Keuchel, Bregman lead Astros over Tigers 3-0

HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel is beginning to look like his old self, and that's welcome news for a Houston Astros team eyeing another title.

Keuchel pitched six strong innings, three relievers completed the seven-hitter and Alex Bregman provided the offense by setting a career high with his 20th homer to give the Astros a 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Keuchel (7-8) allowed six hits and struck out four to win his fourth straight decision after dropping the previous three. Tony Sipp and Brad Peacock pitched the seventh and eighth innings before Hector Rondon walked one in the ninth for his eighth save.

Since giving up a season-high 13 hits in start against Texas on June 10, Keuchel has gone 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last six starts to lower his ERA from 4.45 to 3.75.

Manager A.J. Hinch isn't surprised that Keuchel, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, has turned things around since his tough start to the season.

''I think he's found his timing, his rhythm, his pitches,'' Hinch said. ''His change-up usage has been excellent. He controls contact. He got some incredibly-timed ground balls when he needs it ... let's not forget he's Dallas Keuchel and he's really good.''

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire discussed why Keuchel was so tough against his team.

''We hit some balls hard, but he's a really good pitcher,'' he said. ''He knows how to pitch, he knows how to change speeds, he knows how to spin it. He made it tough on us.''

The Astros got to former teammate Mike Fiers (6-6) early. George Springer hit a leadoff single before the two-run shot by Bregman, which bounced off the wall above the Crawford Boxes in left field, made it 2-0.

''Springer did a great job of getting on base and when you get a leadoff guy like that on it puts the pressure on the pitcher,'' Bregman said. ''So I was just fortunate enough to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it.''

Bregman, Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles with no outs in the third to push the lead to 3-0.

Fiers, who played for the Astros from 2015-17, yielded nine hits and three runs in six innings for the loss.

Ronny Rodriguez had two hits for the Tigers, who went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position to lose their fifth straight game.

Bregman, who was named to his first All-Star game on Sunday, has 10 doubles, 12 homers and 30 RBIs in his last 27 games.

Rodriguez and Jeimer Candelario hit back-to-back singles to start the third for Detroit's first hits. But Keuchel escaped the jam by retiring the next three batters.

The Tigers had a single in the fourth and fifth innings, but Houston turned double plays in both innings to help Keuchel out.

John Hicks singled with one out in the sixth before Nicholas Castellanos walked. The Tigers loaded the bases when James McCann singled on a ball that sailed just over shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's head. Keuchel left them empty-handed when Mikie Mahtook popped out before Victor Martinez grounded out.

Houston had a chance to pad the lead in the eighth when the team had runners at the corners with no outs, but closer Shane Greene retired the next three batters to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back stiffness) is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment in the next few days.

Tigers: Greene was activated from the disabled list before the game. He'd been on the DL since July 2 with a strained right shoulder. He allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth.

MAKE IT SIX

Houston right-hander Charlie Morton was added to the American League All-Star team on Friday, giving the Astros a major league-leading six players in next week's game.

Morton joins fellow starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on the squad, which also features Altuve, Springer and Bregman. Hinch is managing the AL team.

It's the first career selection for the 34-year-old Morton, who is in his 11th major league season. He's 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 19 starts this year.

