Bregman homers in 3rd straight game, Astros beat Twins 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman might be having the best season by any Houston Astros player this year.

Only don't try telling him that.

''I have a lot of room to improve and I'm definitely not satisfied ... I think I need to get a lot better,'' the All-Star third baseman said.

Bregman homered for the third straight game and Yuli Gurriel also connected as the Astros won their third in a row, 4-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

Dallas Keuchel (11-10) scattered five hits over six innings and allowed one unearned run. Brad Peacock allowed a single with two outs in the ninth to load the bases, but struck out Jorge Polanco to escape the jam and get his third save.

Kyle Gibson (7-12) yielded four hits and four runs - two earned - with five strikeouts in seven innings for his third straight loss.

''I kind of struggled the last month or so with a little bit of command and executing pitches ... other than a tough couple plays in the second it was pretty good,'' Gibson said.

There were two outs in the first inning when Bregman hit his 28th home run to give Houston a 1-0 lead. He has reached base safely in 31 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. He has 13 hits, including four homers and three doubles, and 10 RBIs in his last eight games.

''This is the best I've seen him play in a short career,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He's just very locked in ... he's very under control. He's very locked in. He knows a ball from a strike. He's hunting the right pitches. He's laying off the right pitches. He's a pretty elite performer.''

Bregman has set a career high for home runs and leads the Astros in that category. He ranks first on the team with 89 RBIs and 43 doubles. He also has a triple this year to give him 72 extra-base hits, the most by an Astros player since Lance Berkman had 79 in 2008.

''This season has definitely been the best so far personally,'' Bregman said. ''But I think that's strictly due to the fact that I'm just trying to go up there and trying to put together a good at-bat and trying to help this team win games.''

Tyler White singled to start the Houston second before Gurriel reached on an error by Polanco at shortstop. Brian McCann followed with an RBI single and Evan Gattis then grounded into a double play that allowed another run to score for a 3-0 lead.

Gurriel homered off Gibson in the fourth.

Keuchel had retired seven straight when Mitch Garver singled with one out in the sixth. An error by shortstop Carlos Correa, who overthrew first base, allowed Robbie Grossman to reach before the Twins cut the lead to 4-1 on an RBI single by Miguel Sano. But Keuchel struck out Jake Cave and Tyler Austin to end the inning and leave the runners stranded.

Gibson settled down after the homer to Gurriel and retired the last 11 batters he faced before Matt Magill took over for the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Hector Rondon left the game after deflecting a ball hit by Cave off his right hand in the ninth inning. Rondon's hand was swollen after the game but he said X-rays were negative and he thinks he'll be OK after a couple of days. ... Houston INF Marwin Gonzalez left after the first inning because of discomfort in his right oblique. ... RHP Charlie Morton (shoulder discomfort) played catch for the second straight day and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days. Hinch said if that goes well he'll come off the disabled list to start against Boston on Saturday. If he can't go the Astros will start rookie Josh James, who made his major league debut on Saturday.

THEY SAID IT

Hinch on the ball that hit Rondon: ''He's lucky he put his arm up. If you look at the replay it probably saved his face. I think it even got a little bit of flesh and not so much the bone. Very scary.''

