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Mariners roll past Astros; Rangers rally by A’s

Early homers help Mariners over Astros 7-1


HOUSTON (AP) _ Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Jean Segura all homered off Dallas Keuchel early to back up another solid start by James Paxton and give the Seattle Mariners a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

The Mariners have won five straight to move ahead of the defending champion Astros and into first place in the American League West.

Their bats got going early on Tuesday night, with Seager hitting a three-run homer in Seattle’s four-run first and Zunino padding the lead to 6-0 with his two-run shot in the second.

Paxton (5-1) gave up nine hits but just one run in 7 2/3 innings to extend his winning streak to five games. The Canadian lefty struck out six and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.95.

For the Astros the struggles continue for Keuchel (3-8), the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner. He tied a season-high by yielding seven hits and the seven runs were the most he’s allowed this season. It was the second time he’s given up three homers this season as he lost for the third time in four games.

Marwin Gonzalez was a home run shy of the cycle and drove in Houston’s only run with a second-inning double on a night the Astros had trouble stringing together hits and dropped their third straight.

Dee Gordon started things in the first with a leadoff single before a single by Jean Segura. Mitch Haniger grounded into a forceout that left Segura out at second and scored Gordon to make it 1-0. Nelson Cruz singled before Seager’s 10th homer this season made it 4-0.

Ben Gamel opened the second with a single and Zunino pushed the lead to 6-0 with his blast to left field.

Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles to start Houston’s second and the Astros cut it to 6-1 when Correa scored on a double by Gonzalez.

Gonzalez tripled with two outs in the fourth, but Max Stassi grounded out to leave him stranded.

Keuchel settled down after those tough two innings and had retired 10 straight when Segura connected off him with one out in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-1.

The Astros had a single in the sixth and seventh, but Paxton faced the minimum in both of those innings thanks to double plays.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the eighth to give the Astros multiple hits in an inning for the first time since the second and chase Paxton. Juan Nicasio took over and needed just one pitch to get a groundout by Correa to end the inning.


Astros: C Brian McCann, on the disabled list with right knee soreness, continues to ramp up his activity level and manager A.J. Hinch said they’ll likely decide what next for him on Wednesday. … OF Josh Reddick, who is recovering from an infection near his right knee, continued a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday and Hinch said he could come of the DL as soon as Wednesday.


Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 2.60 ERA) opposes Houston’s Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.89) when this two-game series wraps up on Wednesday night. LeBlanc has started and pitched in relief this season and has allowed just six earned runs combined
in his six starts. McCullers picked up his seventh win in his last start by
yielded four hits and two runs over six innings of a 4-2 win over Boston.

Beltre tiebreaking HR among 5 for Rangers, who beat A’s 7-4


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Adrian Beltre led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer for the Texas Rangers, who went deep a season-high five times in a 7-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Beltre made it 5-4 when he connected off reliever Lou Trivino (3-1), who then walked Jurickson Profar before Joey Gallo pulled a two-run shot into the right-field seats. It was Gallo’s 16th homer.

Shin-Soo Choo, Robinson Chirinos and Profar also homered for Texas.

Chris Martin (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for his first big league victory, and Keone Kela struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 14th save _ the most in the majors without a blown chance.

It was only the second home run of the season for Beltre, who missed 28 games during two stints on the disabled list because of a left hamstring strain and was playing only his fourth game since being activated. His first homer at home this season was 3,083th career hit, the most among active players.

Khris Davis had an RBI double and scored on Matt Olson’s single in the first for Oakland. Davis hit a solo homer, his 14th, in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. Olson’s second RBI single of the game made it 4-2 in the seventh.

Choo stretched his majors-best on-base streak to 21 games with a leadoff walk in the first. His game-tying two-run homer in the seventh gave him a 12-game hitting streak, matching Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the longest active in the big leagues.

Chirinos homered on his 34th birthday.


Athletics: RHP Liam Hendricks (strained right groin) was activated from the 10-day DL, and RHP Daniel Gossett (right elbow strain) went on the DL after an MRI on Monday. … OF Boog Powell, who has missed 52 games because of a strained right knee, has been in extended spring training. He could start working out with the A’s this weekend, and then go on a rehab assignment.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus, who has missed 49 games with a broken right elbow and is eligible to come off the 60-day DL next Monday, took groundballs and made throws to first base. He is scheduled to take batting practice on the field soon. “He’s progressing nicely, moving forward,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Starting to see a little positive excitement that we can see a little light.”


Bartolo Colon (2-3), the 45-year-old Rangers right-hander, makes his fourth attempt at getting his 243rd career victory to match Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal for the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic. Colon spent two seasons with Oakland, going 18-6 for the A’s in 2013. Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-4) was 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA in six May starts.

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