Springer, Bregman propel Astros to 6-2 victory over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Alex Bregman and Houston stumbled out of the All-Star break, dropping four of six games, but the Astros have looked more like themselves the past two nights.

Bregman and George Springer homered while Wade Miley pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning and the AL West leaders beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Thursday night.

''The boys are back. We're ready to go,'' said Bregman, who hit a solo shot off Matt Harvey to lead off the sixth for his team-leading 25th of the season. ''We came out and played our brand of baseball from the get go. When we set the tone like that, it is off to the races.''

Springer - who put Harvey's fastball over the wall in right-center during the third inning - had four home runs during the four-game series, tying Craig Biggio for the most when batting leadoff in a series in franchise history. Biggio's four came during a three-game set against the Cubs in 1998.

''That's something special. I know him well. Getting my name around his name is something special,'' said Springer of joining Biggio.

Springer has matched his total from last year with 22 homers.

Miley (8-4) yielded only two walks over the first 4 2/3 innings before Brian Goodwin's double to right. The left-hander improved to 4-0 in his career against the Angels, allowing two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

''It was good early and then I kind of lost it later. I like where I was at with the curveball and changeup,'' said Miley, who has allowed three runs or fewer in all but two of his 20 starts this season.

The Angels - who went 5-2 on their first homestand following the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs - didn't get much of a lift from the return of Mike Trout, who missed three games with a strained right calf. Trout was the designated hitter and went 1 for 4.

Harvey's rollercoaster season continued. This was the sixth time in 12 starts the right-hander has surrendered five or more runs. He has allowed two or fewer in his other six.

Harvey's 7.09 ERA is third-highest in the majors among pitchers who have made 12 or more starts.

''He wasn't throwing strikes. A couple walks, a couple hard hit balls. We've seen him better, for sure,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.

The Astros scored their first five runs with two outs. Yordan Alvarez's two-run double down the right field line put Houston on the board in the first for the second straight night. They added three in the third on Springer's homer, Yuli Gurriel's RBI double and a run-scoring single by Josh Reddick.

Los Angeles scored both of its runs in the sixth. Justin Upton's sacrifice fly drove in David Fletcher, and Albert Pujols had an RBI single.

RECORD BOOK

Astros manager AJ Hinch tied Larry Dierker for second-most wins in franchise history with 435. Bill Virdon has the record with 544.

''It's something I can reflect on later,'' said Hinch, who is in his fifth season with Houston. ''Larry is one of the all-time greats on a lot of levels with this organization.''

THROW IT BACK

A young boy in an Astros jersey ended up with the ball from Bregman's homer, then stunned a man who appeared to be his father by throwing the ball back onto the field.

STREAKS AND STATS

Alvarez has 31 RBIs in his first 26 games. Only Mandy Brooks (32 in 1925) and Jose Abreu (31 in 2014) have done this in MLB history. ... Angels OF Brian Goodwin went 3 for 4 and had three extra-base hits for only the second time in his career. The last time it happened was 2017 when he played for Washington. ... Pujols has 12 RBIs in his last six games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: IF Aledmys Diaz (left hamstring strain) will have rehab appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday and Saturday. Hinch said there is a possibility Diaz could be activated on Monday.

Angels: Pujols left in the eighth inning with left hamstring tightness and is considered day-to-day. ... RHP JC Ramirez, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April, will have one more rehab appearance at Class A Inland Empire. Ramirez said he anticipates being ready by the beginning of August. Ausmus said the plan is to bring back Ramirez as a reliever when he is activated.

UP NEXT

Astros: Return home to face Texas in a three-game series. RHP Justin Verlander (11-4, 2.98 ERA), who is third in the AL in ERA and fourth in strikeouts (160), gets the call Friday.

Angels: Hit the road for a weekend series against Seattle. Friday's starter has not been determined.

