Altuve, Bregman help Astros rally for 10-4 win over Twins

HOUSTON (AP) After losing three straight games following tough first innings by his starters, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch thought his team was in for another long night on Tuesday after Wade Miley allowed three runs in the first.

But instead, Miley shook off his bad start to get on track and help the Astros end a three-game skid with a victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Alex Bregman added three RBIs in the 10-4 victory.

The game was tied in the seventh when Trevor Hildenberger (2-1) allowed a single to Tyler White before issuing consecutive walks to Altuve and George Springer to load the bases with one out. Bregman's sacrifice fly to right field put Houston up 5-4 and chased Hildenberger.

Adalberto Mejia took over and the Astros added an insurance run on an RBI single by Michael Brantley. The Astros turned a close game into a rout with a four-run eighth highlighted by Altuve's ninth home run this season. All the runs in that inning were unearned because of errors by shortstop Jorge Polanco and pitcher Tyler Duffey and a passed ball by Mitch Garver.

Houston had been foiled by big first innings in a three-game losing streak with its starters allowing a combined 10 runs in the opening frame. The first-inning trouble continued on Tuesday when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer off Miley with one out in the inning.

But Miley didn't let the game snowball after that, settling down to retire 17 of the next 18, including 15 straight after a double by Jonathan Schoop to start the second inning that gave the Astros a chance to get back in it.

''Feel a little snake bitten in the first inning,'' Hinch said. ''But we're never out of it, obviously, and we came on pretty strong at the end of the game especially once they came back and tied the game. But let's hope the first-inning issues end tomorrow.''

Miley, who was the first left-handed starter the Twins have faced this season, yielded three hits and three runs while striking out seven in six innings for his 21st straight start where he allowed three earned runs or fewer.

''He did a really nice job. He moved the ball around. He kept us off-balance,'' Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''After putting together a nice first inning and jumping ahead, I think he looked like he felt pretty good out there with what he was doing.''

Hector Rondon (2-0) allowed three hits and a run in the seventh for the win.

Miley, who is in his first season in Houston, said that Springer told him in spring training that if he could keep it close when he pitches that the offense would always give the team a chance to win. And the lefty remembered those words after the first on Tuesday night.

''My job was just to try and keep it right there and we did,'' he said. ''We bounced back, put some runs together, put some big innings together and blew it up in the end. That's what this team is capable of.''

Minnesota starter Michael Pineda allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Twins saw a four-game winning streak end.

The Astros cut the lead to 3-1 in the third on an RBI single by Springer.

Houston trailed by two with one out in the fifth when Springer hit a run-scoring double on a grounder down the left field line to get the Astros within 3-2. There were two outs when Bregman's single to left scored two to put the Astros on top 4-3.

Houston's pitchers had sat down 17 straight Twins when Schoop doubled off Rondon with two outs in the seventh. Max Kepler followed with an RBI single that tied it at 4-4. Byron Buxton singled and stole second base, but Brantley made a leaping catch near the wall in left field to grab a ball hit by Garver to end the inning.

SLUGGING ALTUVE

Altuve leads the team and is tied for second in the American League in homers. He hit just 13 last season and his career-high is 24 which he hit in both 2016 and 2017. The 2017 AL MVP isn't sure where his unprecedented power surge to start the season has come from.

''I don't know,'' he said. ''I'm a little scared about it ... it's not me.''

The 5-foot-6 Altuve, whose home run landed on the train tracks atop left field, shook his head when asked about how far that homer traveled on Tuesday night.

''That's all I have,'' he said smiling. ''Don't expect any more than that.''

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kohl Stewart is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start the finale on Wednesday. Stewart, who is from Houston, was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (3-0, 3.00 ERA) will start for Houston on Wednesday. Verlander allowed three hits and one run in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Rangers in his last start.

