Bregman homers, has 3 RBIs to lead Astros over Mariners 4-2

Logan Gilbert hit five, allowed two carries and batted six in six innings.

HOUSTON (AP) – After Oakland suffered their first straight win of the season, the Houston Astros were determined to get back on track against the Seattle Mariners.

Alex Bregman’s big night made sure they did.

Bregman hit an early two-run homer, and his tie RBI double in the eighth inning led the Astros 4-2 over the Seattle Mariners Thursday night.

“It feels great,” Bregman said. “Tough time over there (in Oakland) but I think this team is doing a good job turning the page and tonight was an example of that.”

Bregman was jarred in a collision while scoring the Astros’ final run in heat eight, but he stayed in the game. He said afterwards that he was fine and would be in the line-up on Friday night.

His big accomplishment came after manager Dusty Baker gave him a day off on Wednesday to rest.

“Sometimes you give the guys a day off and they come back mentally and physically refreshed,” Baker said. “Today it worked. He was fresh and we needed that from him.”

The game was tied when Andrés Muñoz (1-4) hit Yuli Gurriel between the chest and shoulder with a 100 mph fastball to start Houston’s eighth game. The impact staggered Gurriel backward and his batting helmet flew off, but he appeared fine and trotted to first base.

Gurriel stole second base with an out and Bregman, hitting on the first homer, doubled the wall in left midfield to take a 3-2 lead.

Bregman hit on a wild pitch with two outs and collided with a diving Muñoz as the reliever tried to make the tag.

Bregman got up after the slide but immediately fell to the ground on his hands and knees. Getting back up, Bregman didn’t put any weight on his left leg, but he hobbled away as he spoke to Baker and went to third base for ninth.

Rafael Montero (4-1) hit four outs without allowing a hit for the win, and Ryan Pressly made a scoreless ninth place with his 21st save in 24 chances.

Pressly had retired 32 straight batters and tied Justin Verlander for most in team history when JP Crawford singled out in the ninth with two outs. Pressly knocked out Cal Raleigh to end it.

Ty France and Carlos Santana each had an RBI for the Mariners, coming off a Rangers sweep that came after they were swept by the Astros in their previous series.

“Another close game with the Astros,” said coach Scott Servais. “The last four games we’ve played have been very, very close. Unfortunately we couldn’t do much offensively, but we had a few chances. It was a close game and a very good game.”

This game was characterized by strong efforts from the starters of both teams. Houston’s Jose Urquidy allowed two runs and four hits with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Seattle’s Logan Gilbert hit five but also allowed two runs and knocked out six in six innings.

There were two outs in the first when Jordan Alvarez doubled to right field. Bregman then hit his 13th homer on the left pitches to make it 2-0.

Adam Frazier started as a single to start the third before Urquidy joined Dylan Moore and Julio Rodriguez to load the bases. The Mariners came within 1 when Frazier scored on a sacrificial fly from France.

Seattle equalized when Moore scored in a Santana groundout. Urquidy then withdrew Eugenio Suárez to limit the damage.

Raleigh doubled in the seventh inning with an out to the corner of right field. There were two outs in the inning when Urquidy was replaced by Montero and he retired Adam Frazier to end the threat.

Mariners: RHP Diego Castillo has been placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a right shoulder infection. RHP Matt Brash was recalled by Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm strain) made his second rehab for Triple-A Sugar Lane on Wednesday. He allowed three hits and two runs in three innings. The Astros are yet to announce what the next step is for McCullers, who has been out with the injury all season.

Pressly on adjusting to Verlander’s record for consecutive retired batters: “Anytime you have your name next to his, you’re probably doing a good deed. So it’s an honor to be next to him. I was just trying to put zeros together and you look up and when you lined up that many it’s nice.”

Verlander (13-3, 1.86 ERA), whose 13 wins lead the majors, takes on Robbie Ray (8-7, 3.90) when the streak resumes Friday night. Bregman homers, has 3 RBIs to lead Astros over Mariners 4-2

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