Urquidy dominates struggling Rangers in Astros' 6-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) After two rough starts for the Astros earlier this month, Jose Urquidy worked on a few adjustments.

Whatever he adjusted worked in a big way Saturday night.

Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending Houston to a 6-1 victory over the skidding Texas Rangers.

Urquidy just found out Friday that he would be pitching a day later.

''I knew that I had to focus on this start, and I'm really happy that I was able to execute what I envisioned,'' he said.

Making his third career start, Urquidy (1-0) held the Rangers to two baserunners - a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and an infield single by Hunter Pence. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander from Mexico struck out nine.

''No walks, one homer - just an incredible, incredible performance,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''We absolutely needed it. We needed him to go as long as he could, and for him to be effective in that, it's a great day.''

Hinch commended Urquidy's creativity with his changeup, his cutter to left-handed hitters and sweeping sliders to righties.

Tony Kemp also homered as Houston, the AL West leader, won its fourth straight and handed Texas its sixth consecutive defeat. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he might address his team Sunday to urge the importance of staying together.

Urquidy retired his first nine batters before Choo's homer to center field in the fourth. Then he set down the next 11 hitters until Pence's single in the seventh.

''Sometimes when you face a guy you've never faced, it can present a little bit of an issue. But we have to be better,'' Woodward said. ''Two hits, that's not going to get it done at any time, and our guys know that. Our guys know that we have to improve offensively and put a little bit more pressure at times.''

Houston put together a two-out rally in the fifth that started with singles from Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez, setting up Gurriel's homer to left-center. It was Gurriel's 18th of the season, matching his career high.

Gurriel has 13 home runs in his last 21 games and has gone deep in five straight at Minute Maid Park, matching the ballpark record set in 2006 by Morgan Ensberg.

For a fourth consecutive game, the Astros scored in the third inning. After hitting three successive homers in Friday night's 4-3 victory, Houston had three doubles in four at-bats, with Myles Straw, George Springer and Brantley finding the gaps for a 2-0 lead.

Kemp added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 6-1.

''I'm just trying to put up some good swings and it paid off there at the end,'' Kemp said. ''This team is rolling right now. Hopefully, tomorrow we can get a sweep.''

Rangers starter Ariel Jurado (5-6) allowed five runs and eight hits while striking out five in five innings.

''In that fifth inning, I threw one pitch and it was three runs,'' Jurado said. ''It was only one pitch.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: C Isiah Kiner-Falefa (right middle finger) was activated off the injured list and optioned to Double-A Frisco. ... LHP Joe Palumbo will not rejoin the rotation Monday as expected after experiencing ankle tendinitis. ''That hurt a little bit because I was looking forward to seeing Joe,'' Woodward said. ''Not that he won't be back in a week or two at the max I guess.''

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (ribs) continued his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. Correa, on the 60-day injured list, can't be activated until July 26. ... INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi, playing first base and left field, Hinch said. ''We hope it's over the next couple days as he plays a few more games or even one game or see if he needs more. For him, it's more of a day-to-day assessment of where he is at and how he's doing,'' Hinch said.

HE SAID IT

''This is a World Series-contending team so anytime you can get some opportunities to get in there, you want to put your best foot forward and hope for the best.'' - Kemp on competing for playing time in Houston.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (12-5, 3.87 ERA) makes his 21st start of the season Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. Lynn is tied for the major league lead in wins.

Astros: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 2.00) gets his first career start after throwing four scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Angels.

