Springer’s 10th HR backs Verlander in Astros’ W

One day after the Astros' Gerrit Cole struck out eight batters in six innings in Tuesday's series opener, Justin Verlander held the Giants to one run and three hits while striking out nine in six innings to lead Houston to a two-game series sweep. Verlander (6-2) retired the first nine batters he faced on Wednesday before Gorkys Hernandez hit a triple to center and scored on a Buster Posey sac fly. George Springer rocketed his team-leading 10th homer of the season and Correa added an RBI single to drive Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (1-3) from the game after 4 2/3 innings.… Read More
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Astros show support for Santa Fe shooting victims

Astros players wore green "WE PLAY FOR SANTA FE" T-shirts during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants in honor of those killed and injured in last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles south of Houston.… Read More
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Could the Astros trade Dallas Keuchel?

In the latest Inbox, beat reporter Brian McTaggart answers questions on the likelihood of the Astros trading a starter such as Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Tucker's timeline, the latest on Forrest Whitley and more.… Read More
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Morton stalls Tribe over 7 innings for 6-0 mark

Charlie Morton held the Indians to one run and four hits while striking out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and improving to 6-0 in nine starts. The Tribe's lone run came in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's 10th homer of the season, but the Astros responded in the bottom half, taking the lead for good on Tony Kemp's ground-rule double that knocked out Mike Clevinger.… Read More
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Altuve’s 3-run double ignites Astros at Big A

The Astros were held to a run on four hits for seven innings by rookie Jaime Barria, but they didn't waste any time against the Angels' bullpen, as Jose Altuve hit a three-run double in the eighth to lead Houston to a 5-3 comeback victory on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Barria outdueled Gerrit Cole, who gave up home runs to Justin Upton and Rene Rivera in the UCLA star's return to Southern California.… Read More
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Keuchel K’s season-high 8 to seal series win

Dallas Keuchel earned his first home win of the season with seven scoreless innings and a season-high eight strikeouts. Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered to power the Astros. Matt Moore's struggles continued for the Rangers, as he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over three innings. Carlos Perez hit a solo home run for Texas.… Read More
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Springer day to day with left elbow contusion

More than a couple of hours after he was struck by a fastball on his left elbow and was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rangers, All-Star outfielder George Springer was still in considerable pain, he said. Springer is listed as day to day with a contusion.… Read More
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Astros hit back-to-back homers, sweep A’s

In a span of five pitches in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, Max Stassi and Derek Fisher combined to hit 861 feet of home runs off Daniel Mengden, igniting the Astros' bats to a sweep of the A's. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings in his shortest start of the season, allowing one run, four hits and three walks while striking out nine batters.… Read More
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