Alvarez, Cole help Astros sweep Mariners with 6-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) After sitting out two days nursing a sore left knee, Yordan Alvarez didn't waste any time getting back to work in his return to the Houston Astros' lineup on Sunday.

The rookie drove in three runs to back up seven strong innings by Gerrit Cole and help the Astros to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners to complete a three-game sweep.

''He's a difference maker in the middle of the order when he gets pitches to hit and hits them hard,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''It's nice to have him back obviously. He's still not moving around great ... but he made a huge impact today.''

The Mariners led 1-0 after J.P. Crawford homered into the bullpen in right-center with one out in the first.

George Springer drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning before a single by Jose Altuve and a walk by Alex Bregman loaded the bases. Alvarez then doubled on a line drive to right field to score two and put Houston up 2-1.

There was one out in the third when Bregman tripled to left field. Alvarez pushed the lead to 3-1 when he scored Bregman on a single to right field.

Cole (8-5), who allowed just four singles after the homer to Crawford, struck out 10 and walked one to win his fourth straight decision. Cole leads the American League with 151 strikeouts this season.

Cole was asked about throwing 100 mph in the seventh inning when his pitch count was already over 100.

''I just like to leave it out there,'' he said. ''I just like to feel like I put in a good day's work. When you get that privilege to go back out and you get the leash to go over 100 pitches you respect that. You respect the guys that have been battling for you for the previous seven innings to keep the score where it is. So, you just want to leave it out there and make sure you did everything you could.''

After consecutive one-run wins in the 10th inning, the Astros didn't need any late dramatics in this one. They padded the lead with a three-run eighth inning highlighted by a two-RBI single by Jake Marisnick.

Mariners starter Marco Gonzales (9-7) allowed six hits and three runs while walking three in five innings to snap a four-game winning streak in his first loss since June 2.

Domingo Santana had two hits for the Mariners, who lost their fourth straight overall and fell to 1-9 against the Astros this season.

''Our guys had good at-bats, very competitive games, you're one swing or one big hit away from getting over the hump and winning a couple of these games and we will,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''The experiences our guys are gaining right now are very valuable.''

Santana singled with one out in the fourth before a two-out single by Omar Narvaez. But Cole struck out Kyle Seager to end that inning.

Santana singled again with two outs in the sixth, but Cole retired the last four batters he faced with two strikeouts to end his day and keep the Mariners from cutting the deficit.

Collin McHugh got the first two outs in the eighth before Mallex Smith singled and Crawford walked to chase him. Ryan Pressly took over and struck out Santana to end the threat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was out of the lineup on Sunday after leaving Saturday night's game with a strained quadriceps.

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel sat out on Sunday to rest with a sore right ankle after he turned it on Saturday night. Hinch said he's fine, but that he thought he needed a day to recover after tweaking it running the bases in Saturday's win.

CRAWFORD'S WORK

With his home run on Sunday, Crawford has reached safely in 30 of his 33 games and is hitting .309 in that span.

''J.P.'s playing really well,'' Servais said. ''Doing everything defensively, the quality at-bats are really good. We need it to continue, he's in a good spot right now.''

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle is off on Monday before opening a three-game series with St. Louis on Tuesday where they'll start an opener who has yet to be announced.

Astros: Houston is also off on Monday before traveling to start a two-game series at Colorado on Tuesday. Hinch declined to say who will start for the Astros on Tuesday.

