Astros hold off Rangers, 6-5, for 9th straight victory

After a successful May for the Houston Astros, two players earned American League monthly awards, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

The nine-game streak is the longest winning streak for Houston since it won 10 straight in 2015.

The Rangers have now lost 10 of their last 13.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, Friday, June 2, 2017. We're happy where we're at.

Smith homered to lead off the first, and Machado added a 465-foot blast, No. 11 of the season, two batters later which gave Asher and the Orioles an early 2-0 lead. And they just won the player and pitcher of the month. "I believe in the work that I do every single day, so I know that time will come". Yuli Gurriel's double made it 4-0 and after a hit-by-pitch, George Springer's two-out, three-run homer pushed the Astros' lead to 7-0. Carlos Correa had a tiebreaking RBI single before Beltran's two-run single. Adrian Beltre followed with an RBI single to make it a one-run game and end the night for McCullers.

Additionally, McCullers did not allow an earned run in four consecutive starts from May 6-23. "A really big, game-changing hit". "I felt like I got a little unlucky on some balls put in play, and then some hits that were infield hits".

Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (12 innings): Cody Bellinger led off the 12th inning with a solo home run against Neftali Feliz as Los Angeles rallied to beat Milwaukee at Miller Park.

Cashner matched his career high by allowing 11 hits.

Nationals 13, Athletics 3: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched seven solid innings and Washington pounded out 20 hits with five home runs in a rout of Oakland. "I could have the best record against a team or the worst record against a team - I still think I'm going to go out and do my job correctly". I don't really like either pitcher here, but with the Astros offense behind him I have to go with Peacock.

Coming into the weekend, Jose Altuve had 67 hits, 37 runs and 27 RBI, while Carlos Correa had 60 hits, 36 runs and 37 RBI.

"Obviously he was a guy who was so good for us last year and obviously good for us in certain stretches this year", manager Jeff Banister said. His first three strikeouts came with runners in scoring position, and the last ended the game with a runner at first.

Andrus collected three of the nine Texas hits.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: Jason Heyward's eighth-inning sacrifice fly drove in Anthony Rizzo to snap a tie as Chicago edged St. Louis to snap a six-game losing streak.

Rangers: 1B Mike Napoli left in the fifth inning because of back spasms. They will decide between RHPs Nick Martinez, Austin Bibens-Dirkx or Dillon Gee. The Rangers will try to avoid their fourth consecutive series loss.

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