UP NEXT

Houston's Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.57 ERA) is expected to come off the bereavement list to start on Saturday against Michael Fulmer (3-8, 4.11). Cole struck out 11 in six scoreless innings Monday but did not factor in the decision in a 2-0 loss to the Athletics. Fulmer allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings for his third straight loss Saturday against Texas.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (7-8)L: M. Fiers (6-6)S: H. Rondon (8)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Goodrum 2B40000023.253.321.452.773-1.0
J. Hicks 1B40100022.278.324.432.7560.0
N. Castellanos RF20100200.306.362.523.8853.0
J. McCann C40100012.227.275.331.6060.5
M. Mahtook LF40000004.200.239.257.4960.0
V. Martinez DH40000003.233.285.307.5920.0
R. Rodriguez SS40200010.196.255.196.4511.5
J. Candelario 3B30100122.226.326.422.7481.0
J. Jones CF40100004.219.272.382.6542.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH41100002.248.333.415.7482.0
    A. Bregman 3B42221000.287.385.538.9239.0
    J. Altuve 2B40200000.335.399.476.8752.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40210000.306.336.436.7733.0
    J. Reddick RF40000014.257.332.394.726-0.5
    M. Gonzalez SS40100014.224.302.352.6531.5
    K. Tucker LF40000015.174.240.217.457-0.5
    M. Stassi C30100001.256.339.463.8011.0
    T. Kemp CF30200010.307.398.439.8370.5
    J. Marisnick CF00000000.192.236.359.5950.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (13)
      • HR - A. Bregman (20)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (63), Y. Gurriel (50)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Kemp (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Rodriguez (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Altuve-Gonzalez-Gurriel; Gonzalez-Gurriel)
      • E - J. Altuve (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 6-6)6.09330213.701.225.0
      D. VerHagen1.00000107.661.393.5
      S. Greene1.02000103.921.261.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 6-6)6.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 7-8)6.06001403.751.3023.0
      T. Sipp (H, 2)1.01000202.010.993.0
      B. Peacock (H, 7)1.00001203.050.993.0
      H. Rondon (S, 8)1.00001001.571.179.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 7-8)6.0
      T. Sipp (H, 2)1.0
      B. Peacock (H, 7)1.0
      H. Rondon (S, 8)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 91-57, D. VerHagen 13-8, S. Greene 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-10, D. VerHagen 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 26, D. VerHagen 3, S. Greene 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, T. Sipp 15-11, B. Peacock 18-11, H. Rondon 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 7-6, T. Sipp 1-0, B. Peacock 1-0, H. Rondon 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 24, T. Sipp 4, B. Peacock 4, H. Rondon 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Goodrum 2B40000023.253.321.452.773-1.0
      J. Hicks 1B40100022.278.324.432.7560.0
      N. Castellanos RF20100200.306.362.523.8853.0
      J. McCann C40100012.227.275.331.6060.5
      M. Mahtook LF40000004.200.239.257.4960.0
      V. Martinez DH40000003.233.285.307.5920.0
      R. Rodriguez SS40200010.196.255.196.4511.5
      J. Candelario 3B30100122.226.326.422.7481.0
      J. Jones CF40100004.219.272.382.6542.0
      Total3307003820-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer DH41100002.248.333.415.7482.0
        A. Bregman 3B42221000.287.385.538.9239.0
        J. Altuve 2B40200000.335.399.476.8752.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B40210000.306.336.436.7733.0
        J. Reddick RF40000014.257.332.394.726-0.5
        M. Gonzalez SS40100014.224.302.352.6531.5
        K. Tucker LF40000015.174.240.217.457-0.5
        M. Stassi C30100001.256.339.463.8011.0
        T. Kemp CF30200010.307.398.439.8370.5
        J. Marisnick CF00000000.192.236.359.5950.0
        Total34311310416-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jones (18)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Gonzalez (13)
          • HR - A. Bregman (20)
          • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (63), Y. Gurriel (50)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - T. Kemp (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Rodriguez (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Altuve-Gonzalez-Gurriel; Gonzalez-Gurriel)
          • E - J. Altuve (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (L, 6-6)6.09330213.701.225.0
          D. VerHagen1.00000107.661.393.5
          S. Greene1.02000103.921.261.5
          Total8.01133041---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (L, 6-6)6.0
          D. VerHagen1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Keuchel (W, 7-8)6.06001403.751.3023.0
          T. Sipp (H, 2)1.01000202.010.993.0
          B. Peacock (H, 7)1.00001203.050.993.0
          H. Rondon (S, 8)1.00001001.571.179.0
          Total9.0700380---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Keuchel (W, 7-8)6.0
          T. Sipp (H, 2)1.0
          B. Peacock (H, 7)1.0
          H. Rondon (S, 8)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 91-57, D. VerHagen 13-8, S. Greene 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-10, D. VerHagen 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 26, D. VerHagen 3, S. Greene 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, T. Sipp 15-11, B. Peacock 18-11, H. Rondon 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 7-6, T. Sipp 1-0, B. Peacock 1-0, H. Rondon 2-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 24, T. Sipp 4, B. Peacock 4, H. Rondon 4
          • 3RD INNING
            Gurriel singled to deep left, Bregman scored, Altuve to second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Bregman homered to left center, Springer scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Hector Rondon relieved Brad Peacock
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to first
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Marisnick in center field
            • Brad Peacock relieved Tony Sipp
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mahtook grounded into fielder's choice to third, Castellanos out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Drew VerHagen
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve reached on an infield single to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel singled to shallow right, Altuve to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick popped bunt out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to second
            • K. Tucker: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Tucker struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tony Sipp relieved Dallas Keuchel
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • J. Jones: Jones doubled to left center
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Mike Fiers
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Hicks singled to left
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked, Hicks to second
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to left, Hicks to third, Castellanos to second
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook fouled out to first
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to second, McCann out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep left
            • K. Tucker: Foul, Tucker popped out to shortstop
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to right, Martinez to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to first, Rodriguez out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • J. Altuve: Altuve fouled out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castellanos singled to left
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Castellanos out at second
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Foul, Mahtook popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Stassi lined out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp singled to right
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Foul, Springer lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to right
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario singled to center, Rodriguez to second
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to deep left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to left, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel singled to deep left, Bregman scored, Altuve to second
            • J. Reddick: Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to right
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Tucker flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mahtook flied out to deep right
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
            • K. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi singled to left
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp singled to right, Stassi to second
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks flied out to deep right
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Springer to second on shortstop Rodriguez fielding error
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left center, Springer scored
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve lined out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to right
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)