Bregman, Gurriel homer, Astros beat Rockies 4-2

DENVER (AP) Wade Miley appeared headed for an early exit. Instead, he had a strong finish to help the Houston Astros to their second straight sweep.

Miley walked the first two batters of the game but worked out of the jam to toss six strong innings in Houston's 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

''Nothing like almost getting a guy up in the first inning and then you go six strong,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''I stayed patient with him, he got better as the game went on. He felt better at the end than he did at the beginning.''

Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered and Josh Reddick had two RBIs for the Astros, who have won five in a row.

''Wade gave us a chance to win, Yuli big swing, Reddick big swing and our bullpen was nails,'' Bregman said. ''Good sweep.''

Miley (7-4) struck out six and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced after a rough start. He was facing a blow-up first inning when, with runners on first and second and no outs, he went 3-0 on Nolan Arenado.

''I felt lost on an island out there in the first inning. I couldn't throw a strike, I was trying to throw it over the plate and let them hit it,'' Miley said. ''Was able to get through it and found some traction in the third and fourth.''

Arenado helped when he popped out swinging 3-0 and David Dahl flew out on the next pitch. Miley escaped with only Ian Desmond's RBI single with two outs.

''I can see him doing it because he can do damage on that pitch,'' Miley said of Arenado. ''I was a little shocked the next (batter) swung (at the first pitch). Thank you.''

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Colorado has dropped three in a row and went 2-4 on its homestand against Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

''I felt like we're competitive, we're right there,'' outfielder Charlie Blackmon said. ''We're very close to what we need to be but we have some room for improvement.''

Bregman hit his team-leading 23rd homer, a solo shot in the first. Gurriel led off the second with his 11th of the season and third of the series.

The Astros added two more in the fourth on Reddick's bases-loaded double, but Gurriel was thrown out at home to end the inning.

Blackmon had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh. Rookie right-hander Peter Lambert (2-1) went five innings in his first major league loss.

''Bregman's I thought was a pretty good pitch, he kind of turned on it pretty well,'' Lambert said. ''Gurriel, it was a bad pitch. It was up in the zone and he hammers those.''

HAPPY 4TH

Neither the Rockies nor the Astros play on Thursday, marking a rare day off on Independence Day.

''It's going to be the first 4th of July where I don't have a reason to go to the ballpark,'' Hinch said. ''It will be weird. Having a number of teams having the off day, I don't think many of us know what to do. We're just so used to coming here and letting the game be our celebration.''

The two-game series at Coors Field included postgame fireworks each night, which helped remind Colorado manager Bud Black about the holiday.

''The actual July 4th is the day we always play,'' he said. ''But with fireworks on July 2nd and fireworks (Wednesday) night it feels like July 3rd is July 4th.''

DOUBLE HONOR

Blackmon was named the NL Player of the Month for June after hitting .412 with 10 homers in 22 games and his former teammate, New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, won the award in the AL after hitting .395 with six homers, 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

Black, who managed LeMahieu in 2017 and `18, spoke highly of him.

''Wherever DJ landed he was going to be the same steady, dependable player he was with us,'' Black said. ''It's good to see guys you feel close to do good things. I'm always pulling for the good guys.''

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.86) will open a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (7-5, 4.83) will make his third start of the season against Arizona in Phoenix on Friday.

