Verlander, Astros win 7-2 at Rangers after 2 quick homers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman homered on consecutive fastballs for the Houston Astros before the game's first out, giving Justin Verlander a three-run lead before he even took the mound.

Add in a few doubles, including one by George Springer that should have been a home run, and the Astros won for the 11th time in 12 games with a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

''Boys did a great job tonight. Putting runs up early and often is a great recipe for success,'' Verlander said. ''Once we got a big lead, I just kind of pulled back a little bit trying to go in energy conversation mode, just hit some spots and try to get deep in the game.''

Verlander (3-0) limited the Rangers to one run and three hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

''He's a very smart guy. He never throws you the same thing more than once,'' Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said. ''He's constantly changing timing of a hitter, velocity. Keep it high and low. You never feel comfortable.''

Texas didn't get a runner to second base until the fifth inning. The Rangers, whose four-game winning streak had been the longest in the AL, got their only runs on solo homers by Danny Santana in the sixth and Joey Gallo, who hit a towering blast measured at 442 feet in the ninth.

Springer doubled twice, including one that appeared to clear the wall and ricochet back onto the field. Instead of a homer, after a crew chief review requested by manager AJ Hinch, Springer had one of Houston's four doubles in a three-run fifth inning that made it 7-0.

''I thought it hit the pole behind it, but sometimes they're attached to the wall,'' Hinch said. ''(The umpires) just said they didn't confirm the call.''

There were two on and two outs when Springer's liner bounced off a metal railing just beyond the 8-foot wall in the right field corner. It was initially ruled a double, and that call stood after the replay review.

Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel had consecutive doubles to open the fifth for the Astros.

Springer led off the game against Drew Smyly (0-2) with a double and scored when Altuve homered off the left field pole. Bregman went deep on the next pitch to make it 3-0 before the first out.

''I think they just came out early kind of ambushing, looking for fastballs and I gave up three straight hits off it for double, home run, home run,'' Smyly said. ''That really just set the tone for the game.''

Smyly struck out eight but walked three and allowed four runs while throwing 102 pitches in his 3 2/3 innings. The lefty has pitched only 15 innings in his four starts for the Rangers, after spending last season in the Chicago Cubs organization rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he had in July 2017.

''You could see how more effective he was when he started mixing up his pitches,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''Eight strikeouts in 3 2/3 shows he had them off balance.''

EARLY TURNAROUND

The Astros were 2-5 a week into this season after losing two of three at Texas. They followed that with a 10-game winning streak that pushed them back into the AL West lead, and were coming off their first loss since they got back to Globe Life Park for the second time already this season.

SHORT HOPS

The Astros had a season high 13 strikeouts against the first three Rangers pitchers. ... Altuve, who also had an RBI single, and has seven HRs and 14 RBIs his last 10 games. ... Rangers LHP Brett Martin, called up before the game, made his big league debut with a perfect ninth on nine pitches.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-2, 3.24) has 36 strikeouts and only six walks in his first four starts. He lost at the Rangers on April 3, when he allowed three runs and four hits over six innings.

Rangers: Adrian Sampson (0-1, 5.93) makes his second start filling in the rotation spot of Edinson Volquez, who is on the injured list. Sampson allowed seven runs pitching into the seventh Sunday against Oakland.