UP NEXT

Justin Verlander (13-9, 2.78 ERA) will start for Houston against Trevor May (3-0, 1.88) when the series continues on Tuesday night. Verlander ranks second in the American League behind teammate Gerrit Cole with 240 strikeouts this season.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (11-10)L: K. Gibson (7-12)S: B. Peacock (3)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (28), Y. Gurriel (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mauer 1B50200022.279.350.379.7291.0
L. Forsythe 2B40100121.243.318.314.6321.0
J. Polanco SS50100016.269.330.398.7280.5
M. Garver C41100014.264.332.415.7471.5
R. Grossman LF30100102.260.342.365.7073.0
M. Sano 3B40110025.202.282.405.6871.0
J. Cave CF40100023.268.314.500.8140.0
T. Austin DH40000014.232.294.514.808-0.5
J. Field RF20000010.194.233.335.568-0.5
a- M. Kepler PH-RF10000110.225.317.418.7350.5
  • a-struck out for Field in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF30000110.253.337.433.7700.5
T. Kemp LF30000000.278.369.410.7790.0
J. Marisnick CF10000001.216.277.409.6872.0
A. Bregman 3B31111101.292.393.542.9357.0
C. Correa SS30000011.247.332.422.754-0.5
M. Gonzalez 2B0000-000.247.324.409.000-
T. White 1B31100000.307.383.6281.0112.0
Y. Gurriel 1B-2B32111001.275.309.403.7127.0
B. McCann C30110020.205.278.317.5951.0
E. Gattis DH30000011.230.287.472.758-0.5
J. Reddick RF-LF30000000.240.313.385.6980.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (19)
    • RBI - M. Sano (41)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 3 (3), M. Garver, M. Sano 4 (4), T. Austin 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Bregman (28), Y. Gurriel (9)
    • RBI - A. Bregman (89), Y. Gurriel (65), B. McCann (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (32)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Marisnick (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Sano-Forsythe-Mauer)
    • E - M. Garver (4), J. Polanco (10)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Correa (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 7-12)7.04421523.741.2914.5
    M. Magill1.00001003.861.372.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 7-12)7.0
    M. Magill1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Keuchel (W, 11-10)6.05102603.461.2524.0
    C. McHugh (H, 8)2.01000501.830.847.5
    H. Rondon0.01000002.091.14-1.0
    W. Harris (H, 13)0.20001103.931.15-0.5
    B. Peacock (S, 3)0.11000103.031.086.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Keuchel (W, 11-10)6.0
    C. McHugh (H, 8)2.0
    H. Rondon0.0
    W. Harris (H, 13)0.2
    B. Peacock (S, 3)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-58, M. Magill 16-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 12-4, M. Magill 1-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 26, M. Magill 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 100-62, C. McHugh 30-21, H. Rondon 4-2, W. Harris 16-8, B. Peacock 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 9-4
    • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, C. McHugh 7, H. Rondon, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Mauer 1B50200022.279.350.379.7291.0
    L. Forsythe 2B40100121.243.318.314.6321.0
    J. Polanco SS50100016.269.330.398.7280.5
    M. Garver C41100014.264.332.415.7471.5
    R. Grossman LF30100102.260.342.365.7073.0
    M. Sano 3B40110025.202.282.405.6871.0
    J. Cave CF40100023.268.314.500.8140.0
    T. Austin DH40000014.232.294.514.808-0.5
    J. Field RF20000010.194.233.335.568-0.5
    a- M. Kepler PH-RF10000110.225.317.418.7350.5
    Total36181031327-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Mauer 1B5
    L. Forsythe 2B4
    J. Polanco SS5
    M. Garver C4
    R. Grossman LF3
    M. Sano 3B4
    J. Cave CF4
    T. Austin DH4
    J. Field RF2
    a- M. Kepler PH-RF1
    Total36
    • a-struck out for Field in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF-RF30000110.253.337.433.7700.5
    T. Kemp LF30000000.278.369.410.7790.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000001.216.277.409.6872.0
    A. Bregman 3B31111101.292.393.542.9357.0
    C. Correa SS30000011.247.332.422.754-0.5
    M. Gonzalez 2B0000-000.247.324.409.000-
    T. White 1B31100000.307.383.6281.0112.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B-2B32111001.275.309.403.7127.0
    B. McCann C30110020.205.278.317.5951.0
    E. Gattis DH30000011.230.287.472.758-0.5
    J. Reddick RF-LF30000000.240.313.385.6980.0
    Total284432255-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (19)
      • RBI - M. Sano (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 3 (3), M. Garver, M. Sano 4 (4), T. Austin 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Bregman (28), Y. Gurriel (9)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (89), Y. Gurriel (65), B. McCann (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (32)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Marisnick (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sano-Forsythe-Mauer)
      • E - M. Garver (4), J. Polanco (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Correa (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 7-12)7.04421523.741.2914.5
      M. Magill1.00001003.861.372.0
      Total8.0442252---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 7-12)7.0
      M. Magill1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 11-10)6.05102603.461.2524.0
      C. McHugh (H, 8)2.01000501.830.847.5
      H. Rondon0.01000002.091.14-1.0
      W. Harris (H, 13)0.20001103.931.15-0.5
      B. Peacock (S, 3)0.11000103.031.086.5
      Total9.08103130---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 11-10)6.0
      C. McHugh (H, 8)2.0
      H. Rondon0.0
      W. Harris (H, 13)0.2
      B. Peacock (S, 3)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 98-58, M. Magill 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 12-4, M. Magill 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 26, M. Magill 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 100-62, C. McHugh 30-21, H. Rondon 4-2, W. Harris 16-8, B. Peacock 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 9-4
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, C. McHugh 7, H. Rondon, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 2
      • 6TH INNING
        Sano singled to right, Garver scored, Grossman to second14
      • 4TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to left04
      • 2ND INNING
        Gattis grounded out to second, Gurriel scored, McCann out at second03
        McCann singled to deep right, White scored, Gurriel to third02
      • 1ST INNING
        Bregman homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Collin McHugh
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cave reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Will Harris relieved Hector Rondon
        • T. Austin: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Austin flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler walked, Cave to second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • Brad Peacock relieved Will Harris
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe singled to right, Cave to third, Kepler to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco singled to center
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Grossman lined out to left
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Magill relieved Kyle Gibson
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marisnick stole second, Marisnick stole third, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Dallas Keuchel
        • Max Kepler hit for Johnny Field
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to deep right
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Garver singled to left
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman safe at first on shortstop Correa throwing error, Garver to third
        • M. Sano: Sano singled to right, Garver scored, Grossman to second
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Field: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to left
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded bunt out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman doubled to deep center
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave grounded out to second, Grossman to third
        • T. Austin: Foul, Ball, Austin flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, White flied out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Gattis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer singled to center
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco flied out to center
        • M. Garver: Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Correa grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Tyler White at first base
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin grounded out to second
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Field grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, White singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Polanco fielding error, White to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann singled to deep right, White scored, Gurriel to third
        • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Gattis grounded out to second, Gurriel scored, McCann out at second
        • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe walked, Mauer to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to right
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Garver reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mauer to third, Forsythe out at second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Garver to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano grounded into fielder's choice to third, Garver out at third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left
        • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)