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  • W: H. Rondon (2-0)L: T. Hildenberger (2-1)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (10), HOU - J. Altuve (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Garver C41100023.405.436.9191.3551.0
J. Polanco SS40000011.372.432.6791.111-0.5
N. Cruz DH31000110.298.429.526.9551.5
E. Rosario LF41131010.274.315.679.9937.5
C. Cron 1B40000010.246.290.431.721-0.5
M. Gonzalez 3B40000010.177.250.242.492-0.5
J. Schoop 2B41200010.282.338.549.8874.5
M. Kepler RF30110011.250.338.426.7641.5
B. Buxton CF30100001.284.333.493.8263.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF32220212.286.383.571.9558.5
    J. Altuve 2B41131125.289.343.611.9558.0
    A. Bregman 3B30130102.315.429.534.9635.0
    M. Brantley LF50110002.303.357.494.8522.0
    C. Correa SS40200012.269.337.526.8632.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B41000012.262.323.417.7390.5
    J. Reddick RF42200002.373.408.493.9015.0
    T. White DH22200100.297.435.351.7865.0
    J. Marisnick PR-DH12010001.306.359.472.8313.0
    M. Stassi C40100015.115.148.231.3790.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Schoop 2 (7)
      • HR - E. Rosario (10)
      • RBI - E. Rosario 3 (23), M. Kepler (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (5), C. Correa (8), J. Reddick (2)
      • HR - J. Altuve (9)
      • SF - A. Bregman (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (20), J. Altuve 3 (20), A. Bregman 3 (12), M. Brantley (16), J. Marisnick (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 3 (7), A. Bregman 2 (8), M. Brantley (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, M. Brantley 2 (2), C. Correa 2 (2), J. Reddick
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Buxton (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (4)
      • DP - 2 (Polanco-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
      • E - T. Duffey, J. Polanco (3)
      • PB - M. Garver (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda5.18442405.631.383.0
      R. Harper0.20000002.701.000.0
      T. Hildenberger (L, 2-1)0.21222002.161.44-10.0
      A. Mejia0.01000007.201.60-1.0
      T. Duffey1.12401211.691.311.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda5.1
      R. Harper0.2
      T. Hildenberger (L, 2-1)0.2
      A. Mejia0.0
      T. Duffey1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley6.03331713.581.0817.5
      H. Rondon (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.03110102.081.156.5
      R. Pressly (H, 5)1.00000100.000.313.5
      W. Harris1.00000000.000.783.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley6.0
      H. Rondon (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 5)1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 86-57, R. Harper 6-4, T. Hildenberger 21-12, A. Mejia 2-2, T. Duffey 37-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 5-4, R. Harper 1-1, T. Hildenberger 1-1, T. Duffey 4-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 23, R. Harper 2, T. Hildenberger 5, A. Mejia, T. Duffey 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 87-57, H. Rondon 15-11, R. Pressly 17-11, W. Harris 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 6-5, H. Rondon 1-1, R. Pressly 2-0, W. Harris 2-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, H. Rondon 6, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN13-8
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Garver C41100023.405.436.9191.3551.0
      J. Polanco SS40000011.372.432.6791.111-0.5
      N. Cruz DH31000110.298.429.526.9551.5
      E. Rosario LF41131010.274.315.679.9937.5
      C. Cron 1B40000010.246.290.431.721-0.5
      M. Gonzalez 3B40000010.177.250.242.492-0.5
      J. Schoop 2B41200010.282.338.549.8874.5
      M. Kepler RF30110011.250.338.426.7641.5
      B. Buxton CF30100001.284.333.493.8263.0
      Total334641196-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF32220212.286.383.571.9558.5
        J. Altuve 2B41131125.289.343.611.9558.0
        A. Bregman 3B30130102.315.429.534.9635.0
        M. Brantley LF50110002.303.357.494.8522.0
        C. Correa SS40200012.269.337.526.8632.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B41000012.262.323.417.7390.5
        J. Reddick RF42200002.373.408.493.9015.0
        T. White DH22200100.297.435.351.7865.0
        J. Marisnick PR-DH12010001.306.359.472.8313.0
        M. Stassi C40100015.115.148.231.3790.5
        Total3410121015623-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Schoop 2 (7)
          • HR - E. Rosario (10)
          • RBI - E. Rosario 3 (23), M. Kepler (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Springer (5), C. Correa (8), J. Reddick (2)
          • HR - J. Altuve (9)
          • SF - A. Bregman (2)
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (20), J. Altuve 3 (20), A. Bregman 3 (12), M. Brantley (16), J. Marisnick (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 3 (7), A. Bregman 2 (8), M. Brantley (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, M. Brantley 2 (2), C. Correa 2 (2), J. Reddick
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Buxton (5)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (4)
          • DP - 2 (Polanco-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
          • E - T. Duffey, J. Polanco (3)
          • PB - M. Garver (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda5.18442405.631.383.0
          R. Harper0.20000002.701.000.0
          T. Hildenberger (L, 2-1)0.21222002.161.44-10.0
          A. Mejia0.01000007.201.60-1.0
          T. Duffey1.12401211.691.311.0
          Total8.012106561---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda5.1
          R. Harper0.2
          T. Hildenberger (L, 2-1)0.2
          A. Mejia0.0
