Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) A lack of run support during the last month didn't worry Justin Verlander.

''Runs come and go,'' he would say.

Verlander allowed one run and three hits in six innings, leading the Houston Astros over the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday.

He had given up just three runs over 29 innings during his previous four starts, but the Astros had scored just three runs in that span, getting shut out twice.

''It felt nice,'' Verlander said. ''You've just got to continue to go about your business, keep your team in the game and good things happen.''

Verlander struck out nine and walked one, and his major league-leading ERA rose slightly to 1.08.

George Springer hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth on a 93 mph fastball from Jeff Samardzija (1-3), driving the ball off the facade above the left-field seats. Carlos Correa added an RBI single later in the inning.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Verlander didn't have his best stuff. Pitching on six days' rest, Verlander struggled with his slider command.

''I was probably a little rusty,'' he said. ''But overall was able to execute pitches when I needed to against a really good lineup that makes you work hard.''

Will Harris, Brad Peacock and Ken Giles each followed with a one-hit inning. Giles remained perfect in nine save chances.

Samardzija allowed four runs, four hits and a season-high five walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Buster Posey's sacrifice fly put San Francisco ahead in the fourth following Gorkys Hernandez's triple. Houston tied the score in the bottom half when Correa came around from first as right fielder Andrew McCutchen allowed Yuli Gurriel's fly ball near the foul line to drop behind his glove for an error.

Houston completed a two-game sweep started on Tuesday by Gerrit Cole, whose 1.86 ERA is second in the AL to Verlander's.

''You know that you've got your hands full to try and get some runs,:'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve had steals as the Astros were aggressive on the bases against catcher Nick Hundley. Bregman and Tony Kemp also were caught stealing.

Following a career-high five RBIs on Tuesday night, Kemp went 1 for 1 with a pair of walks.

''When Tony Kemp is getting on base at the rate that he is, he really sets the table,'' Hinch said. ''It's like a second leadoff hitter getting on base in front of a middle-of-the-order bat that we have as our leadoff hitter. It clearly is an advantage when anybody at the bottom of the order is getting base.''

FOR STARTERS

At 32-18 through 50 games, the Astros are off to their second-best start in franchise history behind last year's 34-16. Houston's 126 runs allowed are the fewest by a major league team through 50 games in the live-ball era, dating to 1920.

CROSS-SPORT

The Giants left wearing Golden State Warriors gear and ''Strength In Numbers'' T-shirts, just a few miles from where the Warriors were practicing in preparation for Thursday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Rockets. ''It's cool to show some support for the hometown team that I think a lot of guys are pretty close to with watching and being here for so long and both teams having so much success over the past few years,'' Samardzija said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner, on the DL since spring training with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said. He threw 30 pitches on Tuesday in his first action against hitters since he was injured.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick was put on the 10-day DL with an infection in his left leg. Reddick was in and out of the lineup over the past week with soreness above the knee. Houston recalled OF Jake Marisnick, who was just optioned to Triple-A Fresno on May 16 after hitting .141 with three homers and seven RBIs in 85 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Giants: Derek Holland (2-5, 4.94 ERA) will open a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday. Holland allowed four runs on six hits in six innings against Colorado in his last start and hasn't faced the Cubs since 2013.

Astros: Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) will face the Indians on Thursday to open a four-game series in Cleveland. In his most recent outing, also against the Indians, Morton allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight and walking one in seven innings.