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  • W: J. Verlander (3-0)L: D. Smyly (0-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (8), A. Bregman (3), TEX - D. Santana (1), J. Gallo (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF31210211.270.368.527.8957.5
J. Altuve 2B51231024.316.361.6581.0198.0
A. Bregman 3B51211023.295.389.492.8816.0
M. Brantley LF41100100.296.367.437.8046.0
C. Correa SS51110013.267.353.467.8203.5
Y. Gurriel 1B31110201.309.368.500.8686.0
T. White DH40000034.212.333.242.576-1.5
R. Chirinos C41200022.250.358.500.8582.0
J. Marisnick CF40000023.290.353.452.805-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH30000102.328.435.5691.0041.0
    D. Santana 2B41111012.278.278.611.8895.5
    E. Andrus SS40000001.365.390.568.9570.0
    N. Mazara RF40000021.211.308.386.694-1.0
    J. Gallo LF41211010.246.368.6491.0176.5
    A. Cabrera 3B30000121.220.299.559.8580.0
    L. Forsythe 1B30000101.225.354.300.6541.0
    J. Mathis C30000021.100.129.200.329-1.0
    D. DeShields CF20100111.213.373.319.6922.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer 2 (4), M. Brantley (4), C. Correa (6), Y. Gurriel (8)
      • HR - J. Altuve (8), A. Bregman (3)
      • RBI - G. Springer (15), J. Altuve 3 (16), A. Bregman (8), C. Correa (8), Y. Gurriel (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer, J. Altuve (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), A. Bregman 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, T. White, R. Chirinos 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields (2)
      • HR - D. Santana, J. Gallo (7)
      • RBI - D. Santana (4), J. Gallo (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana, N. Mazara, A. Cabrera, D. DeShields
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (James-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - G. Springer
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Andrus-Santana; Cabrera-Santana-Forsythe)
      • E - D. Santana 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 3-0)7.03113813.001.0028.0
      C. Devenski1.00000102.571.293.5
      R. Guduan0.111110127.007.50-3.0
      J. James0.20000005.911.220.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 3-0)7.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      R. Guduan0.1
      J. James0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Smyly (L, 0-2)3.25443827.801.93-4.0
      J. Gomez0.24330207.112.05-6.0
      K. Dowdy3.22002303.481.266.5
      B. Martin1.00000000.000.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Smyly (L, 0-2)3.2
      J. Gomez0.2
      K. Dowdy3.2
      B. Martin1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-71, C. Devenski 10-6, R. Guduan 13-6, J. James 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 1-12, C. Devenski 2-0, J. James 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, C. Devenski 3, R. Guduan 3, J. James
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Smyly (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 102-60, J. Gomez 22-16, K. Dowdy 57-32, B. Martin 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 2-2, K. Dowdy 3-3, B. Martin 3-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 20, J. Gomez 6, K. Dowdy 13, B. Martin 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF31210211.270.368.527.8957.5
      J. Altuve 2B51231024.316.361.6581.0198.0
      A. Bregman 3B51211023.295.389.492.8816.0
      M. Brantley LF41100100.296.367.437.8046.0
      C. Correa SS51110013.267.353.467.8203.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B31110201.309.368.500.8686.0
      T. White DH40000034.212.333.242.576-1.5
      R. Chirinos C41200022.250.358.500.8582.0
      J. Marisnick CF40000023.290.353.452.805-1.0
      Total377117251321-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo DH30000102.328.435.5691.0041.0
        D. Santana 2B41111012.278.278.611.8895.5
        E. Andrus SS40000001.365.390.568.9570.0
        N. Mazara RF40000021.211.308.386.694-1.0
        J. Gallo LF41211010.246.368.6491.0176.5
        A. Cabrera 3B30000121.220.299.559.8580.0
        L. Forsythe 1B30000101.225.354.300.6541.0
        J. Mathis C30000021.100.129.200.329-1.0
        D. DeShields CF20100111.213.373.319.6922.5
        Total3024224910-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Springer 2 (4), M. Brantley (4), C. Correa (6), Y. Gurriel (8)
          • HR - J. Altuve (8), A. Bregman (3)
          • RBI - G. Springer (15), J. Altuve 3 (16), A. Bregman (8), C. Correa (8), Y. Gurriel (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer, J. Altuve (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), A. Bregman 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, T. White, R. Chirinos 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. DeShields (2)
          • HR - D. Santana, J. Gallo (7)
          • RBI - D. Santana (4), J. Gallo (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana, N. Mazara, A. Cabrera, D. DeShields
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Brantley (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (James-Altuve-Gurriel)
          • E - G. Springer
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Andrus-Santana; Cabrera-Santana-Forsythe)
          • E - D. Santana 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 3-0)7.03113813.001.0028.0
          C. Devenski1.00000102.571.293.5
          R. Guduan0.111110127.007.50-3.0
          J. James0.20000005.911.220.0
          Total9.0422492---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 3-0)7.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          R. Guduan0.1
          J. James0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Smyly (L, 0-2)3.25443827.801.93-4.0
          J. Gomez0.24330207.112.05-6.0
          K. Dowdy3.22002303.481.266.5
          B. Martin1.00000000.000.003.0
          Total9.011775132---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Smyly (L, 0-2)3.2
          J. Gomez0.2
          K. Dowdy3.2
          B. Martin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-71, C. Devenski 10-6, R. Guduan 13-6, J. James 4-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 1-12, C. Devenski 2-0, J. James 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, C. Devenski 3, R. Guduan 3, J. James
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Smyly (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 102-60, J. Gomez 22-16, K. Dowdy 57-32, B. Martin 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 2-2, K. Dowdy 3-3, B. Martin 3-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 20, J. Gomez 6, K. Dowdy 13, B. Martin 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Gallo homered to right72
          • 6TH INNING
            Santana homered to right center71
          • 5TH INNING
            Springer doubled to deep right, Gurriel scored, Chirinos to third70
            Gurriel doubled to deep left, Correa scored60
            Correa doubled to right, Brantley scored50
          • 2ND INNING
            Altuve singled to left center, Chirinos scored40
          • 1ST INNING
            Bregman homered to left center30
            Altuve homered to left, Springer scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brett Martin relieved Kyle Dowdy
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded out to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike (foul tip), Gurriel grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Reymin Guduan relieved Chris Devenski
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara lined out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo homered to right
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • Josh James relieved Reymin Guduan
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to second, Cabrera out at second
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. Dowdy Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second, Springer out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Justin Verlander
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Choo grounded out to first
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • K. Dowdy Pitching:
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, White grounded out to third
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marisnick lined out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul on right fielder Springer dropped ball error, Foul, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • J. Mathis: Mathis flied out to right
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Dowdy Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa lined out to shortstop, Bregman out at second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana homered to right center
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus lined out to first
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Mazara lined out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Gomez Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley doubled to right
            • C. Correa: Correa doubled to right, Brantley scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep left, Correa scored
            • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos singled to left, Gurriel to third
            • Kyle Dowdy relieved Jeanmar Gomez
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Springer doubled to deep right, Gurriel scored, Chirinos to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Forsythe flied out to left
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: DeShields doubled to left center
            • S. Choo: Choo flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Drew Smyly
            • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep center
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Gallo singled to right
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley safe at first on 2nd baseman Santana fielding error, Brantley to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa lined out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Brantley stole third, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to center
            • D. Santana: Santana lined out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos singled to center
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marisnick flied out to deep center
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos to second on wild pitch, Ball, Altuve singled to left center, Chirinos scored
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo flied out to center
            • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Cabrera lined out to center
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer doubled to deep left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to left, Springer scored
            • A. Bregman: Bregman homered to left center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • T. White: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, White struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana lined out to center
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus reached on fielder's choice to third, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)