Verlander strikes out 12, Astros beat Rangers 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander kept up his outstanding season with one of his toughest wins.

Verlander struck out 12 in six solid innings, four Houston players hit solo home runs and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3.

Verlander (12-4) allowed two runs and eight hits.

''That was a grind, it was tough, those guys battled me all night,'' Verlander said. ''The box score doesn't show how tough they battled me, but every single one of them was difficult. They had a lot of guys on base every inning, it wasn't easy, so I'm pleased to come away with the W.''

The right-hander struck out at least 11 for the fourth time this season and improved to 4-0 against the Rangers this season.

''It's hard to describe how hard he had to work to get through his innings and how much they were making him work,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He was punching guys out and he had a pretty clean line but that didn't tell the whole story of what it took to get through this game.''

Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez led off the third inning with consecutive home runs to extend Houston's lead to 4-0. Altuve hit his homer to left-center field, and Bregman sent his to left on the next pitch before Alvarez hit a 474-foot monster shot into the second deck in right field.

''I think any time we can put together at bats we are going to have a good chance to win,'' Bregman said. ''We did that tonight.''

It was the first time the Astros had hit three straight homers since June, 20, 2018, against Tampa Bay.

Yuli Gurriel led off the second with a solo shot to left.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Rougned Odor and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive solo home runs in the sixth for Texas to cut Houston's lead to 4-2, and Shin-Soo Choo scored on Elvis Andrus' groundout in the seventh to pull within one.

The Rangers have lost five straight. Texas stranded 11 runners and was 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

''That's the nature of the business when you have a quality team and have quality pitching,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''We have a resilient bunch and they're going to be in a lot of games, but unfortunately, you're going to fall short at times.''

Mike Minor (8-5) allowed four runs and seven hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Minor, who tied a career-high allowing four home runs, retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.

''It was just a matter of that third inning,'' Minor said. ''I thought my stuff was a lot better. My slider was still flat. I was throwing a lot of pitches that were really, really close, and I wasn't getting the calls. I'm not saying they were strikes, but they were close. It took a lot of pitches and I fell in some holes early.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Rangers moved RHP Jesse Chavez from the rotation to the bullpen and called up LHP Joe Palumbo from Triple-A Nashville to start Monday's game in Seattle. Chavez (3-5, 4.72) was pulled in the first inning of his last start on Wednesday after giving up seven runs in 2/3 innings. In three appearances earlier this season, including two starts, Palumbo allowed 11 runs in nine innings.

The Astros designated 1B Tyler White for assignment following the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Edinson Volquez (right elbow sprain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen in Arizona on Saturday. ... RHP Kyle Dowdy (right elbow impingement) allowed two runs on four hits in 2/3 innings in a relief outing Thursday as part of his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (shoulder discomfort) might be able to start playing catch this weekend, Hinch said. Peacock was set to come off the injured list, but suffered a setback after throwing a bullpen session on Saturday. He has been out since late June. ... INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) continued his rehabilitation assignment Friday night at Double-A Corpus Christi, while SS Carlos Correa (ribs) had the day off.

UP NEXT

RHP Ariel Jurado (5-5, 4.63 ERA) is scheduled to make his 21st appearance and 11th start of the season for the Rangers on Saturday. Jurado has allowed 11 runs over two innings in two July starts. RHP Jose Urquidy (0-0, 10.50) will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make the start for Houston.

