Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve upped the pressure on Alex Bregman as he walked to home plate with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

''Altuve told me ... that he's not bringing his bat or batting gloves to the on-deck circle, so I better get the job done,'' Bregman said. ''So I had to find a way.''

Bregman hit a game-ending two-run double and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 to match a franchise record with their 12th straight win.

Houston trailed 4-0 after three innings but cut the lead to one entering the ninth.

Sergio Romo (1-2) walked Marwin Gonzalez to start the ninth, then allowed a single to Max Stassi. Tony Kemp's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, and Houston loaded the bases when George Springer reached on interference by catcher Wilson Ramos.

Bregman then drove a ball that bounced off the wall in left-center. He lifted both arms as he trotted into second base, and teammates mobbed him in the infield.

It was Houston's second game-ending hit of the season, and the other also came off Bregman's bat April 7 against San Diego. Bregman also walked off Houston with a single in Game 5 of the World Series last season.

''You do it as often as Alex has done it, we know it's going to be a good at-bat,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Whether it ends in our favor or not is baseball, but he's a guy we want up there.''

Romo declined to speak to reporters after the game, but manager Kevin Cash discussed his work.

''He's the guy who's been out there and got the experience,'' Cash said. ''He's done it here as of late. It lined up right; it just didn't work.''

Collin McHugh (2-0) struck out two in a scoreless ninth for the win on a night Gerrit Cole walked a career-high five to help the Rays build the early lead.

Houston also won 12 straight in 2004 and 1999. The Astros will go for No. 13 on Tuesday with ace Justin Verlander on the mound.

''The only thing that matters to these guys is winning,'' Bregman said.

Romo was the seventh pitcher the Rays used as they employed a reliever as a starter for the 16th time in 30 games.

Cole walked Jake Bauers with one out in the first before Ramos launched a fastball into the seats in right field to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.

Matt Duffy drew a walk with one out in the third, stole second base and took third on an error by catcher Brian McCann. Cole, who hadn't walked more than three in a game this season, walked Bauers and Ramos to load the bases. A two-out single by Joey Wendle came next to score two and push the lead to 4-0.

Altuve, who finished with three hits, singled with one out in the fourth, and Carlos Correa followed with a double. Houston got within 4-1 on a groundball single by Yuli Gurriel which scored Altuve. The Astros made it 4-2 when Correa scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick.

Altuve doubled and reached third on an error by Johnny Field to start Houston's sixth. A one-out single by Gurriel scored Altuve to cut the lead to 4-3. Gonzalez singled with two outs, but Diego Castillo came in and retired pinch-hitter Evan Gattis to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after sitting out since April 15 after tearing a ligament in his right thumb which required surgery. He wasn't supposed to be reinstated until Friday, but was feeling good after a rehabilitation stint in the minors and wore Cash down with incessant text messages saying he was ready. ''I was sick of hearing from him so I called the general manager and said: `Please get him up here,''' Cash joked. ... RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) has been playing catch and is scheduled to throw a bullpen Friday. Cash said he'll need to make some rehabilitation starts before returning to the team.

Astros: RHP Joe Smith (right elbow inflammation) felt fine after playing catch Sunday but likely won't return from the disabled list until Houston's next homestand, which begins on July 5.

LATE SCORING

With their two runs in the ninth on Monday night, the Astros have scored a major league best 137 runs in the seventh inning or later this season. Monday's four-run deficit is the largest they've overcome to win this season, outdoing the two-run deficit they came back from for a victory on Sunday at Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Verlander (9-2, 1.61 ERA) opposes Tampa Bay's Blake Snell (8-4, 2.58) in the second game of the series Tuesday night. Verlander yielded two homers and three runs in seven innings in his last start to extend his winning streak to five games. Snell looks to get back on track after he had a four-game winning streak snapped by allowing five hits and four runs in five innings of a loss to the Yankees his last time out.

