. Marisnick CF01000100.133.148.283.4312.0
    J. Altuve 2B52421000.351.411.450.86212.0
    C. Correa SS41100111.333.400.542.9422.5
    Y. Gurriel DH40010013.220.276.360.6360.5
    J. Reddick RF41110013.250.351.488.8392.5
    A. Bregman 3B30220200.257.361.352.7136.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B31121114.227.327.352.6797.5
    B. McCann C21100100.291.426.436.8633.0
    a- E. Gattis PH-C10000000.208.291.312.6020.0
    D. Fisher LF42121023.184.226.408.6357.0
    • a-popped out for McCann in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (5), A. Bregman (8)
    • HR - G. Springer (5), J. Altuve (2), M. Gonzalez (2), D. Fisher (2)
    • SF - Y. Gurriel (3), J. Reddick, M. Gonzalez (2)
    • RBI - G. Springer (17), J. Altuve 2 (13), Y. Gurriel (6), J. Reddick (16), A. Bregman 2 (12), M. Gonzalez 2 (15), D. Fisher 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (7), A. Bregman 2 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Bregman (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Semien (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden (L, 2-3)2.16541104.681.26-9.5
    D. Coulombe0.22220017.201.60-4.0
    L. Trivino1.00000100.001.063.5
    C. Hatcher1.00003109.822.450.5
    W. Font2.033303311.681.781.5
    E. Pagan1.02112005.931.76-2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers (W, 4-1)7.02000703.711.2132.5
    H. Rondon1.01001001.741.161.0
    T. Sipp1.00000105.061.133.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers (W, 4-1)7.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    T. Sipp1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Mengden (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 57-31, D. Coulombe 15-8, L. Trivino 10-7, C. Hatcher 28-11, W. Font 45-27, E. Pagan 30-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 4-3
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 15, D. Coulombe 3, L. Trivino 3, C. Hatcher 6, W. Font 9, E. Pagan 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 100-65, H. Rondon 21-11, T. Sipp 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-7, H. Rondon 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 22, H. Rondon 4, T. Sipp 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK14-13
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce LF40000001.203.373.375.7480.0
    M. Semien SS40000020.276.331.414.745-1.0
    J. Lowrie 2B20000020.342.402.595.996-1.0
    C. Pinder 2B10000010.297.366.514.879-0.5
    K. Davis DH30000000.241.320.500.8200.0
    M. Olson 1B20000110.268.355.392.7460.5
    M. Chapman 3B30100010.280.374.550.9240.5
    M. Canha CF-RF30100002.308.357.596.9531.0
    S. Piscotty RF20100000.280.349.376.7251.0
    J. Smolinski CF10000001.120.185.240.4250.0
    B. Maxwell C30000012.148.200.222.422-0.5
    Total280300186-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF42211001.257.333.460.7948.0
      J. Marisnick CF01000100.133.148.283.4312.0
      J. Altuve 2B52421000.351.411.450.86212.0
      C. Correa SS41100111.333.400.542.9422.5
      Y. Gurriel DH40010013.220.276.360.6360.5
      J. Reddick RF41110013.250.351.488.8392.5
      A. Bregman 3B30220200.257.361.352.7136.0
      M. Gonzalez 1B31121114.227.327.352.6797.5
      B. McCann C21100100.291.426.436.8633.0
      a- E. Gattis PH-C10000000.208.291.312.6020.0
      D. Fisher LF42121023.184.226.408.6357.0
      Total3411131146615-----
      • a-popped out for McCann in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (5), A. Bregman (8)
      • HR - G. Springer (5), J. Altuve (2), M. Gonzalez (2), D. Fisher (2)
      • SF - Y. Gurriel (3), J. Reddick, M. Gonzalez (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer (17), J. Altuve 2 (13), Y. Gurriel (6), J. Reddick (16), A. Bregman 2 (12), M. Gonzalez 2 (15), D. Fisher 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (7), A. Bregman 2 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Bregman (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Semien (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (L, 2-3)2.16541104.681.26-9.5
      D. Coulombe0.22220017.201.60-4.0
      L. Trivino1.00000100.001.063.5
      C. Hatcher1.00003109.822.450.5
      W. Font2.033303311.681.781.5
      E. Pagan1.02112005.931.76-2.0
      Total8.0131110664---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (L, 2-3)2.1
      D. Coulombe0.2
      L. Trivino1.0
      C. Hatcher1.0
      W. Font2.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 4-1)7.02000703.711.2132.5
      H. Rondon1.01001001.741.161.0
      T. Sipp1.00000105.061.133.5
      Total9.0300180---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 4-1)7.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      T. Sipp1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Mengden (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 57-31, D. Coulombe 15-8, L. Trivino 10-7, C. Hatcher 28-11, W. Font 45-27, E. Pagan 30-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 4-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 15, D. Coulombe 3, L. Trivino 3, C. Hatcher 6, W. Font 9, E. Pagan 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 100-65, H. Rondon 21-11, T. Sipp 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-7, H. Rondon 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 22, H. Rondon 4, T. Sipp 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Bregman walked, Marisnick scored, Altuve to third, Correa to second011
      • 7TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right010
      • 6TH INNING
        Altuve homered to left09
        Springer homered to left08
      • 4TH INNING
        Fisher homered to right, McCann scored07
      • 3RD INNING
        Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Reddick scored, Bregman to second05
      • 2ND INNING
        Altuve doubled to deep right center, Fisher scored04
      • 1ST INNING
        Bregman doubled to deep right, Correa scored03
        Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Altuve scored, Correa to second02
        Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to center, Springer scored, Altuve to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tony Sipp relieved Hector Rondon
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maxwell lined out to left
        • M. Joyce: Joyce lined out to center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Lance McCullers
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman singled to deep left, Olson to second
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha grounded into double play third to second to first, Olson to third, Chapman out at second
        • J. Smolinski: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smolinski lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Wilmer Font
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve singled to center, Marisnick to second
        • C. Correa: Foul, Correa reached on an infield single to pitcher, Marisnick to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel lined out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Reddick fouled out to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked, Marisnick scored, Altuve to third, Correa to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Semien struck out on foul tip
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Smolinski in center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to right
        • Evan Gattis hit for Brian McCann
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis popped out to first
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha singled to center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Piscotty singled to right, Canha to second
        • B. Maxwell: Maxwell grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Canha to third, Piscotty out at second
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wilmer Font relieved Chris Hatcher
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer homered to left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to left
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa lined out to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Lou Trivino
        • Chad Pinder at second
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Bregman to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked, Bregman to third, Gonzalez to second
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Joyce grounded out to first
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Coulombe Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann singled to center
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fisher homered to right, McCann scored
        • Lou Trivino relieved Danny Coulombe
        • G. Springer: Springer flied out to deep right
        • J. Altuve: Altuve lined out to right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Foul, Canha flied out to left
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty flied out to deep right
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Reddick to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman reached on an infield single to shortstop, Reddick to third
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Daniel Mengden
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Reddick scored, Bregman to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman caught stealing, catcher to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to left
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Olson grounded out to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann popped out to third
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fisher safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to shortstop, Fisher to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to deep right center, Fisher scored
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce lined out to right
        • M. Semien: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to right
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to left, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked, Springer to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to center, Springer scored, Altuve to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Altuve scored, Correa to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep right, Correa scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)