Astros beat Tigers 3-2, extend winning streak to six games

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered early, and Michael Brantley tripled in a two-run eighth to help the Houston Astros run their winning streak to a season-best six games with an 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

The win was manager Dusty Baker’s 2,004th, passing Bruce Bochy (2,003) for 11th on the all-time list.

The Astros trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Altuve singled with one out and scored on a triple to right field by Brantley to tie it. The Tigers intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez with two outs before Michael Fulmer (1-1) walked Yuli Gurriel to load the bases. Another walk to Kyle Tucker scored Brantley to put Houston up 3-2.

Bryan Abreu (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and closer Ryan Pressly threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Miguel Cabrera doubled in the third inning to join Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits, 500 homers and 600 doubles in their careers.


BOSTON (AP) — José Abreu hit a go-ahead double in the 10th after Chicago tied it an inning earlier, helping the White Sox beat Boston for their fifth straight win.

Leury García had two singles and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth for the White Sox (13-13), who reached .500 for the first time since April 21.

Rafael Devers had an RBI double for Boston, which has lost 13 of 17. The Red Sox have lost six straight series.

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Abreu drove in automatic runner AJ Pollock and Luis Robert followed with an RBI single off Matt Barnes (0-3).

Reynaldo López (4-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief and Liam Hendricks got three outs for his ninth save. Matt Barnes (0-3) took the loss.



CLEVELAND (AP) — Owen Miller delivered a two-run double and Franmil Reyes homered and had two RBIs, helping Cleveland beat Toronto and earn a doubleheader split.

Miller’s double was part of a three-run first. Reyes hit a solo shot in the third and singled home Amed Rosario in the fifth. The Guardians were playing in their MLB-high third doubleheader, all at Progressive Field.

Triston McKenzie (2-2) earned his second straight victory with six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine.

Bo Bichette had an RBI double in the first and Santiago Espinal doubled home a run in the second for Toronto, which had its final 20 hitters retired in order by McKenzie and a trio of relievers. Ross Stripling (0-1) gave up four runs in four innings.

In the opener, George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against ace Shane Bieber.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (3-1) allowed one run and struck out five over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander issued his first walk of the season against his 137th batter, Reyes in the fourth, after 35 1/3 innings without a free pass.

Bieber (1-2) surrendered a career-high tying seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered in the sixth inning and four Minnesota pitchers made it stand up, sending Oakland to its eighth straight loss.

Minnesota pitchers combined to strike out 15 while allowing just three hits.

Polanco had three of Minnesota’s five hits. Griffin Jax (2-0) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings in relief. Jhoan Duran struck out five in two innings for his second save.

James Kaprielian (0-2) surrendered one run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.


CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw dominated over seven innings and Los Angeles beat Chicago in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Freddie Freeman doubled three times and scored twice, helping the NL West leaders win for the 16th time in 21 games. Austin Barnes homered and drove in three runs.

Kershaw (4-0) gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one, combining with two relievers on Los Angeles’ third shutout of the season.

Drew Smyly (1-3) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Pittsburgh emergency catcher Josh VanMeter had a rough time in his first try behind the plate since he was a teenager, and Cincinnati took advantage to end a nine-game losing streak in the opener of a doubleheader.

Pirates starting catcher Roberto Pérez was helped off the field with a left hamstring injury after falling while rounding second base in the top of the eighth. Backup catcher Andrew Knapp had been ejected in the bottom of the sixth.

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Tyler Stephenson hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning that fueled a seven-run burst. Tyler Naquin drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double.

Lucas Sims (1-0) earned the win. Wil Crowe (1-2) took the loss.


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