Gurriel helps Astros beat Guardians 2-1 to win series

May 25, 2022, 8:20 AM | Updated: 9:19 pm
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve gestures after hitting a single against the Cleveland Guardians during ...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve gestures after hitting a single against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

              Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Cal Quantrill delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
            
              Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) is tagged out by Cleveland Guardians shortstop Andres Gimenez while trying to advance on Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
            
              Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez (44) celebrates with Mauricio Dubon after scoring against the Cleveland Guardians during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
            
              Cleveland Guardians shortstop Andres Gimenez attempts to throw out Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. Gurriel was safe at first. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
            
              Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
            
              Houston Astros' Jose Altuve gestures after hitting a single against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Another solid pitching performance paired with just enough offense helped the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday night.

Yuli Gurriel and José Siri had two hits each, Cristian Javier tied a career high with nine strikeouts and the Astros topped the Guardians 2-1 to win their series.

“You’d rather score a whole bunch of runs and sit back a little bit, but sometimes it’s not like that,” manager Dusty Baker said. “So I was glad that we scratched across those runs and were able to win it.”

It was a much-needed performance from Gurriel, who hit .319 last season to win the AL batting title but has struggled this year. He entered in an 0-for-9 slide and is hitting .224 this year.

Javier (3-2) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings as Houston won its second straight after dropping the series opener.

“He had a very good slider, good fastball to start, came off crisp, had good location,” Baker said. “And it just seems like they don’t square up his fastball that often.”

Houston led 2-0 after scoring on sacrifice flies in the fifth and sixth innings. The Guardians cut the lead to 1 when Josh Naylor scored on a wild pitch by Hector Neris with two outs in the seventh.

Ryan Pressly struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill (1-3) gave up six hits and two runs while walking four in six innings to lose his third straight decision.

“Did a pretty good job of keeping the team in the game,” Quantrill said. “It wasn’t easy today, but I thought it was a good battle.”

The Astros loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Quantrill escaped the jam when he retired Gurriel on a fly out.

Siri doubled and moved to third on a single by Jose Altuve with no outs in the fifth. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when Siri scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley.

Yordan Alvarez walked with no outs in the sixth, then Gurriel hit a grounder and was called out at first. The Astros challenged the call, and it was overturned.

Aledmys Díaz hit a grounder next, and he was also called out a first. Houston challenged that play, and it was overturned, too, leaving runners at first and third after Gurriel was out at second on the force. The Astros extended the lead to 2-0 when Alvarez scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Castro.

Javier had allowed just a first-inning walk by José Ramírez when the Guardians got their first hit on a single by Ernie Clement with two outs in the fifth.

There were two outs in the sixth when Amed Rosario singled on a grounder to left field. Ramírez followed with a double that chased Javier. He was replaced by Ryne Stanek, and Owen Miller lined out to leave everyone stranded.

Naylor walked to start the seventh before Andrés Giménez singled off Blake Taylor. There were two outs in the inning when Neris took over for Taylor and bounced a pitch in the dirt to allow Naylor to score. Neris walked Austin Hedges but retired Myles Straw.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale, who was scheduled to start Thursday, was placed on the 15-day injured list with glute tightness. LHP Konnor Pilkington will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start in his place.

THEY SAID IT

Siri, who had his fourth stolen base Wednesday night, on his speed: “I have a lot of fun. I feel like I’m a player, that I can change the game in a second, whether it’s with my legs or with the bat.”

UP NEXT

Guardians: Pilkington (1-3, 2.08 ERA) will make his second start and fifth appearance when the Guardians open a three-game series at Detroit Thursday night.

Astros: Houston is off Thursday before Justin Verlander (6-1, 1.22) looks to win a seventh consecutive decision in the opener of a three-game series at Seattle.

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