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  • W: J. Urquidy (1-0)L: A. Jurado (5-6)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (16), HOU - T. Kemp (7), Y. Gurriel (18)
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    BATTING
    • HR - S. Choo (16)
    • RBI - S. Choo (39)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Springer (12), M. Brantley (26), R. Chirinos (14), M. Straw (3)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (18), T. Kemp (7)
    • RBI - G. Springer (55), M. Brantley (52), Y. Gurriel 3 (60), T. Kemp (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 3 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), A. Bregman, Y. Gurriel 3 (3), M. Straw
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Straw (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Jurado (L, 5-6)5.08551414.921.45-2.0
    P. Valdez1.02110013.721.760.0
    B. Martin1.00000004.891.313.0
    K. Bird0.11001009.282.44-2.0
    T. Guerrieri0.200000010.802.100.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Jurado (L, 5-6)5.0
    P. Valdez1.0
    B. Martin1.0
    K. Bird0.1
    T. Guerrieri0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Urquidy (W, 1-0)7.02110915.541.3132.5
    C. Devenski1.00000304.641.344.5
    H. Rondon1.00000104.661.393.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Urquidy (W, 1-0)7.0
    C. Devenski1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 93-60, P. Valdez 17-12, B. Martin 9-6, K. Bird 10-5, T. Guerrieri 5-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 4-7, P. Valdez 2-1, B. Martin 3-0, T. Guerrieri 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 24, P. Valdez 5, B. Martin 3, K. Bird 3, T. Guerrieri 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urquidy 98-63, C. Devenski 14-9, H. Rondon 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urquidy 5-7, H. Rondon 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Urquidy 23, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 3
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    H. Pence DH30100000.292.351.584.9341.0
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    A. Bregman 3B40000002.268.400.542.9420.0
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    Y. Alvarez DH31100111.327.403.6821.0852.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - S. Choo (16)
      • RBI - S. Choo (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (12), M. Brantley (26), R. Chirinos (14), M. Straw (3)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (18), T. Kemp (7)
      • RBI - G. Springer (55), M. Brantley (52), Y. Gurriel 3 (60), T. Kemp (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 3 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), A. Bregman, Y. Gurriel 3 (3), M. Straw
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Straw (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Jurado (L, 5-6)5.08551414.921.45-2.0
      P. Valdez1.02110013.721.760.0
      B. Martin1.00000004.891.313.0
      K. Bird0.11001009.282.44-2.0
      T. Guerrieri0.200000010.802.100.0
      Total8.01166242---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Jurado (L, 5-6)5.0
      P. Valdez1.0
      B. Martin1.0
      K. Bird0.1
      T. Guerrieri0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Urquidy (W, 1-0)7.02110915.541.3132.5
      C. Devenski1.00000304.641.344.5
      H. Rondon1.00000104.661.393.5
      Total9.02110131---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Urquidy (W, 1-0)7.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 93-60, P. Valdez 17-12, B. Martin 9-6, K. Bird 10-5, T. Guerrieri 5-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 4-7, P. Valdez 2-1, B. Martin 3-0, T. Guerrieri 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 24, P. Valdez 5, B. Martin 3, K. Bird 3, T. Guerrieri 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urquidy 98-63, C. Devenski 14-9, H. Rondon 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urquidy 5-7, H. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Urquidy 23, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Kemp homered to left16
      • 5TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to left center, Brantley and Alvarez scored15
      • 4TH INNING
        Choo homered to center12
      • 3RD INNING
        Brantley doubled to deep right center, Springer scored02
        Springer doubled to left center, Straw scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Chris Devenski
        • Logan Forsythe hit for Tim Federowicz
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Jose Urquidy
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kyle Bird relieved Brett Martin
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick singled to left
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, Reddick to second
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp flied out to deep center, Reddick to third
        • Taylor Guerrieri relieved Kyle Bird
        • M. Straw: Straw grounded out to third, Chirinos to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana lined out to second
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pence reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brett Martin relieved Phillips Valdez
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • T. Federowicz: Federowicz grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Phillips Valdez relieved Ariel Jurado
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded out to third
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Kemp homered to left
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Straw singled to shallow left
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Straw stole second, Foul, Springer grounded out to third, Straw to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Odor grounded out to catcher
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer lined out to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman lined out to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to deep right
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez singled to left center, Brantley to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left center, Brantley and Alvarez scored
        • J. Reddick: Reddick popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choo homered to center
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pence flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos doubled to deep left
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Kemp grounded out to first, Chirinos to third
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Guzman grounded out to first
        • T. Federowicz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Federowicz flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Straw doubled to deep right center
        • G. Springer: Springer doubled to left center, Straw scored
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right center, Springer scored
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • H. Pence: Pence grounded out to second
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo flied out to deep right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Odor popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick lined out to shortstop
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana flied out to deep right
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman popped out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley singled to right center
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Alvarez walked, Brantley to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)