          T. Duffey1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley6.03331713.581.0817.5
          H. Rondon (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.03110102.081.156.5
          R. Pressly (H, 5)1.00000100.000.313.5
          W. Harris1.00000000.000.783.0
          Total9.0644191---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley6.0
          H. Rondon (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.0
          R. Pressly (H, 5)1.0
          W. Harris1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 86-57, R. Harper 6-4, T. Hildenberger 21-12, A. Mejia 2-2, T. Duffey 37-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 5-4, R. Harper 1-1, T. Hildenberger 1-1, T. Duffey 4-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 23, R. Harper 2, T. Hildenberger 5, A. Mejia, T. Duffey 9
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 87-57, H. Rondon 15-11, R. Pressly 17-11, W. Harris 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 6-5, H. Rondon 1-1, R. Pressly 2-0, W. Harris 2-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, H. Rondon 6, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Altuve homered to left, Reddick and Marisnick scored410
            Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gurriel scored, Reddick to second on Duffey throwing error47
          • 7TH INNING
            Brantley singled to left, Springer scored, Altuve to second46
            Bregman hit sacrifice fly to right, Marisnick scored, Springer to third45
            Kepler singled to right center, Schoop scored44
          • 5TH INNING
            Bregman singled to deep left, White and Springer scored, Bregman out at second34
            Springer doubled to deep left, Reddick scored, White to third32
          • 3RD INNING
            Springer singled to center, White scored, Stassi to second31
          • 1ST INNING
            Rosario homered to left, Garver and Cruz scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Ryan Pressly
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Hector Rondon
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Polanco fielding error
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Gurriel to third
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gurriel scored, Reddick to second on Duffey throwing error
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Reddick to third, Marisnick to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve homered to left, Reddick and Marisnick scored
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Hector Rondon relieved Wade Miley
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Schoop: Schoop doubled to deep right center
            • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to right center, Schoop scored
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton singled to right, Kepler to third
            • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Buxton stole second, Garver flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Ryne Harper
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, White singled to center
            • Jake Marisnick ran for Tyler White
            • M. Stassi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Stassi grounded out to shortstop, Marisnick to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Marisnick to third, Springer to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman hit sacrifice fly to right, Marisnick scored, Springer to third
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to left, Springer scored, Altuve to second
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Adalberto Mejia
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to catcher, Altuve to third, Brantley to second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz lined out to first
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Correa doubled to deep left
            • Ryne Harper relieved Michael Pineda
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to right, Correa to third
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Buxton grounded out to second
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick doubled to left
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, White singled to right, Reddick to third
            • M. Stassi: Stassi flied out to right
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Springer doubled to deep left, Reddick scored, White to third
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to deep left, White and Springer scored, Bregman out at second
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to third
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to deep right
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi singled to center, White to second
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Springer singled to center, White scored, Stassi to second
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Stassi to third, Springer out at second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop doubled to deep left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • B. Buxton: Buxton flied out to center
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Correa singled to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel popped out to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded into double play shortstop to first, Correa out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked, Garver to second
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario homered to left, Garver and Cruz scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron grounded out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • A. Bregman: Bregman fouled out to first
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)