Gonzalez's homer helps Astros down Mariners 7-0

HOUSTON (AP) If rookie Josh James keeps throwing this way, he might just pitch himself onto Houston's postseason roster.

James struck out seven and scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings to help the Astros to a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for his first major league win.

Houston eliminated the Mariners from AL West contention and moved five games in front of second-place Oakland, which lost 9-7 at home to the Angels.

It was just the second start and fourth career appearance for the 25-year-old James (1-0), who made his debut on Sept. 1. He has a 2.81 ERA with 24 strikeouts.

''I'm really impressed by how he's handling it,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''There's no panic in him. And that pays dividends moving forward when we're starting to make decisions. Of course, he's factoring in.''

James said he isn't focused right now on whether he'll get to pitch for the defending World Series champions in October.

''I'm just trying to contribute and pitch as well as I can,'' he said. ''Postseason roster's really not on my mind right now. I just really want to perform.''

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third for the Astros. Four relievers completed the shutout.

Seattle starter Mike Leake (10-10) yielded six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game winning streak.

''Mike Leake for the most part threw the ball really well,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''It was that one inning. Seems to be the story of his season, and the games we don't come back and win, it's usually that one inning that gets him.''

Leake plunked Brian McCann to start the third before Tony Kemp doubled. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when George Springer hit an RBI single, and Springer reached second on the play thanks to an error by left fielder Denard Span. Kemp scored on a groundout by Jose Altuve to make it 2-0.

There were two outs in the inning when Gonzalez sent a drive to left-center that was originally ruled a double. But a replay review revealed it was a homer, pushing Houston's lead to 4-0.

The Mariners couldn't get much going against James. He walked Chris Hermann with no outs in the third before a one-out single by Mitch Haniger. After a short mound visit, James retired the next two batters to end the threat. He allowed a double to Robinson Cano to start the sixth before striking out Nelson Cruz with his final pitch.

Cano doubled twice and tied a season high with three hits, but the rest of the team managed only three hits on a night when the Mariners went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Astros padded their lead in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel doubled with one out and scored on a single by McCann. Houston added two more runs in the eighth, with the first one coming when Tyler White's fly to left-center dropped right in between Span and Dee Gordon for a double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton played catch but was not quite ready to throw a bullpen as he continues to build strength after recovering from the flu and pneumonia. ... RHP Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is doing better and is expected to rejoin the team Friday before the start of a series against the Rangers.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game and will throw another one Friday or Saturday. The Astros hope he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season.

MAKE IT A DOUBLE

Cano's two doubles gave him 530 for his career to move him into 40th place on the all-time list.

''Robbie's been out there a long time. It's kind of part of his game, is the extra-base hit and getting the doubles,'' Servais said. ''A couple of those tonight, great to see he swung the bat very well.''

UP NEXT

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.57 ERA), who has won his last two decisions, will start for the Astros when the series concludes Wednesday. The Mariners hadn't announced their starter, but Servais said it will be a bullpen game.

