Verlander dominates Twins in Astros' 7-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) Watching Wade Miley go right at the Minnesota Twins' lineup the night before inspired Justin Verlander.

The right-hander followed suit and pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

''He's done this for over a decade,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''He knows how to finish his outings strong and control the game when he's got the lead. I've said before, he's a good pitcher all the time, he's a really tough guy to come back on when he has the lead.''

Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco crushed a pitch into the second deck in right field in the fourth inning for the Twins' lone run. Verlander retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.

''We talk about it all the time: when you show up and face guys of this caliber, you generally can't play good, you generally have to play a great game, have great at bats and pitch and play defense,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''We played fine tonight. This was a day, though, where we just got beat.''

The right-hander gave up one run and four hits while striking out eight for his seventh-straight win dating back to last season.

In Verlander's last three starts, he has given up three runs in 21 innings with 27 strikeouts.

''I think the last few starts have been right where I want to be,'' Verlander said. ''The first few was tinkering, working on some things. I've settled in and I think found my rhythm.''

In the second inning, Correa lined the first pitch he saw off the foul pole in right field for his third home run in the last four games.

Brantley extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer in the third inning, making it 3-0. Reddick added a two-run shot in the eighth.

''I'm doing alright, I take it one game at a time,'' Brantley said. ''Good, bad or indifferent, I come in with a positive attitude and just try to do the best I can for my team.''

This was the first time Kohl Stewart (0-1), who was making his 2019 season debut, had given up two home runs in a single outing in his career. It was his first appearance since last Sept. 25.

Stewart finished giving up five runs and eight hits, striking out one and walking three in six innings.

''There's a couple things I did well,'' Stewart said. ''Obviously, I fell behind a couple too many guys. I had to try to get back into counts. A couple heaters that might have gotten too much plate that they got into the air.''

In the fourth, the Astros tacked on two more runs on a double by Robinson Chirinos, who later scored on a wild pitch, making it 5-1.

''In the middle of the order, at the end of the order and everywhere in between, when we're at our best we are tough to get through,'' Hinch said. ''I like that part of it, that there was a lot of contributions.''

FLAWLESS FIRST

For the first time since April 19, the Astros' starting pitcher didn't allow a first-inning run. Houston had been outscored 13-0 in the first inning in the previous four games.

''I think over the last four days the best part for anybody was if it even crossed your mind was to throw it right back out because you didn't want to have bad vibes of another first-inning deficit,'' Reddick said. ''I don't think we thought about it. It was good to have a lead for the first time early on.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Twins recalled Stewart and Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester after Tuesday's game. Romero also made his season debut pitching two innings of relief, giving up two runs. To make room, Minnesota sent down outfielder Jake Cave and right-hander Tyler Duffey to Rochester.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 5-31 ERA) will look to stay perfect as he opens the series against the Orioles on Friday. Perez is 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA against them.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 5.22 ERA) will open a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday. Cole is looking to bounce back from one of his worst starts of his career after giving up nine runs against the Rangers on April 20.