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  • W: W. Miley (8-4)L: M. Harvey (3-5)
  • HR: HOU - G. Springer (22), A. Bregman (25)
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    D. Fletcher 3B41100001.294.357.418.7752.0
    M. Trout DH41100001.305.453.6631.1173.0
    J. Upton LF20010111.263.345.447.7921.5
    A. Simmons SS40100002.290.320.407.7281.0
    A. Pujols 1B30110010.243.306.439.7451.5
    M. Thaiss 1B10000011.136.208.318.527-0.5
    K. Calhoun RF30000112.236.327.475.8020.5
    L. Rengifo 2B40000041.260.329.385.714-2.0
    B. Goodwin CF40300001.283.341.455.7967.0
    D. Garneau C30000002.260.383.380.7630.0
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    • a-struck out for Garneau in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Alvarez (9), Y. Gurriel (24)
    • HR - G. Springer (22), A. Bregman (25)
    • RBI - G. Springer (54), A. Bregman (61), Y. Alvarez 2 (31), Y. Gurriel (56), J. Reddick (35)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (14), Y. Gurriel (20), J. Reddick (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel, T. White 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Trout (21), B. Goodwin 2 (15)
    • 3B - B. Goodwin (2)
    • SF - J. Upton
    • RBI - J. Upton (9), A. Pujols (56)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, A. Simmons, M. Thaiss, B. Goodwin, D. Garneau, S. Ohtani
    FIELDING
    • DP - (White-Bregman-Harris)
    • E - Y. Gurriel (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Harvey-Simmons-Pujols; Simmons-Rengifo-Pujols)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Miley (W, 8-4)5.13212303.251.1317.5
    W. Harris0.21000001.821.13-1.0
    C. McHugh1.01000105.141.142.5
    R. Pressly1.01000201.450.783.0
    R. Osuna1.01000302.270.913.5
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Miley (W, 8-4)5.1
    W. Harris0.2
    C. McHugh1.0
    R. Pressly1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Harvey (L, 3-5)6.07665127.091.54-4.5
    J. Jewell3.01000407.501.2510.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Harvey (L, 3-5)6.0
    J. Jewell3.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 94-58, W. Harris 10-7, C. McHugh 14-9, R. Pressly 18-11, R. Osuna 15-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-5, W. Harris 1-0, R. Pressly 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, W. Harris 2, C. McHugh 4, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 92-53, J. Jewell 33-25
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 10-5, J. Jewell 4-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 28, J. Jewell 10
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer CF51211012.308.393.6121.0046.5
    J. Altuve 2B50000011.270.329.468.797-0.5
    A. Bregman SS23211200.271.403.541.94411.0
    M. Brantley LF31000102.321.381.504.8852.0
    Y. Alvarez DH41220011.330.405.6801.0855.5
    Y. Gurriel 3B40110001.287.324.497.8213.0
    J. Reddick RF40110000.286.328.419.7472.0
    T. White 1B30000112.225.320.330.6500.5
    M. Stassi C30000110.165.241.215.4570.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher 3B41100001.294.357.418.7752.0
      M. Trout DH41100001.305.453.6631.1173.0
      J. Upton LF20010111.263.345.447.7921.5
      A. Simmons SS40100002.290.320.407.7281.0
      A. Pujols 1B30110010.243.306.439.7451.5
      M. Thaiss 1B10000011.136.208.318.527-0.5
      K. Calhoun RF30000112.236.327.475.8020.5
      L. Rengifo 2B40000041.260.329.385.714-2.0
      B. Goodwin CF40300001.283.341.455.7967.0
      D. Garneau C30000002.260.383.380.7630.0
      a- S. Ohtani PH10000011.301.359.543.903-0.5
      M. Harvey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Jewell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total3327202913-----
      • a-struck out for Garneau in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alvarez (9), Y. Gurriel (24)
      • HR - G. Springer (22), A. Bregman (25)
      • RBI - G. Springer (54), A. Bregman (61), Y. Alvarez 2 (31), Y. Gurriel (56), J. Reddick (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (14), Y. Gurriel (20), J. Reddick (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel, T. White 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout (21), B. Goodwin 2 (15)
      • 3B - B. Goodwin (2)
      • SF - J. Upton
      • RBI - J. Upton (9), A. Pujols (56)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, A. Simmons, M. Thaiss, B. Goodwin, D. Garneau, S. Ohtani
      FIELDING
      • DP - (White-Bregman-Harris)
      • E - Y. Gurriel (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Harvey-Simmons-Pujols; Simmons-Rengifo-Pujols)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (W, 8-4)5.13212303.251.1317.5
      W. Harris0.21000001.821.13-1.0
      C. McHugh1.01000105.141.142.5
      R. Pressly1.01000201.450.783.0
      R. Osuna1.01000302.270.913.5
      Total9.0721290---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (W, 8-4)5.1
      W. Harris0.2
      C. McHugh1.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Harvey (L, 3-5)6.07665127.091.54-4.5
      J. Jewell3.01000407.501.2510.0
      Total9.0866552---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Harvey (L, 3-5)6.0
      J. Jewell3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 94-58, W. Harris 10-7, C. McHugh 14-9, R. Pressly 18-11, R. Osuna 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-5, W. Harris 1-0, R. Pressly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 22, W. Harris 2, C. McHugh 4, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 92-53, J. Jewell 33-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 10-5, J. Jewell 4-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 28, J. Jewell 10
      • 6TH INNING
        Pujols singled to left center, Trout scored, Simmons to second62
        Upton hit sacrifice fly to right, Fletcher scored61
      • 5TH INNING
        Bregman homered to left60
      • 3RD INNING
        Reddick singled to right center, Alvarez scored, Gurriel to third50
        Gurriel doubled to deep right center, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third40
        Springer homered to right center30
      • 1ST INNING
        Alvarez doubled to deep right, Bregman and Brantley scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Jewell Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin tripled to deep right
        • Shohei Ohtani hit for Dustin Garneau
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Thaiss at first base
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to center
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, White grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Collin McHugh
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout doubled to deep left
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons grounded out to pitcher, Trout to third
        • M. Thaiss: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Thaiss struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Jewell relieved Matt Harvey
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to left center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley reached on fielder's choice to second, Bregman out at second
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Will Harris
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo struck out looking
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Goodwin doubled to left center
        • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Strike looking, Garneau flied out to center
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher popped out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded out to third
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White walked
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stassi walked, White to second
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Stassi out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to center
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout reached on fielder's choice to third, Fletcher to third on 3rd baseman Gurriel throwing error
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton hit sacrifice fly to right, Fletcher scored
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Simmons singled to left center, Trout to second
        • Will Harris relieved Wade Miley
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pujols singled to left center, Trout scored, Simmons to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Pujols out at second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley lined out to left
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Alvarez lined out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin doubled to deep right
        • D. Garneau: Foul, Strike looking, Garneau flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to first
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton fouled out to first
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to right
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer homered to right center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley popped out to second
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Alvarez singled to right, Bregman to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep right center, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to right center, Alvarez scored, Gurriel to third
        • T. White: Strike looking, White reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reddick out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • D. Garneau: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garneau grounded out to third
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout lined out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to center
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Pujols struck out on foul tip
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Harvey Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer reached on an infield single to third
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Altuve grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Springer out at second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Alvarez doubled to deep right, Bregman and Brantley scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Trout grounded out to first
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Upton walked
        • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)