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  • W: C. McHugh (2-0)L: S. Romo (1-2)
  • HR: TB - W. Ramos (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Duffy 3B31000101.314.358.434.7924.0
J. Bauers 1B22100210.262.380.476.8565.5
W. Ramos C31121101.286.332.450.7828.0
C. Cron DH40000034.237.317.444.760-1.5
J. Wendle 2B40120031.271.313.362.6751.5
W. Adames SS40000022.200.250.300.550-1.0
M. Smith CF40000020.279.340.365.706-1.0
C. Gomez RF30100110.192.265.338.6031.5
J. Field LF30000001.231.267.413.6790.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH30000101.279.355.481.8361.0
    A. Bregman 3B-LF-3B50120011.266.371.464.8343.5
    J. Altuve 2B42300000.342.398.470.8678.0
    C. Correa SS41100022.273.355.498.8532.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B-1B40220001.305.327.403.7304.0
    J. Reddick RF10010000.241.330.386.7151.0
    a- T. White PH-1B20000012.250.250.500.750-0.5
    J. Marisnick CF00000000.173.198.323.5210.0
    M. Gonzalez LF-RF31100111.259.333.402.7352.5
    B. McCann C20000010.215.301.348.649-0.5
    b- E. Gattis PH10000002.254.310.507.8170.0
    M. Stassi C11100000.270.341.516.8572.0
    T. Kemp CF-LF30100000.316.389.430.8191.0
    HITTERSAB
    G. Springer DH3
    A. Bregman 3B-LF-3B5
    J. Altuve 2B4
    C. Correa SS4
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B-1B4
    J. Reddick RF1
    a- T. White PH-1B2
    J. Marisnick CF0
    M. Gonzalez LF-RF3
    B. McCann C2
    b- E. Gattis PH1
    M. Stassi C1
    T. Kemp CF-LF3
    • a-struck out for Reddick in the 6th
    • b-hit into fielder's choice for McCann in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bauers (4)
    • HR - W. Ramos (9)
    • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (35), J. Wendle 2 (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Wendle 2 (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (22), J. Altuve (19), C. Correa (15)
    • SF - J. Reddick (2)
    • SH - T. Kemp (3)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (40), Y. Gurriel 2 (31), J. Reddick (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Duffy (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (11)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Field, W. Ramos 2 (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (3)
    • E - B. McCann (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek1.20000002.330.933.0
    J. Venters1.01000203.951.103.0
    M. Andriese2.24331203.681.14-1.0
    J. Alvarado (H, 14)0.12000103.031.28-1.5
    D. Castillo (H, 3)1.10000001.130.883.0
    C. Roe (H, 15)1.01000102.791.002.5
    S. Romo (L, 1-2) (BS, 4)0.12221005.601.50-10.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek1.2
    J. Venters1.0
    M. Andriese2.2
    J. Alvarado (H, 14)0.1
    D. Castillo (H, 3)1.1
    C. Roe (H, 15)1.0
    S. Romo (L, 1-2) (BS, 4)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole7.03445812.590.8913.0
    W. Harris1.01000204.151.273.0
    C. McHugh (W, 2-0)1.00000201.130.8411.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole7.0
    W. Harris1.0
    C. McHugh (W, 2-0)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 11-8, J. Venters 18-10, M. Andriese 51-32, J. Alvarado 10-7, D. Castillo 9-6, C. Roe 13-9, S. Romo 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-3, M. Andriese 3-3, D. Castillo 4-0, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 5, J. Venters 4, M. Andriese 13, J. Alvarado 3, D. Castillo 4, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 116-74, W. Harris 13-10, C. McHugh 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-5, C. McHugh 1-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 28, W. Harris 4, C. McHugh 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    202000000443
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Duffy 3B31000101.314.358.434.7924.0
    J. Bauers 1B22100210.262.380.476.8565.5
    W. Ramos C31121101.286.332.450.7828.0
    C. Cron DH40000034.237.317.444.760-1.5
    J. Wendle 2B40120031.271.313.362.6751.5
    W. Adames SS40000022.200.250.300.550-1.0
    M. Smith CF40000020.279.340.365.706-1.0
    C. Gomez RF30100110.192.265.338.6031.5
    J. Field LF30000001.231.267.413.6790.0
    Total30444151210-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Duffy 3B3
    J. Bauers 1B2
    W. Ramos C3
    C. Cron DH4
    J. Wendle 2B4
    W. Adames SS4
    M. Smith CF4
    C. Gomez RF3
    J. Field LF3
    Total30
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer DH30000101.279.355.481.8361.0
      A. Bregman 3B-LF-3B50120011.266.371.464.8343.5
      J. Altuve 2B42300000.342.398.470.8678.0
      C. Correa SS41100022.273.355.498.8532.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B-3B-1B40220001.305.327.403.7304.0
      J. Reddick RF10010000.241.330.386.7151.0
      a- T. White PH-1B20000012.250.250.500.750-0.5
      J. Marisnick CF00000000.173.198.323.5210.0
      M. Gonzalez LF-RF31100111.259.333.402.7352.5
      B. McCann C20000010.215.301.348.649-0.5
      b- E. Gattis PH10000002.254.310.507.8170.0
      M. Stassi C11100000.270.341.516.8572.0
      T. Kemp CF-LF30100000.316.389.430.8191.0
      Total33510502610-----
      HITTERSAB
      G. Springer DH3
      A. Bregman 3B-LF-3B5
      J. Altuve 2B4
      C. Correa SS4
      Y. Gurriel 1B-3B-1B4
      J. Reddick RF1
      a- T. White PH-1B2
      J. Marisnick CF0
      M. Gonzalez LF-RF3
      B. McCann C2
      b- E. Gattis PH1
      M. Stassi C1
      T. Kemp CF-LF3
      Total33
      • a-struck out for Reddick in the 6th
      • b-hit into fielder's choice for McCann in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bauers (4)
      • HR - W. Ramos (9)
      • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (35), J. Wendle 2 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Wendle 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (22), J. Altuve (19), C. Correa (15)
      • SF - J. Reddick (2)
      • SH - T. Kemp (3)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (40), Y. Gurriel 2 (31), J. Reddick (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Duffy (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Field, W. Ramos 2 (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (3)
