Brantley hits 2 HRs, Astros top Rangers 5-3 for 5th straight

HOUSTON (AP) Michael Brantley has been a force in the middle of the lineup during his first season with the Astros.

He kept that going on Sunday.

Brantley homered twice, Jose Altuve also went deep and Houston beat the struggling Texas Rangers 5-3 for its fifth straight victory.

Rogelio Armenteros pitched five solid innings in his first major league start, sending Texas to its seventh loss in a row.

''To come back home and get a sweep, especially against somebody in the division, it's a positive,'' Brantley said. ''We are doing it as a team. One guy doesn't have to carry this team.''

Brantley put the AL West leaders on the board with a two-run drive to right-center in the first and added a solo shot to right field in the eighth. He finished with three hits and has been comfortable swinging at Minute Maid Park, where he's batting .347 with nine homers and 23 RBIs this season.

''I think he's just lived up to what we expected and what he's been doing,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''He was an All-Star before he got here. He hit in the middle of a playoff team. He was an incredibly tough out, and so when we got him to balance out the middle of our order, he's done everything we could have hoped for and more.''

Houston scored two in the fifth with a two-out rally that Altuve started with a solo home run to center. Yordan Alvarez hit an RBI single to make it 4-1.

Danny Santana cut the lead to 2-1 in the third with an RBI single for the Rangers. Nomar Mazara hit a solo homer in the sixth off Josh James, and Logan Forsythe had a solo homer in the ninth.

''I think we had pretty high expectations there for a while,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''People were picking us to be one of the teams because we proved a lot of people wrong, and then we lose seven in a row. Now I guarantee it's going to be like, `Oh, the Rangers are done.' There's a lot of character in that room. We're not done, I can promise you that.''

Armenteros (1-0) yielded one run and two hits with six strikeouts. The right-hander earned his first career win after three relief appearances for the Astros.

''For Armenteros today to give us five today was huge,'' Hinch said. ''To be effective, mix his pitches, I thought he did a good job of utilizing his breaking ball today. His fastball was good and really pitched out of the only jam he was in.''

Josh Reddick robbed Rougned Odor of a two-run homer in the second, timing his jump and easily making the catch in front of the wall. Armenteros tipped his cap to Reddick, who responded by pounding his chest with his fist.

Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 22nd save.

Lance Lynn (12-6) matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in seven innings. He allowed four runs and seven hits.

''We lost, but every time I take the mound, it's with the intent to win,'' Lynn said. ''If it wasn't, I wouldn't go out there.''

Lynn retired 13 of 14 batters, including 10 by strikeout, before Altuve's homer in the fifth.

HE SAID IT

''It was pretty much a reminder of how good of a team we are. When you're going through a bad week, you forget all the good things we've accomplished this year. That's the way this game is - there's going to be ups and downs, and it's how you respond from those down moments.'' - Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus on the message in a team meeting after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) will have the day off Sunday on his rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi. Hinch said Diaz will work out with Corpus Christi on Sunday before the Astros decide whether he gets activated Monday or plays another game at Double-A. ''He's playing fine. It's just a matter of volume and him feeling like he's capable of playing up here,'' Hinch said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will make his 23rd appearance and 13th start on Monday in the series opener against Seattle. It will be Sampson's first start since July 5 at the Twins, when he was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.12) makes his 22nd start of the season Monday in a series opener versus Oakland. Cole struck out 11 and allowed one run in seven innings last time out Wednesday against the Angels.