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  • W: J. Verlander (4-0)L: K. Stewart (0-1)
  • HR: MIN - J. Polanco (5), HOU - M. Brantley (5), J. Reddick (3), C. Correa (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Polanco SS41111010.366.424.6951.1195.5
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C. Cron 1B40000012.232.274.406.680-0.5
M. Gonzalez 3B30000010.169.239.231.470-0.5
W. Astudillo RF30100000.298.314.511.8241.0
E. Adrianza 2B30100021.161.206.161.3670.0
J. Castro C30000022.200.375.360.735-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF40100000.284.378.558.9361.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000001.277.330.585.9150.0
    A. Bregman 3B31100100.316.432.539.9714.0
    M. Brantley DH32221101.315.373.533.90510.0
    C. Correa SS41111012.268.333.549.8825.5
    J. Reddick LF32221100.386.427.543.9709.0
    A. Diaz 1B40100001.226.250.484.7341.0
    R. Chirinos C41210011.273.364.509.8734.5
    J. Marisnick CF30000013.282.333.436.769-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (5)
      • HR - J. Polanco (5)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, C. Cron 2 (2), J. Castro
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (5), R. Chirinos (7)
      • HR - M. Brantley (5), C. Correa (5), J. Reddick (3)
      • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (18), C. Correa (13), J. Reddick 2 (6), R. Chirinos (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, C. Correa, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Reddick
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Polanco-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Stewart (L, 0-1)6.08553127.501.83-2.5
      F. Romero2.022202111.251.503.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Stewart (L, 0-1)6.0
      F. Romero2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 4-0)8.04110812.610.8933.0
      F. Valdez1.00001204.261.583.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 4-0)8.0
      F. Valdez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Stewart 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 105-60, F. Romero 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 11-4, F. Romero 3-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 27, F. Romero 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 98-69, F. Valdez 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-12, F. Valdez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, F. Valdez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Kepler CF40000011.236.321.403.724-0.5
      J. Polanco SS41111010.366.424.6951.1195.5
      N. Cruz DH40000010.279.405.492.897-0.5
      E. Rosario LF30100110.276.323.6781.0012.5
      C. Cron 1B40000012.232.274.406.680-0.5
      M. Gonzalez 3B30000010.169.239.231.470-0.5
      W. Astudillo RF30100000.298.314.511.8241.0
      E. Adrianza 2B30100021.161.206.161.3670.0
      J. Castro C30000022.200.375.360.735-1.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer RF40100000.284.378.558.9361.0
        J. Altuve 2B40000001.277.330.585.9150.0
        A. Bregman 3B31100100.316.432.539.9714.0
        M. Brantley DH32221101.315.373.533.90510.0
        C. Correa SS41111012.268.333.549.8825.5
        J. Reddick LF32221100.386.427.543.9709.0
        A. Diaz 1B40100001.226.250.484.7341.0
        R. Chirinos C41210011.273.364.509.8734.5
        J. Marisnick CF30000013.282.333.436.769-0.5
        Total3271063339-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Rosario (5)
          • HR - J. Polanco (5)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, C. Cron 2 (2), J. Castro
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (5), R. Chirinos (7)
          • HR - M. Brantley (5), C. Correa (5), J. Reddick (3)
          • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (18), C. Correa (13), J. Reddick 2 (6), R. Chirinos (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, C. Correa, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Reddick
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Adrianza-Polanco-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Stewart (L, 0-1)6.08553127.501.83-2.5
          F. Romero2.022202111.251.503.0
          Total8.01077333---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Stewart (L, 0-1)6.0
          F. Romero2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 4-0)8.04110812.610.8933.0
          F. Valdez1.00001204.261.583.0
          Total9.04111101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 4-0)8.0
          F. Valdez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Stewart 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 105-60, F. Romero 26-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 11-4, F. Romero 3-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 27, F. Romero 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 98-69, F. Valdez 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-12, F. Valdez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, F. Valdez 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Reddick homered to left, Brantley scored17
          • 4TH INNING
            Chirinos scored on wild pitch15
            Chirinos doubled to deep right, Reddick scored14
            Polanco homered to right13
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley homered to right center, Bregman scored03
          • 2ND INNING
            Correa homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Framber Valdez relieved Justin Verlander
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Astudillo flied out to center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza singled to right center
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to first, Adrianza out at second
            • M. Kepler: Strike (foul tip), Kepler grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Romero Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to shallow center
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reddick homered to left, Brantley scored
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Rosario popped out to shortstop
            • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron lined out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Romero relieved Kohl Stewart
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco lined out to right
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cruz lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick singled to shallow right
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Reddick caught stealing second, catcher to second, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Chirinos reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Marisnick grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo singled to right center
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve flied out to right
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler flied out to right
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco homered to right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cruz flied out to deep center
            • E. Rosario: Rosario doubled to shallow right
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick walked
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop, Reddick to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos doubled to deep right, Reddick scored
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Chirinos to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Chirinos scored on wild pitch, Springer flied out to deep center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Astudillo flied out to left
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to left center
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Springer out at second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • M. Brantley: Brantley homered to right center, Bregman scored
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron lined out to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Correa homered to right
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick lined out to third
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to shallow center
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded out to shortstop, Diaz to second
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Cruz lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to shallow right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)