Ramos has 4 RBIs as Rays beat Astros, Verlander 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Justin Verlander's worst start with the Houston Astros might have been OK if not for Wilson Ramos.

Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Verlander and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a 5-2 win over the Astros on Saturday.

''I wasn't sharp, but also I didn't have luck on my side,'' Verlander said. ''I made an adjustment during the third inning that I thought was good, but it was too little too late.''

Verlander (9-4) gave up the most runs (5) and hits (9) of any of his 23 starts since his trade to Houston late last summer. He struck out eight in a season-low five innings after coming in with a major league-leading 1.82 ERA - though it was 4.34 in six June starts. The Astros have lost his last three starts.

Matt Duffy finished with three hits, including two in the first two innings, to help the Rays win for the seventh time in eight tames to move to .500 (41-41) for the first time since June 1.

''I gave up three hard-hit balls, all to the same guy. The rest of `em, nobody hit the ball hard,'' Verlander said.

Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second. Those two at bats summarized Verlander's day.

''The first at bat, I put him in a 3-1 situation where, bases loaded, he knows a heater's coming, and he hit it off the wall. So that's my fault,'' Verlander said. ''His next bat I got a ground ball up the middle on a slider, which is kind of what you're looking for. But it found a hole.''

Tampa Bay has held opponents to two runs or fewer in five straight games for only the second time in franchise history.

''The way these guys are throwing right now, we're tough to beat,'' said Kevin Kiermaier, who scored in each of the first two innings.

Alex Bregman got the Astros on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth off Vidal Nuno. It was Bregman's 16th home run and his fifth in six games.

''They've been throwing the ball well over there, and we haven't really been able to put anything together,'' Bregman said. ''Verlander was a little unfortunate today with some of the weak contact that went for hits, but we've got to do a better job of putting up runs for him.

Nuno (2-0) got the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out four. Sergio Romo pitched ninth for his seventh save in 11 opportunities.

Ryne Stanek pitched the first inning for Tampa Bay, giving up a single to Jose Altuve, Houston's only hit in the first four innings.

RARE ERROR

Adeiny Hechavarria made a fielding error on George Springer's grounder in the top of the sixth just before Bregman's homer. It ended a streak of 94 games and 319 chances in which the Rays' shortstop had not committed a miscue. It was the longest errorless streak in franchise history for a shortstop. Hechavarria's last error had come on July 30, 2017 at Yankee Stadium.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Joe Smith (sore right elbow) will make what the Astros expect to be a final rehab appearance at Double-A Corpus Christi before being activated. ... 1B Yuli Gurriel (paternity leave) is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday.

Rays: RHP Wilmer Font was placed on the 10-day disabled and RHP Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham. Manager Kevin Cash said an optimistic timeframe has Font missing eight weeks. ... Cash didn't completely rule out RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) from returning after his first rehab start Tuesday night� for Class A Charlotte.

UP NEXT

The series finale will be a matchup of two of baseball's hottest pitchers. Houston RHP Charlie Morton (10-1, 2.54) has won three straight starts and has not given up an earned run in his last two. LHP Blake Snell (10-4, 2.31) did not give up a hit until the seventh inning of the Rays' 11-0 win against Washington on Monday night.