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  • HR: HOU - G. Springer (10)
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B. Posey DH30110001.305.374.430.8053.0
B. Belt LF40200011.317.416.5931.0091.5
E. Longoria 3B40000022.246.276.448.724-1.0
B. Crawford SS30100111.310.346.470.8161.5
P. Sandoval 1B40000013.236.300.375.675-0.5
N. Hundley C30000022.256.293.500.793-1.0
K. Tomlinson 2B30000021.239.295.307.602-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF41221000.294.353.500.8538.0
    A. Bregman 3B20100201.272.388.428.8164.0
    J. Altuve 2B31000102.313.365.413.7784.0
    C. Correa SS41210012.273.363.483.8453.5
    M. Gonzalez LF40000012.219.297.329.626-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000000.273.302.381.6830.0
    B. McCann C40000002.238.336.381.7170.0
    E. Gattis DH30000000.213.276.369.6450.0
    T. Kemp CF11000200.400.474.467.9402.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Posey (11)
      • 3B - G. Hernandez
      • SF - B. Posey (2)
      • RBI - B. Posey (16)
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Springer (10)
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (31), C. Correa (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Bregman (5), J. Altuve (4)
      • CS - A. Bregman (3), T. Kemp
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hundley-Longoria)
      • E - B. Crawford (4), A. McCutchen (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Samardzija (L, 1-3)4.24435216.231.64-4.0
      W. Smith1.10000000.000.543.0
      S. Dyson1.01000002.821.122.0
      C. Gearrin1.00000003.601.503.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Samardzija (L, 1-3)4.2
      W. Smith1.1
      S. Dyson1.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 6-2)6.03111901.080.7127.5
      W. Harris (H, 7)1.01000203.241.203.0
      B. Peacock (H, 3)1.01000101.830.862.5
      K. Giles (S, 9)1.01000103.380.949.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 6-2)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 7)1.0
      B. Peacock (H, 3)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 97-51, W. Smith 17-11, S. Dyson 12-8, C. Gearrin 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 5-6, W. Smith 1-3, S. Dyson 3-0, C. Gearrin 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 22, W. Smith 4, S. Dyson 4, C. Gearrin 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Harris (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 97-64, W. Harris 14-11, B. Peacock 15-11, K. Giles 9-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-6, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, W. Harris 4, B. Peacock 4, K. Giles 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Hernandez CF41200010.287.313.447.7604.5
      A. McCutchen RF40000032.237.342.376.717-1.5
      B. Posey DH30110001.305.374.430.8053.0
      B. Belt LF40200011.317.416.5931.0091.5
      E. Longoria 3B40000022.246.276.448.724-1.0
      B. Crawford SS30100111.310.346.470.8161.5
      P. Sandoval 1B40000013.236.300.375.675-0.5
      N. Hundley C30000022.256.293.500.793-1.0
      K. Tomlinson 2B30000021.239.295.307.602-1.0
      Total32161011313-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer RF41221000.294.353.500.8538.0
        A. Bregman 3B20100201.272.388.428.8164.0
        J. Altuve 2B31000102.313.365.413.7784.0
        C. Correa SS41210012.273.363.483.8453.5
        M. Gonzalez LF40000012.219.297.329.626-0.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B40000000.273.302.381.6830.0
        B. McCann C40000002.238.336.381.7170.0
        E. Gattis DH30000000.213.276.369.6450.0
        T. Kemp CF11000200.400.474.467.9402.0
        Total294531529-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Posey (11)
          • 3B - G. Hernandez
          • SF - B. Posey (2)
          • RBI - B. Posey (16)
          BATTING
          • HR - G. Springer (10)
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (31), C. Correa (32)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Bregman (5), J. Altuve (4)
          • CS - A. Bregman (3), T. Kemp
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Hundley-Longoria)
          • E - B. Crawford (4), A. McCutchen (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Samardzija (L, 1-3)4.24435216.231.64-4.0
          W. Smith1.10000000.000.543.0
          S. Dyson1.01000002.821.122.0
          C. Gearrin1.00000003.601.503.0
          Total8.0543521---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Samardzija (L, 1-3)4.2
          W. Smith1.1
          S. Dyson1.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 6-2)6.03111901.080.7127.5
          W. Harris (H, 7)1.01000203.241.203.0
          B. Peacock (H, 3)1.01000101.830.862.5
          K. Giles (S, 9)1.01000103.380.949.5
          Total9.06111130---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 6-2)6.0
          W. Harris (H, 7)1.0
          B. Peacock (H, 3)1.0
          K. Giles (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 97-51, W. Smith 17-11, S. Dyson 12-8, C. Gearrin 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 5-6, W. Smith 1-3, S. Dyson 3-0, C. Gearrin 2-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 22, W. Smith 4, S. Dyson 4, C. Gearrin 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Harris (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 97-64, W. Harris 14-11, B. Peacock 15-11, K. Giles 9-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-6, K. Giles 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, W. Harris 4, B. Peacock 4, K. Giles 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Correa singled to left center, Altuve scored14
            Springer homered to left, Kemp scored13
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel safe at first on right fielder McCutchen fielding error, Correa scored, Gurriel to second11
            Posey hit sacrifice fly to right, Hernandez scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ken Giles relieved Brad Peacock
            • B. Belt: Foul, Belt singled to right center
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria grounded out to third, Belt to second
            • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
            • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brad Peacock relieved Will Harris
            • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tomlinson struck out swinging
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to shallow center
            • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen flied out to deep right
            • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Posey lined out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Sam Dyson
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Crawford fielding error
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, McCann popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria lined out to center
            • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Crawford reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging, Crawford to second on wild pitch
            • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Dyson relieved Will Smith
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to first
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to left center
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Altuve grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Posey doubled to deep left
            • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Belt fouled out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Smith Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel fouled out to first
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann grounded out to third
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gattis flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Sandoval flied out to shallow left
            • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Hundley flied out to shallow center
            • K. Tomlinson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Tomlinson struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Samardzija Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gattis grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
            • G. Springer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Springer homered to left, Kemp scored
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on fielder's choice to third, Bregman out at second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Altuve stole second, Ball, Correa singled to left center, Altuve scored
            • Will Smith relieved Jeff Samardzija
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez tripled to deep center
            • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • B. Posey: Posey hit sacrifice fly to right, Hernandez scored
            • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt singled to shallow left
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Samardzija Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa singled to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel safe at first on right fielder McCutchen fielding error, Correa scored, Gurriel to second
            • B. McCann: McCann popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
            • K. Tomlinson: Ball, Tomlinson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Samardzija Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gattis lined out to third
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kemp caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman grounded into fielder's choice to third, Springer out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
            • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Samardzija Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez fouled out to right
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
            • B. Posey: Ball, Posey grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Samardzija Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman stole second, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking, Bregman caught stealing, catcher to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)