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  • W: J. James (1-0)L: M. Leake (10-10)
  • HR: HOU - M. Gonzalez (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger CF-RF40100000.282.364.490.8541.0
a- K. Negron PH10000011.385.385.6151.000-0.5
J. Segura SS40000012.304.339.415.754-0.5
R. Cano 1B-2B40300002.284.362.440.8025.0
N. Cruz DH40000033.263.348.527.875-1.5
D. Span LF20000201.266.346.426.7722.0
K. Seager 3B30000113.220.273.397.6710.5
B. Gamel RF20100010.277.361.376.7370.5
b- R. Healy PH-1B20000002.243.280.426.7070.0
C. Herrmann C30100112.239.329.394.7241.5
D. Gordon 2B-CF30000001.269.289.335.6240.0
c- D. Vogelbach PH10000001.219.337.411.7480.0
HITTERSAB
M. Haniger CF-RF4
a- K. Negron PH1
J. Segura SS4
R. Cano 1B-2B4
N. Cruz DH4
D. Span LF2
K. Seager 3B3
B. Gamel RF2
b- R. Healy PH-1B2
C. Herrmann C3
D. Gordon 2B-CF3
c- D. Vogelbach PH1
  • a-struck out for Haniger in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Gamel in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Gordon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF41110001.266.346.430.7753.0
M. Straw RF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Altuve 2B31010111.316.386.454.8404.5
A. Bregman 3B40000012.290.396.543.939-0.5
J. Davis 3B00000000.174.245.233.4770.0
M. Gonzalez LF-SS32221100.249.323.419.74210.0
T. White DH40110011.298.379.601.9802.5
C. Correa SS30000001.238.323.400.7230.0
a- K. Tucker PH-LF10010001.151.250.208.4581.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41100012.278.313.406.7192.5
B. McCann C21110000.206.302.309.6114.0
T. Kemp CF31100011.283.371.425.7962.5
J. Marisnick CF00000000.205.264.379.6440.0
  • a-grounded out for Correa in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano 2 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Negron, R. Cano 2 (2), N. Cruz, K. Seager 2 (2), R. Healy 2 (2), C. Herrmann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (12), Y. Gurriel (32), T. Kemp (15)
  • HR - M. Gonzalez (16)
  • RBI - G. Springer (64), J. Altuve (58), M. Gonzalez 2 (66), T. White (40), K. Tucker (4), B. McCann (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez 2 (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, Y. Gurriel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Altuve (17)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Span (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (L, 10-10)6.16550314.101.263.5
C. Bradford0.20000003.331.230.0
N. Rumbelow1.01222207.531.67-1.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (L, 10-10)6.1
C. Bradford0.2
N. Rumbelow1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. James (W, 1-0)5.14002702.811.0019.5
T. Sipp0.10001002.061.14-1.0
W. Harris (H, 15)1.10000003.641.103.0
C. McHugh1.01001002.120.911.0
C. Devenski1.01000104.221.242.5
PITCHERSIP
J. James (W, 1-0)5.1
T. Sipp0.1
W. Harris (H, 15)1.1
C. McHugh1.0
C. Devenski1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Leake (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 81-60, C. Bradford 4-4, N. Rumbelow 27-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 7-9, C. Bradford 1-1, N. Rumbelow 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 26, C. Bradford 2, N. Rumbelow 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. James 87-55, T. Sipp 12-7, W. Harris 15-7, C. McHugh 20-10, C. Devenski 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. James 2-7, W. Harris 2-2, C. McHugh 1-2, C. Devenski 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. James 22, T. Sipp 2, W. Harris 4, C. McHugh 5, C. Devenski 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger CF-RF40100000.282.364.490.8541.0
a- K. Negron PH10000011.385.385.6151.000-0.5
J. Segura SS40000012.304.339.415.754-0.5
R. Cano 1B-2B40300002.284.362.440.8025.0
N. Cruz DH40000033.263.348.527.875-1.5
D. Span LF20000201.266.346.426.7722.0
K. Seager 3B30000113.220.273.397.6710.5
B. Gamel RF20100010.277.361.376.7370.5
b- R. Healy PH-1B20000002.243.280.426.7070.0
C. Herrmann C30100112.239.329.394.7241.5
D. Gordon 2B-CF30000001.269.289.335.6240.0
c- D. Vogelbach PH10000001.219.337.411.7480.0
Total3306004818-----
HITTERSAB
M. Haniger CF-RF4
a- K. Negron PH1
J. Segura SS4
R. Cano 1B-2B4
N. Cruz DH4
D. Span LF2
K. Seager 3B3
B. Gamel RF2
b- R. Healy PH-1B2
C. Herrmann C3
D. Gordon 2B-CF3
c- D. Vogelbach PH1
Total33
  • a-struck out for Haniger in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Gamel in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Gordon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF41110001.266.346.430.7753.0
M. Straw RF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Altuve 2B31010111.316.386.454.8404.5
A. Bregman 3B40000012.290.396.543.939-0.5
J. Davis 3B00000000.174.245.233.4770.0
M. Gonzalez LF-SS32221100.249.323.419.74210.0
T. White DH40110011.298.379.601.9802.5
C. Correa SS30000001.238.323.400.7230.0
a- K. Tucker PH-LF10010001.151.250.208.4581.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41100012.278.313.406.7192.5
B. McCann C21110000.206.302.309.6114.0
T. Kemp CF31100011.283.371.425.7962.5
J. Marisnick CF00000000.205.264.379.6440.0
Total3177712510-----
  • a-grounded out for Correa in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano 2 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Negron, R. Cano 2 (2), N. Cruz, K. Seager 2 (2), R. Healy 2 (2), C. Herrmann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (12), Y. Gurriel (32), T. Kemp (15)
  • HR - M. Gonzalez (16)
  • RBI - G. Springer (64), J. Altuve (58), M. Gonzalez 2 (66), T. White (40), K. Tucker (4), B. McCann (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez 2 (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, Y. Gurriel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Altuve (17)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Span (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (L, 10-10)6.16550314.101.263.5
C. Bradford0.20000003.331.230.0
N. Rumbelow1.01222207.531.67-1.0
Total8.0777251---
