Snell, Rays beat Astros 3-2 to wrap impressive homestand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell and the surging Tampa Bay Rays are having success against some of the major's best teams.

Snell struck out 10, reliever Diego Castillo fanned Jose Altuve in a key spot and the Rays wrapped up an impressive homestand by beating the Houston Astros 3-2 Sunday.

The Rays went 8-1 at Tropicana Field, taking three of four from the World Series champion Astros, sweeping three from the New York Yankees and winning both games against Washington. Tampa Bay set a team record by allowing no more than two runs in its sixth straight game.

''Everybody's doing their part,'' Snell said.

Snell tied Hall of Famer Walter Johnson (1914) with his 11th consecutive home start allowing one or fewer earned runs for the longest stretch in the AL since 1913, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

''He's pitched like an All-Star,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We knew we had a chance to have a special series and really special homestand, and I think he capped it off.''

Matt Duffy hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that put the Rays ahead 2-1 and Mallex Smith homered in the eighth.

Evan Gattis homered twice for Houston. The Astros went 0 for 14 during the series with runners in scoring position.

''We didn't do enough to win the game or win the series.'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

Snell (11-4) allowed one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. The lefty has given up five earned runs over 51 2/3 innings (0.87 ERA) at home this season.

Castillo replaced Snell with the bases loaded in the eighth with the Rays leading by a run. Castillo struck out Altuve in a 10-pitch at-bat and got a grounder from Yuli Gurriel to protect the lead.

Sergio Romo got his eighth save despite allowing Gattis' homer in the ninth.

Charlie Morton (10-2) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. The Astros led 1-0 when he left with runners at first and second, and Duffy greeted Chris Devenski with a bloop single down the right-field line. Joey Wendle scored from first base when right fielder Josh Reddick hesitated before throwing the ball back to the infield.

''I just kind of froze,'' Reddick said. ''There's no excuse for screwing that up. I've got to get the ball in, and even if I throw it home early, we're still playing the ball game right now.''

Gattis, who had eight homers and 30 RBIs in June, put the Astros up 1-0 on his seventh-inning drive.

Jake Marisnick had a potential run-scoring extra-base hit tracked down in deep center by Smith with two outs in the fifth.

Smith's homer was his first since last July 21, ending a 356 at-bat drought.

''I'm not worried about hitting home runs,'' the speedy Smith said with a smile. ''I like to steal bases. Can't steal bases when you hit homers.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Gurriel returned after three days on the paternity list. . Reliever Joe Smith (right elbow soreness) could be back Tuesday.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier was rested after making two diving catches Saturday. He dropped to 0 for 9, including eight strikeouts, against Morton by going down swinging as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

SORE SPRINGER

Astros RF George Springer was out of the lineup for the second time in three days after tumbling into the stands chasing a foul ball Saturday. Hinch said Springer is ''beat up a little bit.'' Springer, mired in a 3-for-44 slide, was a pinch-runner in the ninth.

DEADLINE DEALS

The Rays could move veteran players like RHPs Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Archer, and C Wilson Ramos before the non-waiver trade deadline. Also attracting interest is Tampa Bay's bullpen. ''I imagine our front office will do what they always do, and that's look to do what's best for the organization going forward,'' Cash said.

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are among the teams with scouts in attendance recently.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (4-8) will go against Texas RHP Austin Bibens-Dirx (1-1) Tuesday night.

Rays: Eovaldi (2-3) faces Miami LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-5) Monday night.