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  • W: V. Nuno (2-0)L: J. Verlander (9-4)S: S. Romo (7)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (16)
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J. Altuve 2B40200000.342.407.483.8902.0
E. Gattis DH40100021.248.306.488.7940.0
J. Reddick LF40100002.263.339.394.7334.0
T. White 1B30000111.267.421.333.7540.5
M. Gonzalez SS40000004.231.306.365.6710.0
B. McCann C30000011.206.283.323.606-0.5
J. Marisnick CF30000010.192.239.370.609-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Kiermaier CF32100020.160.269.259.5283.0
    M. Duffy 3B42300000.322.367.433.7995.0
    J. Bauers DH31100111.267.409.493.9022.5
    W. Ramos C30240101.291.338.461.7998.0
    J. Wendle LF30110013.260.302.344.6461.5
    D. Robertson 2B40100022.264.384.421.8050.0
    C. Cron 1B40000023.233.310.435.745-1.0
    C. Gomez RF40100022.197.274.332.6060.0
    A. Hechavarria SS40000012.259.287.340.627-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (8)
      • HR - A. Bregman (16)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (53)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Ramos (10)
      • SF - J. Wendle (5)
      • RBI - W. Ramos 4 (43), J. Wendle (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Reddick (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (White)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Hechavarria
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 9-4)5.09551802.120.86-1.0
      W. Harris1.00000104.151.223.5
      T. Sipp1.00001102.291.072.5
      K. Giles1.01000104.081.222.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 9-4)5.0
      W. Harris1.0
      T. Sipp1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.01000201.780.953.0
      V. Nuno (W, 2-0)4.24210411.640.9516.0
      J. Alvarado (H, 17)1.10001202.881.283.0
      C. Roe (H, 19)1.00000102.730.973.5
      S. Romo (S, 7)1.00000004.461.3110.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.0
      V. Nuno (W, 2-0)4.2
      J. Alvarado (H, 17)1.1
      C. Roe (H, 19)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Verlander (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 97-68, W. Harris 14-10, T. Sipp 13-6, K. Giles 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-5, W. Harris 2-0, T. Sipp 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, W. Harris 3, T. Sipp 3, K. Giles 4
      • Balks - J. Verlander
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-9, V. Nuno 66-50, J. Alvarado 21-13, C. Roe 8-7, S. Romo 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Nuno 2-9, J. Alvarado 2-0, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 3-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 4, V. Nuno 19, J. Alvarado 5, C. Roe 3, S. Romo 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF41000030.253.332.442.775-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B41121010.277.377.519.8966.5
      J. Altuve 2B40200000.342.407.483.8902.0
      E. Gattis DH40100021.248.306.488.7940.0
      J. Reddick LF40100002.263.339.394.7334.0
      T. White 1B30000111.267.421.333.7540.5
      M. Gonzalez SS40000004.231.306.365.6710.0
      B. McCann C30000011.206.283.323.606-0.5
      J. Marisnick CF30000010.192.239.370.609-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        K. Kiermaier CF32100020.160.269.259.5283.0
        M. Duffy 3B42300000.322.367.433.7995.0
        J. Bauers DH31100111.267.409.493.9022.5
        W. Ramos C30240101.291.338.461.7998.0
        J. Wendle LF30110013.260.302.344.6461.5
        D. Robertson 2B40100022.264.384.421.8050.0
        C. Cron 1B40000023.233.310.435.745-1.0
        C. Gomez RF40100022.197.274.332.6060.0
        A. Hechavarria SS40000012.259.287.340.627-0.5
        Total325105021114-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Reddick (8)
          • HR - A. Bregman (16)
          • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (53)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Ramos (10)
          • SF - J. Wendle (5)
          • RBI - W. Ramos 4 (43), J. Wendle (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (21)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Reddick (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (White)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Hechavarria
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (L, 9-4)5.09551802.120.86-1.0
          W. Harris1.00000104.151.223.5
          T. Sipp1.00001102.291.072.5
          K. Giles1.01000104.081.222.5
          Total8.010552110---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (L, 9-4)5.0
          W. Harris1.0
          T. Sipp1.0
          K. Giles1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek1.01000201.780.953.0
          V. Nuno (W, 2-0)4.24210411.640.9516.0
          J. Alvarado (H, 17)1.10001202.881.283.0
          C. Roe (H, 19)1.00000102.730.973.5
          S. Romo (S, 7)1.00000004.461.3110.0
          Total9.0521191---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek1.0
          V. Nuno (W, 2-0)4.2
          J. Alvarado (H, 17)1.1
          C. Roe (H, 19)1.0
          S. Romo (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Verlander (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 97-68, W. Harris 14-10, T. Sipp 13-6, K. Giles 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-5, W. Harris 2-0, T. Sipp 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, W. Harris 3, T. Sipp 3, K. Giles 4
          • Balks - J. Verlander
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-9, V. Nuno 66-50, J. Alvarado 21-13, C. Roe 8-7, S. Romo 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Nuno 2-9, J. Alvarado 2-0, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 3-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 4, V. Nuno 19, J. Alvarado 5, C. Roe 3, S. Romo 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Bregman homered to left center, Springer scored25
          • 2ND INNING
            Ramos singled to left center, Kiermaier and Duffy scored, Bauers to third05
          • 1ST INNING
            Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Bauers scored03
            Ramos doubled to deep left, Kiermaier and Duffy scored, Bauers to third02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
            • T. White: White grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Jose Alvarado
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to third
            • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ken Giles relieved Tony Sipp
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Robertson struck out on foul tip
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cron fouled out to first
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez singled to right center
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Alvarado Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to first
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Sipp relieved Will Harris
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
            • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded into double play first, Ramos out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Marisnick lined out to center
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer safe at first on shortstop Hechavarria fielding error
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Bregman homered to left center, Springer scored
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve singled to center
            • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis singled to left, Altuve to second
            • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to left
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Vidal Nuno
            • T. White: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, White walked, Altuve to third, Gattis to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez grounded into fielder's choice to third, White out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to catcher
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick doubled to deep right
            • T. White: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, White flied out to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick stole third, Foul, McCann grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Wendle reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Robertson fouled out to first
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Cron popped out to shortstop
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman fouled out to first
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gattis struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Kiermaier struck out on foul tip
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy singled to center
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bauers flied out to right
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Marisnick flied out to right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Robertson singled to left
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Robertson to second on balk, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Vidal Nuno relieved Ryne Stanek
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to shallow left
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomez flied out to deep right
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to catcher
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duffy reached on an infield single to pitcher, Kiermaier to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked, Kiermaier to third, Duffy to second
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramos singled to left center, Kiermaier and Duffy scored, Bauers to third
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Bregman popped out to first
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to left
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier hit by pitch
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy singled to right, Kiermaier to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers singled to center, Kiermaier to third, Duffy to second
            • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos doubled to deep left, Kiermaier and Duffy scored, Bauers to third
            • J. Wendle: Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Bauers scored
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)