      • E - B. McCann (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.20000002.330.933.0
      J. Venters1.01000203.951.103.0
      M. Andriese2.24331203.681.14-1.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 14)0.12000103.031.28-1.5
      D. Castillo (H, 3)1.10000001.130.883.0
      C. Roe (H, 15)1.01000102.791.002.5
      S. Romo (L, 1-2) (BS, 4)0.12221005.601.50-10.0
      Total8.11055260---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.2
      J. Venters1.0
      M. Andriese2.2
      J. Alvarado (H, 14)0.1
      D. Castillo (H, 3)1.1
      C. Roe (H, 15)1.0
      S. Romo (L, 1-2) (BS, 4)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole7.03445812.590.8913.0
      W. Harris1.01000204.151.273.0
      C. McHugh (W, 2-0)1.00000201.130.8411.0
      Total9.04445121---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole7.0
      W. Harris1.0
      C. McHugh (W, 2-0)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 11-8, J. Venters 18-10, M. Andriese 51-32, J. Alvarado 10-7, D. Castillo 9-6, C. Roe 13-9, S. Romo 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-3, M. Andriese 3-3, D. Castillo 4-0, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 5, J. Venters 4, M. Andriese 13, J. Alvarado 3, D. Castillo 4, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 116-74, W. Harris 13-10, C. McHugh 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-5, C. McHugh 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 28, W. Harris 4, C. McHugh 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Bregman doubled to left center, Gonzalez and Stassi scored, Springer to third45
      • 6TH INNING
        Gurriel singled to left, Altuve scored43
      • 4TH INNING
        Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, Correa scored42
        Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Altuve scored, Correa to third41
      • 3RD INNING
        Wendle singled to left, Duffy and Bauers scored, Ramos to third40
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramos homered to right, Bauers scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Will Harris
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Ball, Adames grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Stassi singled to left, Gonzalez to second
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gonzalez to third, Stassi to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer reached on catcher's interference
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Bregman doubled to left center, Gonzalez and Stassi scored, Springer to third
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers doubled to deep left
        • W. Ramos: Ramos lined out to right
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chaz Roe relieved Diego Castillo
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to right
        • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging, Altuve to third on catcher Ramos fielding error, Altuve stole second, Altuve to third on catcher Ramos fielding error
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • T. White: White grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Max Stassi catching
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to first
        • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
        • J. Field: Ball, Foul, Ball, Field flied out to shallow right
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to first
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to third
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve doubled to deep left, Altuve to third on left fielder Field fielding error
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Matt Andriese
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left, Altuve scored
        • Tyler White hit for Josh Reddick
        • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left, Gurriel to second
        • Evan Gattis hit for Brian McCann
        • Diego Castillo relieved Jose Alvarado
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duffy grounded out to second
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bauers struck out on foul tip
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann lined out to right
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kemp grounded out to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gomez fouled out to first
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Field fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman fouled out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Correa doubled to center, Altuve to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Altuve scored, Correa to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, Correa scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Field: Field flied out to deep right
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duffy stole second, Duffy to third on catcher McCann fielding error, Ball, Ramos walked
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked, Bauers to second
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Wendle singled to left, Duffy and Bauers scored, Ramos to third
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Adames grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Venters Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp reached on an infield single to first
        • Matt Andriese relieved Jonny Venters
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomez singled to left, Gomez out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded out to second
        • Jonny Venters relieved Ryne Stanek
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Duffy flied out to deep center
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bauers walked
        • W. Ramos: Ramos homered to right, Bauers scored
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer fouled out to first
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman lined out to center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)