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  • W: B. Snell (11-4)L: C. Morton (10-2)S: S. Romo (8)
  • HR: HOU - E. Gattis 2 (17), TB - M. Smith (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Bregman SS30100100.277.379.517.8964.0
J. Altuve 2B40000014.338.403.478.880-0.5
Y. Gurriel 3B40000014.294.318.409.727-0.5
E. Gattis DH42222021.252.309.512.82111.0
T. White 1B30000110.222.391.278.6690.5
G. Springer PR00000000.253.332.442.7750.0
J. Reddick RF40000011.257.333.386.719-0.5
M. Stassi C30100020.255.335.482.8180.0
a- M. Gonzalez PH10000000.230.305.364.6690.0
J. Marisnick CF30000011.188.234.362.597-0.5
T. Kemp LF30100020.309.382.402.7840.0
  • a-grounded out for Stassi in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Wendle LF41200012.264.306.346.6521.5
M. Duffy 3B40120011.321.365.430.7952.5
J. Bauers 1B30000022.256.402.474.8760.0
D. Robertson 2B30000121.260.382.415.7970.0
C. Gomez DH40200011.202.277.335.6121.5
M. Smith CF-RF41211023.269.333.363.6976.0
W. Adames SS30000012.224.284.343.627-0.5
W. Ramos C10000010.290.337.459.796-0.5
J. Sucre C30100001.228.271.253.5241.0
A. Hechavarria PR-SS01000000.259.287.340.6271.0
J. Field RF10000110.221.264.390.6530.5
a- K. Kiermaier PH-CF10000011.159.266.256.522-0.5
  • a-struck out for Field in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - E. Gattis 2 (17)
  • RBI - E. Gattis 2 (56)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Smith
  • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (25), M. Smith (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy 2 (8), M. Smith (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Bregman (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Wendle (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Stassi-Bregman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Bauers)
  • E - J. Sucre (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton (L, 10-2)6.262221102.551.1111.5
C. Devenski (BS, 2)0.11000001.320.85-1.0
B. Peacock1.01110212.250.892.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton (L, 10-2)6.2
C. Devenski (BS, 2)0.1
B. Peacock1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 11-4)7.141111012.241.0130.0
D. Castillo (H, 6)0.20000101.800.800.5
S. Romo (S, 8)1.01111014.581.337.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 11-4)7.1
D. Castillo (H, 6)0.2
S. Romo (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Morton
  • HBP - C. Morton (10)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 103-67, C. Devenski 7-5, B. Peacock 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, B. Peacock 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 28, C. Devenski 2, B. Peacock 4
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (11)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-66, D. Castillo 15-10, S. Romo 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-6, D. Castillo 1-0, S. Romo 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, D. Castillo 2, S. Romo 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Bregman SS30100100.277.379.517.8964.0
J. Altuve 2B40000014.338.403.478.880-0.5
Y. Gurriel 3B40000014.294.318.409.727-0.5
E. Gattis DH42222021.252.309.512.82111.0
T. White 1B30000110.222.391.278.6690.5
G. Springer PR00000000.253.332.442.7750.0
J. Reddick RF40000011.257.333.386.719-0.5
M. Stassi C30100020.255.335.482.8180.0
a- M. Gonzalez PH10000000.230.305.364.6690.0
J. Marisnick CF30000011.188.234.362.597-0.5
T. Kemp LF30100020.309.382.402.7840.0
Total32252221111-----
  • a-grounded out for Stassi in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Wendle LF41200012.264.306.346.6521.5
M. Duffy 3B40120011.321.365.430.7952.5
J. Bauers 1B30000022.256.402.474.8760.0
D. Robertson 2B30000121.260.382.415.7970.0
C. Gomez DH40200011.202.277.335.6121.5
M. Smith CF-RF41211023.269.333.363.6976.0
W. Adames SS30000012.224.284.343.627-0.5
W. Ramos C10000010.290.337.459.796-0.5
J. Sucre C30100001.228.271.253.5241.0
A. Hechavarria PR-SS01000000.259.287.340.6271.0
J. Field RF10000110.221.264.390.6530.5
a- K. Kiermaier PH-CF10000011.159.266.256.522-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Field in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - E. Gattis 2 (17)
  • RBI - E. Gattis 2 (56)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Smith
  • RBI - M. Duffy 2 (25), M. Smith (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy 2 (8), M. Smith (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Bregman (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Wendle (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Stassi-Bregman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Bauers)
  • E - J. Sucre (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton (L, 10-2)6.262221102.551.1111.5
C. Devenski (BS, 2)0.11000001.320.85-1.0
B. Peacock1.01110212.250.892.0
Total8.08332131---
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton (L, 10-2)6.2
C. Devenski (BS, 2)0.1
B. Peacock1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 11-4)7.141111012.241.0130.0
D. Castillo (H, 6)0.20000101.800.800.5
S. Romo (S, 8)1.01111014.581.337.0
Total9.05222112---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 11-4)7.1
D. Castillo (H, 6)0.2
S. Romo (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Morton
  • HBP - C. Morton (10)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 103-67, C. Devenski 7-5, B. Peacock 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, B. Peacock 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 28, C. Devenski 2, B. Peacock 4
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (11)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-66, D. Castillo 15-10, S. Romo 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-6, D. Castillo 1-0, S. Romo 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, D. Castillo 2, S. Romo 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Gattis homered to left23
  • 8TH INNING
    Smith homered to right center13
  • 7TH INNING
    Duffy singled to right, Hechavarria and Wendle scored12
    Gattis homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo relieved Diego Castillo
    • E. Gattis: Gattis homered to left
    • T. White: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked
    • George Springer ran for Tyler White
    • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reddick grounded into double play shortstop to first, Springer out at second
    • Marwin Gonzalez hit for Max Stassi
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wilson Ramos catching
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Marisnick struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp reached on an infield single to first, Marisnick to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked, Marisnick to third, Kemp to second
    • Diego Castillo relieved Blake Snell
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Peacock relieved Chris Devenski
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robertson grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith homered to right center
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis homered to left center
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, White flied out to right
    • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames flied out to left
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre singled to left
    • Adeiny Hechavarria ran for Jesus Sucre
    • Kevin Kiermaier hit for Johnny Field
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle singled to center, Hechavarria to second
    • Chris Devenski relieved Charlie Morton
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duffy singled to right, Hechavarria and Wendle scored
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to right
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to second
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez singled to center, Robertson to third
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, White flied out to center
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to second
    • M. Stassi: Stassi singled to deep center
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Marisnick flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Smith singled to left
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • J. Sucre: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Sucre grounded out to third, Smith to second
    • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Field walked
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy lined out to left
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers hit by pitch
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
    • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers to second on wild pitch, Gomez flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Sucre lined out to shortstop
    • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wendle lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
    • C. Gomez: Gomez singled to center
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Adames grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman singled to left
    • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to right
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman to third on catcher Sucre fielding error, Bregman stole second, Bregman to third on catcher Sucre fielding error, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • E. Gattis: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Wendle singled to left
    • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Wendle caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)