Bregman, Tucker, McCormick homer in 1st inning as the Astros rout Marlins 12-5

Astros over Orioles 2-1

MIAMI (AP) — Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick homered in the first inning, and the Houston Astros built a huge early lead and beat the Miami Marlins 12-5 Wednesday night.

Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez hit his fourth career triple, and Mauricio Dubón had two hits and two RBIs as Houston banged out 12 hits and took two of three games from Miami.

Justin Verlander (8-6) benefitted from the early run support and threw five innings of five-run ball. The veteran right-hander gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out two in his third start since he rejoined the Astros at the trade deadline Aug. 1.

José Altuve returned to Houston’s lineup one-day after fouling a pitch off his left shin and leaving the game in the bottom of the first. The star second baseman went 0 for 4 and remains three hits shy of 2,000 for his career.

The Astros broke loose for five runs in the first against Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo (8-8). Bregman and Tucker hit consecutive solo homers, McCormick added a two-run shot and Dubón added an RBI double to cap the outburst.

The Marlins started cutting into the deficit with Jake Burger’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning.

Jeremy Peña’s run-scoring single in the third put Houston ahead 6-2 before the Marlins cut their deficit in the fourth. Jon Berti reached on an RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and Peña’s throwing error allowed Jesús Sánchez to score from second.

Bryan De La Cruz’s run-scoring double in the fifth got Miami within 6-5.

Houston broke it open again with six runs in the seventh off relievers Andrew Nardi and Jorge López. Dubon’s sacrifice fly made it 7-5 and Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk. Bregman followed with a two-run double and Tucker hit a two-RBI single in the outburst.

Astros rout Marlins 12-5

Luzardo’s outing ended after Alvarez’s two-out triple in the fourth.

The left-hander allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits. He is 0-3 with a 7.39 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.


Retired New York Yankees star outfielder Bernie Williams performed a guitar rendition of the national anthem.


Astros: OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder surgery) homered in a rehab game with Triple-A Sugarland on Tuesday.

Marlins: RHP Tommy Nance (right elbow surgery) was scheduled to make a one-inning rehab appearance with Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday.


Astros: RHP J.P. France (9-3, 2.74) will start the opener of a three-game home set against the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-10, 4.09) will start the opener of a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

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