Astros break out in 3rd to beat Ori­oles

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Hous­ton’s Evan Gat­tis hit a three­run homer and Luis Val­buena added a goa­head solo shot in a five- run third in­ning that lifted the Amer­i­can League­lead­ing Astros to a 6-4 win against Bal­ti­more on Tues­day.

The victory moved the Astros five games clear atop the AL West di­vi­sion as their near­est ri­vals, the Los An­ge­les An­gels, lost to an out­stand­ing per­for­mance by Tampa Bay’s rookie pitcher Chris Archer.

In the Na­tional League, Pitts­burgh con­tin­ued its form surge by down­ing San Fran­cisco, and San Diego dropped the New York Mets out of the NL East lead.

Bal­ti­more got on top of Hous­ton early with a four-run sec­ond in­ning but the Astros re­sponded in the next frame and went on to post a ma­jors-lead­ing 17th come-from-be­hind win this sea­son.

Hous­ton trailed by 3 when the homer by Gat­tis made it 4-4 and the Astros went back to back when Val­buena home­red to right field.

Tampa Bay won 6-1 at the An­gels, with pitcher Archer ty­ing a fran­chise record with 15 strike­outs over his eight innings.

Archer (6-4) matched James Shields’ club record set over nine innings in a game in 2012. The 26-year-old rookie did not walk a bat­ter and al­lowed only the one run.

The run he did al­low was Al­bert Pu­jols 14th homer of the sea­son, mov­ing him to 534 in his ca­reer, tied with Jim­mie Foxx for 17th place on the all­time list, and putting him two be­hind Mickey Man­tle. And he did it in his 8,134th big league at-bat - the ex­act same num­ber that Foxx fin­ished his ca­reer with.

Pitts­burgh made it 10 wins in 12 games by beat­ing San Fran­cisco 7-4, with An­drew McCutchen hav­ing four hits and driv­ing in two runs.

Pe­dro Al­varez also drove in two as the Pi­rates clinched a se­ries victory in their first en­counter this sea­son with the team that they lost to in last year’s NL wild-card play­off.

The Gi­ants have lost five straight games, and have dropped two games off the di­vi­sion lead.

San Diego pitcher Ian Kennedy threw six strong innings and out­pitched New York’s rookie sen­sa­tion Noah Syn­der- gaard as the Padres beat the Mets 7-2.

Kennedy (3-5) broke a four-start los­ing se­quence as he held the Mets to two runs.

Syn­der­gaard ( 2- 3) flashed enough qual­ity pitches to strike out 10 but the Padres scored seven runs in four innings; Syn­der­gaard’s short­est of his five ca­reer starts.

The Los An­ge­les Dodgers split a dou­ble-header at Colorado, with Alex Guer­rero hit­ting a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth in­ning to give the vis­i­tors a 9- 8 win in the night game.

Guer­rero sent a fast­ball from Rafael Be­tan­court ( 2- 2) to the deep­est part of Coors Field, just elud­ing the glove of the leap­ing cen­ter fielder. It was Guer­rero’s first ca­reer grand slam and fourth homer of the day for the Dodgers.

In the opener, Jorge De La Rosa threw six solid innings de­spite a cut on the mid­dle fin­ger of his pitch­ing hand, steer­ing the Rock­ies to a 6-3 win.

De La Rosa ( 2- 2) had his start pushed back twice be­cause of a cut from the ball seams. He notched his 71st win with the Rock­ies, one shy of match­ing Aaron Cook’s team record.

Cleve­land’s Michael Brant­ley drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth in­ning to give the In­di­ans a 2-1 win against Kansas City.

In­di­ans starter Car­los Car­rasco ( 7- 4) struck out eight over seven innings to win his third straight start.

The reign­ing AL cham­pion Roy­als have lost six of their past seven games.

Toronto’s Kevin Pil­lar hit two home runs off Wash­ing­ton ace Max Scherzer, in­clud­ing a go-ahead three-run drive, as the Blue Jays beat the Na­tion­als 7-3 in the night game to split a dou­ble­header.

Scherzer ( 6- 4) had won each of his pre­vi­ous five starts and ap­peared poised for an­other with a 3-1 lead. Pil­lar, how­ever, drove a pitch over the wall in left field in the sixth for his sec­ond homer of the game for a 4-3 lead.

AP

Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers short­stop Jean Se­gura #9 fails to catch a foul ball by St. Louis Car­di­nals’ Matt Car­pen­ter, be­tween third base­man Aramis Ramirez #16 and left fielder Ger­ardo Parra dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game, Tues­day, June 2.

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