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (L, 10-10)6.1
C. Bradford0.2
N. Rumbelow1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. James (W, 1-0)5.14002702.811.0019.5
T. Sipp0.10001002.061.14-1.0
W. Harris (H, 15)1.10000003.641.103.0
C. McHugh1.01001002.120.911.0
C. Devenski1.01000104.221.242.5
Total9.0600480---
PITCHERSIP
J. James (W, 1-0)5.1
T. Sipp0.1
W. Harris (H, 15)1.1
C. McHugh1.0
C. Devenski1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Leake (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 81-60, C. Bradford 4-4, N. Rumbelow 27-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 7-9, C. Bradford 1-1, N. Rumbelow 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 26, C. Bradford 2, N. Rumbelow 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. James 87-55, T. Sipp 12-7, W. Harris 15-7, C. McHugh 20-10, C. Devenski 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. James 2-7, W. Harris 2-2, C. McHugh 1-2, C. Devenski 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. James 22, T. Sipp 2, W. Harris 4, C. McHugh 5, C. Devenski 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Tucker grounded out to second, Gonzalez scored, White to third07
    White doubled to left center, Altuve scored, Gonzalez to third06
  • 7TH INNING
    McCann singled to center, Gurriel scored05
  • 3RD INNING
    Gonzalez homered to left, Springer scored04
    Altuve grounded out to third, Kemp scored02
    Springer singled to left center, McCann scored, Kemp to third, Springer to second on left fielder Span fielding error01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J.D. Davis at third base
    • Myles Straw in right field
    • Chris Devenski relieved Collin McHugh
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy lined out to second
    • C. Herrmann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrmann singled to right center
    • Daniel Vogelbach hit for Dee Gordon
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded out to first, Herrmann to second
    • Kristopher Negron hit for Mitch Haniger
    • K. Negron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Collin McHugh relieved Will Harris
    • Jake Marisnick in center field
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Segura flied out to right
    • R. Cano: Cano doubled to deep right center
    • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cruz grounded out to shortstop, Cano to third
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Rumbelow relieved Chasen Bradford
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
    • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging, Altuve stole second
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • T. White: Strike looking, White doubled to left center, Altuve scored, Gonzalez to third
    • Kyle Tucker hit for Carlos Correa
    • K. Tucker: Strike swinging, Tucker grounded out to second, Gonzalez scored, White to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Harris Pitching:
    • C. Herrmann: Strike swinging, Ball, Herrmann grounded out to second
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Correa fouled out to right
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel doubled to right center
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to center, Gurriel scored
    • Chasen Bradford relieved Mike Leake
    • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Kemp flied out to right
    • G. Springer: Foul, Springer grounded into fielder's choice to third, McCann out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano doubled to right
    • N. Cruz: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • Tony Sipp relieved Josh James
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Span flied out to center
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager walked
    • Ryon Healy hit for Ben Gamel
    • Will Harris relieved Tony Sipp
    • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Bregman grounded out to second
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • T. White: Strike looking, White grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gordon fouled out to left
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Haniger popped out to third
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
    • G. Springer: Springer flied out to deep right
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager lined out to left
    • B. Gamel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel singled to left, Span to second
    • C. Herrmann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa fouled out to first
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrmann walked
    • D. Gordon: Gordon flied out to center
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger reached on an infield single to shortstop, Herrmann to second
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann hit by pitch
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp doubled to deep right, McCann to third
    • G. Springer: Springer singled to left center, McCann scored, Kemp to third, Springer to second on left fielder Span fielding error
    • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third, Kemp scored
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez homered to left, Springer scored
    • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Span fouled out to third
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
    • T. White: Strike looking, White popped out to second
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Correa flied out to center
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. James Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
    • J. Segura: Segura flied out to deep right
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano singled to center
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer lined out to center
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
    • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)