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  • W: G. Cole (8-5)L: M. Gonzales (9-7)
  • HR: SEA - J. Crawford (3)
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J. Crawford SS31111110.310.380.500.8806.5
D. Santana RF30200112.278.348.499.8462.5
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O. Narvaez DH40100030.288.363.458.821-0.5
K. Seager 3B40000022.218.315.379.694-1.0
T. Beckham 2B30100020.226.278.451.7290.0
T. Murphy C30000021.268.297.527.823-1.0
D. Moore LF30000001.197.299.325.623-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF-RF41000113.306.387.6171.0041.5
    J. Altuve 2B51310011.255.326.458.7844.5
    A. Bregman 3B41100102.266.391.532.9225.0
    Y. Alvarez DH30230100.317.406.7331.1397.0
    T. White 1B40000035.212.324.330.654-1.5
    J. Reddick RF-LF41200002.301.338.448.7853.0
    M. Stassi C41100014.179.236.239.4752.5
    M. Straw SS40100002.298.400.383.7831.0
    T. Kemp LF20100101.232.311.408.7192.0
    J. Marisnick CF11120000.256.312.477.7894.0
    G. Cole P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - J. Crawford (3)
      • RBI - J. Crawford (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), D. Vogelbach, K. Seager 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alvarez (4), M. Stassi
      • 3B - A. Bregman
      • RBI - J. Altuve (24), Y. Alvarez 3 (21), J. Marisnick 2 (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, A. Bregman, T. White 2 (2), M. Stassi 4 (4), T. Kemp
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Moore (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Crawford-Beckham-Vogelbach)
      • E - D. Santana (10)
      • PB - T. Murphy (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Straw-Bregman-White)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 9-7)5.06333504.391.400.5
      M. Wright3.06321108.281.940.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 9-7)5.0
      M. Wright3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 8-5)7.051111013.281.0429.0
      C. McHugh (H, 1)0.21001005.591.20-2.0
      R. Pressly (H, 20)0.10000101.470.740.5
      J. James1.00000304.571.284.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 8-5)7.0
      C. McHugh (H, 1)0.2
      R. Pressly (H, 20)0.1
      J. James1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Wright
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 104-67, M. Wright 50-31
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 4-5, M. Wright 2-6
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 23, M. Wright 16
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 109-74, C. McHugh 17-8, R. Pressly 5-3, J. James 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-4, C. McHugh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 25, C. McHugh 4, R. Pressly, J. James 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Smith CF40100010.230.300.362.6630.5
      J. Crawford SS31111110.310.380.500.8806.5
      D. Santana RF30200112.278.348.499.8462.5
      D. Vogelbach 1B40000023.244.379.519.898-1.0
      O. Narvaez DH40100030.288.363.458.821-0.5
      K. Seager 3B40000022.218.315.379.694-1.0
      T. Beckham 2B30100020.226.278.451.7290.0
      T. Murphy C30000021.268.297.527.823-1.0
      D. Moore LF30000001.197.299.325.623-1.0
      M. Gonzales P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      M. Wright P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF-RF41000113.306.387.6171.0041.5
        J. Altuve 2B51310011.255.326.458.7844.5
        A. Bregman 3B41100102.266.391.532.9225.0
        Y. Alvarez DH30230100.317.406.7331.1397.0
        T. White 1B40000035.212.324.330.654-1.5
        J. Reddick RF-LF41200002.301.338.448.7853.0
        M. Stassi C41100014.179.236.239.4752.5
        M. Straw SS40100002.298.400.383.7831.0
        T. Kemp LF20100101.232.311.408.7192.0
        J. Marisnick CF11120000.256.312.477.7894.0
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        C. McHugh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Pressly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • HR - J. Crawford (3)
          • RBI - J. Crawford (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), D. Vogelbach, K. Seager 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alvarez (4), M. Stassi
          • 3B - A. Bregman
          • RBI - J. Altuve (24), Y. Alvarez 3 (21), J. Marisnick 2 (24)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, A. Bregman, T. White 2 (2), M. Stassi 4 (4), T. Kemp
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - D. Moore (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Crawford-Beckham-Vogelbach)
          • E - D. Santana (10)
          • PB - T. Murphy (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Straw-Bregman-White)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 9-7)5.06333504.391.400.5
          M. Wright3.06321108.281.940.5
          Total8.01265460---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 9-7)5.0
          M. Wright3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 8-5)7.051111013.281.0429.0
          C. McHugh (H, 1)0.21001005.591.20-2.0
          R. Pressly (H, 20)0.10000101.470.740.5
          J. James1.00000304.571.284.5
          Total9.06112141---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 8-5)7.0
          C. McHugh (H, 1)0.2
          R. Pressly (H, 20)0.1
          J. James1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - M. Wright
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 104-67, M. Wright 50-31
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 4-5, M. Wright 2-6
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 23, M. Wright 16
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 109-74, C. McHugh 17-8, R. Pressly 5-3, J. James 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-4, C. McHugh 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 25, C. McHugh 4, R. Pressly, J. James 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Altuve singled to right, Marisnick scored, Altuve to second16
            Marisnick singled to right center, Reddick and Stassi scored, Marisnick to second on right fielder Santana throwing error15
          • 3RD INNING
            Alvarez singled to deep right, Bregman scored13
          • 1ST INNING
            Alvarez doubled to deep right, Springer and Altuve scored, Bregman to third12
            Crawford homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Ryan Pressly
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Collin McHugh relieved Gerrit Cole
            • Jake Marisnick in center field
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to second
            • D. Moore: Foul, Strike looking, Moore lined out to center
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Smith to second
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Collin McHugh
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to shallow right
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi doubled to deep left, Reddick to third
            • M. Straw: Straw lined out to second
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick singled to right center, Reddick and Stassi scored, Marisnick to second on right fielder Santana throwing error
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve singled to right, Marisnick scored, Altuve to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager lined out to center
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer flied out to center
            • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to left center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve to second on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez intentionally walked
            • T. White: Strike swinging, White lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to right center
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Wright relieved Marco Gonzales
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick lined out to center
            • M. Stassi: Foul, Ball, Stassi flied out to center
            • M. Straw: Strike looking, Straw singled to center
            • T. Kemp: Kemp lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • T. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
            • D. Moore: Moore reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Beckham out at second
            • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Moore caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to left
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez lined out to right
            • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana singled to center
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Narvaez singled to left, Santana to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw grounded out to second
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Springer flied out to right
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • D. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Moore grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman tripled to left center
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez singled to deep right, Bregman scored
            • T. White: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick singled to center, Alvarez to second
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi reached on fielder's choice to third, Reddick out at second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager flied out to left
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Straw: Foul, Ball, Foul, Straw popped out to second
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kemp singled to right
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kemp out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith lined out to center
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Crawford homered to right center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Santana out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to right center, Springer to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked, Altuve to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez doubled to deep right, Springer and Altuve scored, Bregman to third
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)