Bregman, Gurriel, Astros beat Twins 5-2 for 4th win in row

HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman knows he doesn't have to do too much in a Houston Astros lineup that also features George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.

And that, he says, is what has allowed him to put together the best year of his young career.

Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

''Just having the guys that I have around me in that lineup allows me to just relax and try to put together a good at-bat,'' Bregman said, playing down the fact that he's leading the team in almost every offensive category.

Manager A.J. Hinch had no trouble raving about his 24-year-old third baseman, who's in just his second full season in the majors.

''He's just locked in,'' Hinch said. ''When that happens, he leaves very little margin for the pitcher to get him out. And we're seeing that come pretty regularly for him.''

Verlander (14-9) yielded one run and three hits while fanning eight over seven innings.

Jorge Polanco homered off reliever Chris Devenski to begin the ninth. After Robbie Grossman walked, Roberto Osuna took over and gave up a single to Tyler Austin with one out. Gurriel then caught Max Kepler's liner and stepped on first to complete the double play and give Osuna his 13th save.

''Obviously, if that ball went through it would have been extra bases,'' Gurriel said. ''So to be able to make that play was very, very important to win that game.''

The Astros got to Trevor May (3-1) immediately when Springer hit a leadoff single and scored on a one-out double by Bregman. Tyler White hit an RBI single with two outs to score Bregman and a short mound visit came next.

On the second pitch after the visit, Gurriel sent a ball into the seats in left field for his 10th homer to extend the lead to 4-0.

Twins rookie Kohl Stewart, who was born and grew up in Houston, took over for the second inning and pitched well in front of a large group of friends and family sitting behind the visitor's dugout. He allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings.

''Kohl did a really nice job,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''I was a little concerned about him with all the people he had here at the ballpark, but he made them happy.''

Verlander ran into some trouble in the second inning when Grossman singled before Miguel Sano and Kepler drew consecutive walks with one out to load the bases. But Verlander retired Ehire Adrianza before striking out Chris Gimenez to end the threat.

Sano was carted off the field in the inning after injuring his surgically repaired left leg sliding into second base. The team said X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day with a bruise on his lower left leg. Sano had a rod inserted in his left leg in November.

''He was in a lot of pain,'' Molitor said. ''It kind of radiated down to the ankle.''

Molitor said Sano would be on crutches for a day as a precaution but that he was optimistic that he wouldn't be out for ''too long.''

Grossman, who previously played for the Astros, hit an RBI double with two outs in the third that made it 4-1. Verlander started rolling after that, retiring the last 13 batters he faced, with six strikeouts, before Ryan Pressly took over for the eighth inning.

Tony Kemp hit a bunt single to start Houston's seventh and the Astros pushed the lead to 5-1 when Bregman hit his major league-leading 46th double with two outs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (shoulder discomfort) threw a bullpen session before the game. If he feels good in the next couple of days, he'll come off the disabled list to start against Boston on Saturday. ... INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez was out of the lineup after leaving Monday's game with discomfort in his oblique and is listed as day to day. ... RHP Hector Rondon probably won't pitch for a few days after taking deflecting a line drive off his right hand on Monday.

HOMETOWN GUYS

Stewart became the second pitcher born in Houston to throw five scoreless innings in relief at Minute Maid Park with his performance on Tuesday night. The other player to do it was Matt Albers, who was playing for the Astros when he did it on July 27, 2006.

UP NEXT

Houston rookie LHP Framber Valdez (2-1, 1.26 ERA) opposes Jake Odorizzi (5-9, 4.41) when the series wraps up on Wednesday night. Valdez allowed just two hits and one run in five innings in his last start but took the loss in a 3-0 defeat by the Angels. Odorizzi looks to get back on track after losing his last two starts.