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  • W: R. Armenteros (1-0)L: L. Lynn (12-6)S: R. Osuna (22)
  • HR: TEX - L. Forsythe (6), N. Mazara (13), HOU - M. Brantley 2 (15), J. Altuve (14)
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J. Altuve 2B41211000.277.333.492.8267.0
A. Bregman 3B32100111.269.401.540.9413.5
M. Brantley LF32332100.332.391.530.92115.0
Y. Alvarez DH40210021.333.406.6751.0822.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40100023.286.322.508.8301.0
J. Reddick RF40000022.282.323.412.736-1.0
J. Marisnick CF40000031.251.310.462.772-1.5
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    BATTING
    • HR - N. Mazara (13), L. Forsythe (6)
    • RBI - D. Santana (36), N. Mazara (52), L. Forsythe (34)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara 2 (2), J. Gallo 2 (2), L. Forsythe, J. Mathis
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gurriel (25)
    • HR - J. Altuve (14), M. Brantley 2 (15)
    • RBI - J. Altuve (35), M. Brantley 3 (55), Y. Alvarez (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (11), Y. Alvarez (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick, J. Marisnick
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Forsythe-Odor-Guzman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn (L, 12-6)7.074421223.931.239.0
    C. Martin0.22110113.161.00-2.5
    S. Kelley0.00000003.001.150.0
    J. Leclerc0.10000104.201.220.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn (L, 12-6)7.0
    C. Martin0.2
    S. Kelley0.0
    J. Leclerc0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Armenteros (W, 1-0)5.02112601.931.0020.0
    J. James (H, 4)0.21110114.731.31-1.5
    C. McHugh (H, 3)1.10001205.021.133.0
    W. Harris (H, 15)1.02000201.721.172.0
    R. Osuna (S, 22)1.01110212.380.899.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Armenteros (W, 1-0)5.0
    J. James (H, 4)0.2
    C. McHugh (H, 3)1.1
    W. Harris (H, 15)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 22)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 118-74, C. Martin 16-12, J. Leclerc 4-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 3-5, C. Martin 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Armenteros 91-55, J. James 15-9, C. McHugh 22-15, W. Harris 20-14, R. Osuna 13-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 3-6, J. James 1-0, C. McHugh 2-0, W. Harris 1-0, R. Osuna 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Armenteros 19, J. James 3, C. McHugh 5, W. Harris 5, R. Osuna 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Choo DH40100020.284.381.497.8790.0
    D. Santana CF40210010.320.352.566.9182.5
    E. Andrus SS40100012.289.327.425.7520.5
    N. Mazara RF31111104.255.309.436.7457.0
    J. Gallo LF40000043.253.390.603.994-2.0
    R. Odor 2B40000021.189.250.391.641-1.0
    L. Forsythe 3B41111001.256.361.430.7916.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000100.193.279.396.6751.0
    J. Mathis C21000121.155.213.211.4241.0
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    • a-struck out for Mathis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Altuve 2B41211000.277.333.492.8267.0
    A. Bregman 3B32100111.269.401.540.9413.5
    M. Brantley LF32332100.332.391.530.92115.0
    Y. Alvarez DH40210021.333.406.6751.0822.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100023.286.322.508.8301.0
    J. Reddick RF40000022.282.323.412.736-1.0
    J. Marisnick CF40000031.251.310.462.772-1.5
    M. Stassi C30000020.159.233.207.441-1.0
    M. Straw SS30000020.274.398.342.740-1.0
    R. Armenteros P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    R. Osuna P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - N. Mazara (13), L. Forsythe (6)
      • RBI - D. Santana (36), N. Mazara (52), L. Forsythe (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara 2 (2), J. Gallo 2 (2), L. Forsythe, J. Mathis
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (25)
      • HR - J. Altuve (14), M. Brantley 2 (15)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (35), M. Brantley 3 (55), Y. Alvarez (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (11), Y. Alvarez (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick, J. Marisnick
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Forsythe-Odor-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (L, 12-6)7.074421223.931.239.0
      C. Martin0.22110113.161.00-2.5
      S. Kelley0.00000003.001.150.0
      J. Leclerc0.10000104.201.220.5
      Total8.09552143---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (L, 12-6)7.0
      C. Martin0.2
      S. Kelley0.0
      J. Leclerc0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Armenteros (W, 1-0)5.02112601.931.0020.0
      J. James (H, 4)0.21110114.731.31-1.5
      C. McHugh (H, 3)1.10001205.021.133.0
      W. Harris (H, 15)1.02000201.721.172.0
      R. Osuna (S, 22)1.01110212.380.899.0
      Total9.06333132---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Armenteros (W, 1-0)5.0
      J. James (H, 4)0.2
      C. McHugh (H, 3)1.1
      W. Harris (H, 15)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 22)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 118-74, C. Martin 16-12, J. Leclerc 4-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 3-5, C. Martin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Armenteros 91-55, J. James 15-9, C. McHugh 22-15, W. Harris 20-14, R. Osuna 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 3-6, J. James 1-0, C. McHugh 2-0, W. Harris 1-0, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Armenteros 19, J. James 3, C. McHugh 5, W. Harris 5, R. Osuna 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Forsythe homered to left center35
      • 8TH INNING
        Brantley homered to right25
      • 6TH INNING
        Mazara homered to left24
      • 5TH INNING
        Alvarez singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, Brantley to third14
        Altuve homered to center13
      • 3RD INNING
        Santana reached on an infield single to second, Mathis scored, Choo to second12
      • 1ST INNING
        Brantley homered to right center, Bregman scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Will Harris
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe homered to left center
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to first
        • Hunter Pence hit for Jeff Mathis
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Collin McHugh
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Foul, Santana singled to right
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Andrus singled to shallow right, Santana to second
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to second, Santana to third, Andrus out at second
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Martin relieved Lance Lynn
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley homered to right
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel doubled to left center
        • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to first, Gurriel to third
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Chris Martin
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Shawn Kelley
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to second
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded into double play third to second to first, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Rogelio Armenteros
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andrus grounded out to second
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara homered to left
        • Collin McHugh relieved Josh James
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reddick flied out to center
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick popped out to shortstop
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Armenteros Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman grounded out to first
        • J. Mathis: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stassi flied out to right
        • M. Straw: Ball, Straw lined out to right
        • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alvarez singled to shallow center, Bregman scored, Brantley to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Alvarez out at second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Armenteros Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Reddick struck out on foul tip
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Armenteros Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman fouled out to third
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Choo singled to shallow center, Mathis to third
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana reached on an infield single to second, Mathis scored, Choo to second
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara popped out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Armenteros Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor flied out to deep right
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Armenteros Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • D. Santana: Santana popped out to shortstop
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Andrus lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Brantley homered to right center, Bregman scored
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Alvarez singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Reddick struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)