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  • W: J. Verlander (12-4)L: M. Minor (8-5)S: R. Osuna (21)
  • HR: TEX - A. Cabrera (12), R. Odor (14), HOU - J. Altuve (13), A. Bregman (26), Y. Gurriel (17), Y. Alvarez (10)
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A. Cabrera 3B31311100.231.319.400.71912.0
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  • a-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
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A. Bregman 3B31111002.271.404.548.9527.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Santana (15), A. Cabrera (13)
    • HR - R. Odor (14), A. Cabrera (12)
    • RBI - E. Andrus (49), R. Odor (51), A. Cabrera (46)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (22), A. Cabrera (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), J. Gallo 3 (3), N. Mazara 2 (2), J. Mathis 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Altuve (13), A. Bregman (26), Y. Alvarez (10), Y. Gurriel (17)
    • RBI - J. Altuve (34), A. Bregman (62), Y. Alvarez (32), Y. Gurriel (57)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), Y. Alvarez, T. Kemp
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Santana (12), A. Cabrera (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Odor; Santana-Andrus)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Altuve 2 (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (L, 8-5)7.074411042.861.169.0
    J. Leclerc1.00000104.231.233.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (L, 8-5)7.0
    J. Leclerc1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (W, 12-4)6.082211222.990.8423.0
    W. Harris (H, 14)1.01101101.771.151.5
    J. James (H, 3)1.01001204.621.302.0
    R. Osuna (S, 21)1.00000002.210.8910.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (W, 12-4)6.0
    W. Harris (H, 14)1.0
    J. James (H, 3)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Minor (6), J. Leclerc (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 113-70, J. Leclerc 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-5, J. Leclerc 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, J. Leclerc 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - W. Harris (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 116-80, W. Harris 20-13, J. James 15-10, R. Osuna 16-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-4, W. Harris 3-0, J. James 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, W. Harris 6, J. James 5, R. Osuna 3
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    D. Santana 1B50300003.322.356.576.9326.0
    E. Andrus SS50010024.292.331.431.7610.0
    J. Gallo CF50000044.261.400.6221.022-2.0
    H. Pence DH40200100.291.351.587.9383.0
    N. Mazara RF40000034.254.307.428.735-1.5
    R. Odor 2B41111022.193.255.400.6555.0
    A. Cabrera 3B31311100.231.319.400.71912.0
    J. Mathis C30000034.157.211.214.424-1.5
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    • a-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
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    G. Springer RF30000012.304.391.605.9950.5
    J. Altuve 2B41211010.273.331.480.8116.5
    A. Bregman 3B31111002.271.404.548.9527.0
    Y. Alvarez DH41111022.327.400.6921.0925.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41111020.287.323.503.8265.0
    R. Chirinos C20100100.218.347.424.7712.0
    J. Marisnick CF30000032.256.316.472.788-1.5
    T. Kemp LF30000002.231.315.410.7250.0
    M. Straw SS30100020.273.407.333.7410.0
    J. Verlander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana (15), A. Cabrera (13)
      • HR - R. Odor (14), A. Cabrera (12)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (49), R. Odor (51), A. Cabrera (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor (22), A. Cabrera (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), J. Gallo 3 (3), N. Mazara 2 (2), J. Mathis 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Altuve (13), A. Bregman (26), Y. Alvarez (10), Y. Gurriel (17)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (34), A. Bregman (62), Y. Alvarez (32), Y. Gurriel (57)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), Y. Alvarez, T. Kemp
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Santana (12), A. Cabrera (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Odor; Santana-Andrus)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Altuve 2 (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 8-5)7.074411042.861.169.0
      J. Leclerc1.00000104.231.233.5
      Total8.07441114---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 8-5)7.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 12-4)6.082211222.990.8423.0
      W. Harris (H, 14)1.01101101.771.151.5
      J. James (H, 3)1.01001204.621.302.0
      R. Osuna (S, 21)1.00000002.210.8910.0
      Total9.010323152---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 12-4)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 14)1.0
      J. James (H, 3)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Minor (6), J. Leclerc (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 113-70, J. Leclerc 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-5, J. Leclerc 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, J. Leclerc 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Harris (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 116-80, W. Harris 20-13, J. James 15-10, R. Osuna 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-4, W. Harris 3-0, J. James 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, W. Harris 6, J. James 5, R. Osuna 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Andrus grounded out to first, Choo scored, Santana to third34
      • 6TH INNING
        Cabrera homered to right24
        Odor homered to center14
      • 3RD INNING
        Alvarez homered to right04
        Bregman homered to left03
        Altuve homered to center02
      • 2ND INNING
        Gurriel homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Josh James
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Foul, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo flied out to center
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pence grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Will Harris
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to center
        • Ronald Guzman hit for Jeff Mathis
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. Santana: Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Choo out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Mike Minor
        • Tim Federowicz catching
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alvarez grounded into double play first to shortstop, Bregman out at second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
        • S. Choo: Choo safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
        • D. Santana: Foul, Santana singled to left, Choo to second
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Choo to third, Santana to second on wild pitch, Foul, Andrus grounded out to first, Choo scored, Santana to third
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pence walked
        • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Straw struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pence flied out to right
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Foul, Odor homered to center
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera homered to right
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos singled to left center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
        • T. Kemp: Kemp reached on fielder's choice to second, Chirinos out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo reached on an infield single to second
        • D. Santana: Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Choo out at second
        • E. Andrus: Andrus reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andrus to second, Santana out at second on 2nd baseman Altuve throwing error
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Altuve lined out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman popped out to second
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Pence singled to left
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to deep center
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Pence to second
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Mathis struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Kemp grounded out to first
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Straw struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to shortstop
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana singled to right
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Andrus struck out on foul tip
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to center
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman homered to left
        • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez homered to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep left
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos lined out to left
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Pence singled to center
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep left, Pence to third
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel homered to left
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp popped out to first
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw singled to center, Chirinos to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Straw out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Foul, Choo lined out to right
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana doubled to deep left
        • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer hit by pitch
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Altuve singled to left, Springer to second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman reached on a double play third to second, Springer out at third, Altuve out at second
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)