BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Yuli Gurriel had a career-high four hits, including a home run, and the Houston Astros received a gritty pitching performance from Mike Fiers in an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Colin Moran hit his first major league homer and first triple for Houston, and Brian McCann also went deep.
The Astros took an 8-2 lead into the ninth before Adam Jones hit a two-run double off James Hoyt and Jonathan Schoop homered with two on against Chris Devenski.
After Chris Davis was thrown out trying to bunt against the shift, Ken Giles struck out Mark Trumbo to earn his 21st save.
Working in 90-degree temperatures on a steamy night at Camden Yards, Fiers (7-4) threw 105 pitches over seven innings. The right-hander struck out nine, including Jones three times, and allowed one run and six hits.
Coming off a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Orioles hoped to continue their surge against baseball’s other team from the Lone Star State. Instead, Baltimore fell behind 5-0 in the second inning and dropped four games under .500.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. In four starts this month, he’s yielded 21 runs and 31 hits over 19 innings.
Houston used a two-out RBI single by Carlos Beltran and Gurriel’s 12th home run to take a 3-0 lead in the first. Moran tripled in a run and scored on a groundout in the second.
Jimenez has allowed 32 runs in the first two innings of his 15 starts. Although he settled down in this one, the early deficit was too much for Baltimore to overcome.
McCann homered leading off the sixth and Moran’s first long ball in the big leagues came in the eighth inning, a solo shot off Richard Bleier.
Houston finished with 16 hits, at least one from every starter.
Astros bench coach Joey Cora left the team to be with his newly expanded family after his wife gave birth to twins Friday. He is expected to miss this series and will rejoin the team Monday in Philadelphia.
Astros: RHP Dallas Keuchel (neck) will make perhaps his final rehab appearance Saturday, this time with the Class A Tri-City ValleyCats. “We will certainly consider this being his last time. He’s itching to get back at this level,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
Orioles: INF Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will accompany the team to Tampa Bay next week and could start playing rehab games on Thursday. He’s been out since mid-May.
Collin McHugh makes his 2017 debut Saturday night for the Astros after being shelved with right shoulder tendinitis and making four rehab appearances with Double-A Corpus Christi. The right-hander went 13-10 last year. Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.20 ERA) tries to build on his last start, when he allowed one run in six innings against Texas. Tillman is winless since his season debut on May 7.
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