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  • W: W. Miley (7-4)L: P. Lambert (2-1)S: R. Osuna (19)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (23), Y. Gurriel (11)
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N. Arenado 3B40100014.321.385.579.9640.5
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D. Murphy 1B40100002.276.326.443.7692.0
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  • a-singled for Lambert in the 5th
  • b-fouled out for Bettis in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Davis in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Reddick (11)
  • HR - A. Bregman (23), Y. Gurriel (11)
  • RBI - A. Bregman (55), Y. Gurriel (42), J. Reddick 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (27), J. Reddick 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, T. White, W. Miley
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (15), R. McMahon (12)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (57), I. Desmond (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado 2 (2), I. Desmond 2 (2), D. Murphy 2 (2), T. Wolters
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Bregman (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Desmond
  • DP - (McMahon-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (W, 7-4)6.05112603.281.1723.0
C. Devenski (H, 4)0.12110004.661.31-3.0
C. McHugh (H, 2)0.20000005.511.180.0
H. Rondon (H, 11)1.00000002.811.313.0
R. Osuna (S, 19)1.00000202.000.7511.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (W, 7-4)6.0
C. Devenski (H, 4)0.1
C. McHugh (H, 2)0.2
H. Rondon (H, 11)1.0
R. Osuna (S, 19)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-1)5.05443226.671.48-1.0
C. Bettis2.01000005.511.465.0
J. Diaz1.00000004.981.203.0
W. Davis1.00000105.541.693.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-1)5.0
C. Bettis2.0
J. Diaz1.0
W. Davis1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 108-64, C. Devenski 11-7, C. McHugh 11-6, H. Rondon 10-7, R. Osuna 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 3-9, C. McHugh 1-1, H. Rondon 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 25, C. Devenski 3, C. McHugh 2, H. Rondon 3, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Bettis (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 81-50, C. Bettis 16-11, J. Diaz 8-6, W. Davis 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 8-4, C. Bettis 4-1, J. Diaz 2-1, W. Davis 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 22, C. Bettis 7, J. Diaz 3, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Bregman SS22111200.267.392.541.93311.0
M. Brantley LF31000101.310.371.486.8572.0
J. Marisnick CF00000000.256.312.477.7890.0
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J. Reddick RF-LF40120010.295.331.441.7723.5
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T. White 1B40100011.212.321.326.6470.5
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  • a-hit by pitch for Miley in the 7th
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C. Blackmon RF31210101.339.388.6481.0365.0
T. Story SS30000103.293.359.539.8991.0
N. Arenado 3B40100014.321.385.579.9640.5
D. Dahl LF40000014.317.362.548.910-0.5
I. Desmond CF40110002.282.337.514.8512.0
D. Murphy 1B40100002.276.326.443.7692.0
C. Iannetta C20000020.257.350.485.836-1.0
T. Wolters C20000011.285.353.378.731-0.5
R. McMahon 2B41100020.257.335.400.7352.0
P. Lambert P10000000.545.545.5451.0910.0
a- M. Reynolds PH10100000.171.295.325.6211.0
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  • a-singled for Lambert in the 5th
  • b-fouled out for Bettis in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Davis in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Reddick (11)
  • HR - A. Bregman (23), Y. Gurriel (11)
  • RBI - A. Bregman (55), Y. Gurriel (42), J. Reddick 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (27), J. Reddick 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, T. White, W. Miley
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (15), R. McMahon (12)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (57), I. Desmond (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado 2 (2), I. Desmond 2 (2), D. Murphy 2 (2), T. Wolters
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Bregman (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Desmond
  • DP - (McMahon-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (W, 7-4)6.05112603.281.1723.0
C. Devenski (H, 4)0.12110004.661.31-3.0
C. McHugh (H, 2)0.20000005.511.180.0
H. Rondon (H, 11)1.00000002.811.313.0
R. Osuna (S, 19)1.00000202.000.7511.0
Total9.0722280---
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (W, 7-4)6.0
C. Devenski (H, 4)0.1
C. McHugh (H, 2)0.2
H. Rondon (H, 11)1.0
R. Osuna (S, 19)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-1)5.05443226.671.48-1.0
C. Bettis2.01000005.511.465.0
J. Diaz1.00000004.981.203.0
W. Davis1.00000105.541.693.5
Total9.0644332---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-1)5.0
C. Bettis2.0
J. Diaz1.0
W. Davis1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 108-64, C. Devenski 11-7, C. McHugh 11-6, H. Rondon 10-7, R. Osuna 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 3-9, C. McHugh 1-1, H. Rondon 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 25, C. Devenski 3, C. McHugh 2, H. Rondon 3, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Bettis (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 81-50, C. Bettis 16-11, J. Diaz 8-6, W. Davis 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 8-4, C. Bettis 4-1, J. Diaz 2-1, W. Davis 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 22, C. Bettis 7, J. Diaz 3, W. Davis 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Blackmon singled to center, McMahon scored42
  • 3RD INNING
    Reddick doubled to deep center, Bregman and Brantley scored, Gurriel out at home41
  • 2ND INNING
    Gurriel homered to center21
  • 1ST INNING
    Desmond singled to center, Blackmon scored, Story to third11
    Bregman homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis relieved Jairo Diaz
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to right
    • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Chirinos grounded out to first
    • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Hector Rondon
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters lined out to left
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Garrett Hampson hit for Wade Davis
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jairo Diaz pitching
    • A. Bregman: Bregman fouled out to first
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon relieved Collin McHugh
    • Jake Marisnick in center field
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl flied out to right
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Desmond flied out to right
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Kemp hit for Wade Miley
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp hit by pitch
    • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer grounded into double play second to first, Kemp out at second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Devenski pitching
    • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon doubled to deep center
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Chad Bettis
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tapia fouled out to third
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon singled to center, McMahon scored
    • Collin McHugh relieved Chris Devenski
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Story flied out to left
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Chad Bettis pitching
    • Tony Wolters catching
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
    • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to right
    • T. White: White grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dahl lined out to left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond flied out to deep left
    • D. Murphy: Murphy doubled to deep center
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Altuve popped out to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
    • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Peter Lambert
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reynolds singled to right center
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Story lined out to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Arenado struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, White grounded out to third
    • W. Miley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miley flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer grounded out to first
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Bregman stole second, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman to third, Brantley to second
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick doubled to deep center, Bregman and Brantley scored, Gurriel out at home
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon singled to center
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Story flied out to right
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado singled to left, Blackmon to second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Desmond grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel homered to center
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White singled to right
    • W. Miley: Miley reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, White out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, McMahon lined out to shortstop
    • P. Lambert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lambert grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman homered to left
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado popped out to first
    • D. Dahl: Dahl fouled out to left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Desmond singled to center, Blackmon scored, Story to third
    • D. Murphy: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)