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  • W: J. Verlander (14-9)L: T. May (3-1)S: R. Osuna (13)
  • HR: MIN - J. Polanco (4), HOU - Y. Gurriel (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mauer 1B40000010.277.347.375.723-0.5
L. Forsythe 2B41100010.243.317.313.6311.5
J. Polanco SS41111001.268.329.410.7396.0
R. Grossman LF30210100.263.346.371.7185.0
J. Cave CF40000033.263.308.490.798-1.5
M. Sano DH00000100.202.285.405.6891.0
T. Austin PR-DH30100010.234.295.511.8050.5
M. Kepler RF30000112.224.316.415.7310.5
E. Adrianza 3B30000023.246.300.377.677-1.0
C. Gimenez C2000-013.152.237.242.000-
a- M. Garver PH-C10000010.263.331.414.745-0.5
  • a-struck out for Gimenez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF41200001.255.338.433.7713.0
J. Altuve 2B40000003.318.382.451.8330.0
A. Bregman 3B41320000.296.395.549.9449.0
C. Correa SS30000112.245.331.419.7500.5
T. White DH41110002.305.380.617.9973.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41121010.275.309.408.7176.5
J. Reddick RF40200010.243.315.386.7011.5
M. Maldonado C30000012.224.279.356.635-0.5
T. Kemp LF31100011.279.368.409.7781.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (20)
    • HR - J. Polanco (4)
    • RBI - J. Polanco (29), R. Grossman (38)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (22)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Cave, C. Gimenez 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman 3 (46)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (10)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (91), T. White (30), Y. Gurriel 2 (67)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (33), T. White (13), Y. Gurriel 2 (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, T. White 2 (2), M. Maldonado, T. Kemp
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Forsythe-Polanco-Mauer)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gurriel)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. May (L, 3-1)1.05440014.111.17-11.0
    K. Stewart5.03001305.061.7312.5
    O. Drake1.02110106.051.510.5
    T. Duffey1.00000107.851.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. May (L, 3-1)1.0
    K. Stewart5.0
    O. Drake1.0
    T. Duffey1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (W, 14-9)7.03112802.730.9429.0
    R. Pressly1.00000302.841.144.5
    C. Devenski0.01111014.201.25-3.0
    R. Osuna (S, 13)1.01000002.451.069.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (W, 14-9)7.0
    R. Pressly1.0
    C. Devenski0.0
    R. Osuna (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. May 26-18, K. Stewart 73-44, O. Drake 19-14, T. Duffey 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 8-3, O. Drake 1-1, T. Duffey 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. May 8, K. Stewart 18, O. Drake 5, T. Duffey 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Verlander 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 102-71, R. Pressly 12-9, C. Devenski 11-5, R. Osuna 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-9
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, R. Pressly 3, C. Devenski 2, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Mauer 1B40000010.277.347.375.723-0.5
    L. Forsythe 2B41100010.243.317.313.6311.5
    J. Polanco SS41111001.268.329.410.7396.0
    R. Grossman LF30210100.263.346.371.7185.0
    J. Cave CF40000033.263.308.490.798-1.5
    M. Sano DH00000100.202.285.405.6891.0
    T. Austin PR-DH30100010.234.295.511.8050.5
    M. Kepler RF30000112.224.316.415.7310.5
    E. Adrianza 3B30000023.246.300.377.677-1.0
    C. Gimenez C2000-013.152.237.242.000-
    a- M. Garver PH-C10000010.263.331.414.745-0.5
    Total31252131112-----
    • a-struck out for Gimenez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF41200001.255.338.433.7713.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000003.318.382.451.8330.0
    A. Bregman 3B41320000.296.395.549.9449.0
    C. Correa SS30000112.245.331.419.7500.5
    T. White DH41110002.305.380.617.9973.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41121010.275.309.408.7176.5
    J. Reddick RF40200010.243.315.386.7011.5
    M. Maldonado C30000012.224.279.356.635-0.5
    T. Kemp LF31100011.279.368.409.7781.5
    Total33510511511-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (20)
      • HR - J. Polanco (4)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (29), R. Grossman (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Cave, C. Gimenez 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman 3 (46)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (10)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (91), T. White (30), Y. Gurriel 2 (67)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (33), T. White (13), Y. Gurriel 2 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, T. White 2 (2), M. Maldonado, T. Kemp
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Forsythe-Polanco-Mauer)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. May (L, 3-1)1.05440014.111.17-11.0
      K. Stewart5.03001305.061.7312.5
      O. Drake1.02110106.051.510.5
      T. Duffey1.00000107.851.203.5
      Total8.01055151---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. May (L, 3-1)1.0
      K. Stewart5.0
      O. Drake1.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 14-9)7.03112802.730.9429.0
      R. Pressly1.00000302.841.144.5
      C. Devenski0.01111014.201.25-3.0
      R. Osuna (S, 13)1.01000002.451.069.0
      Total9.05223111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 14-9)7.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      C. Devenski0.0
      R. Osuna (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. May 26-18, K. Stewart 73-44, O. Drake 19-14, T. Duffey 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 8-3, O. Drake 1-1, T. Duffey 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. May 8, K. Stewart 18, O. Drake 5, T. Duffey 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Verlander 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 102-71, R. Pressly 12-9, C. Devenski 11-5, R. Osuna 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, R. Pressly 3, C. Devenski 2, R. Osuna 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Polanco homered to right25
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman doubled to left, Kemp scored15
      • 3RD INNING
        Grossman doubled to right, Forsythe scored14
      • 1ST INNING
        Gurriel homered to left, White scored04
        White singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, White to second02
        Bregman doubled to deep left, Springer scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Ryan Pressly
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco homered to right
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Chris Devenski
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave flied out to deep center
        • T. Austin: Austin singled to right, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to first, Austin out at first
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Justin Verlander
        • Mitch Garver hit for Chris Gimenez
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Oliver Drake
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, White grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Austin flied out to left
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Oliver Drake relieved Kohl Stewart
        • T. Kemp: Kemp reached on bunt single to second
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Springer flied out to deep center, Kemp to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third, Kemp to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman doubled to left, Kemp scored
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to third
        • J. Cave: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Reddick popped out to second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Gimenez grounded out to third
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to right
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Bregman doubled to deep right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, White grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Austin struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Reddick singled to right
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Maldonado popped out to first
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer flied out to left
        • L. Forsythe: Forsythe singled to left center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Grossman doubled to right, Forsythe scored
        • J. Cave: Ball, Grossman to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Cave struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to third
        • C. Correa: Foul, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, White flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman singled to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman to third, Sano to second on wild pitch
        • Kepler walked
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza popped out to shortstop
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kohl Stewart relieved Trevor May
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop, Springer out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer lined out to shortstop
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe lined out to left
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco fouled out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. May Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to left center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve lined out to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left, Springer scored
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Correa popped out to second
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, White singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, White to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel homered to left, White scored
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Maldonado fouled out to first
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)