Keuchel rides Astros' homers to 16th win

Keuchel rides Astros' homers to 16th win

HOUSTON -- There is nothing more automatic in baseball these days than Dallas Keuchel winning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' All-Star left-hander remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.

Keuchel (16-6) held the Mariners to six hits and one run -- a second-inning homer by Mark Trumbo -- to improve to 12-0 at Minute Maid Park this season. He also extended his club record by throwing at least six innings in his 38th consecutive start while throwing a season-high 121 pitches.

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'Amazing' Altuve has August to remember

'Amazing' Altuve has August to remember

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve had exited from the Astros' clubhouse following Monday's 8-3 win over the Mariners before he had a chance to talk to the media, which gave his teammates a chance to tell reporters how incredible he's been playing lately.

Altuve, the reigning Major League batting champion, capped off his terrific August by going 3-for-5 to extend his career-long on-base streak to 28 games, meaning he reached base in every game in the month. He finished August with 45 hits, which ties the club record for hits in the month (Jesus Alou, 1970).

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Keuchel's glove work key to earning 16th win

Keuchel's glove work key to earning 16th win

HOUSTON -- The remains of Franklin Gutierrez's shattered bat flung straight in the air, coming dangerously close to landing on Dallas Keuchel, who was too busy navigating the bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning of a tie game to notice where the wood would land.

"If it stuck me in the neck, it was going to stick me in the neck," Keuchel said. "I was going to try to get the out."

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Correa returns to Astros' lineup with homer

Correa returns to Astros' lineup with homer

HOUSTON -- After missing four consecutive games with a sore left hamstring, shortstop Carlos Correa returned to the Astros' starting lineup on Monday, batting in his usual three-hole for the series opener against the Mariners in Houston's 8-3 win.

After singling in the first and striking out in the third, Correa belted his 16th homer of the season, a two-run shot to left, for a 5-1 Astros lead in the fifth inning. His 16 homers are the second-most by a big league shortstop younger than 21 (Alex Rodriguez hit 26 before his 21st birthday).

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Astros' roster expansion begins with trio

Astros' roster expansion begins with trio

HOUSTON -- The Astros made their first of what should be a few waves of roster moves after their 8-3 win over the Mariners on Monday night in advance of Tuesday's date to expand the rosters by calling up right-handed pitcher Josh Fields, infielder Jonathan Villar and selecting left-hander Joe Thatcher to the Major League roster.

Villar and Thatcher will join the club Tuesday from Triple-A Fresno, while Fields will be recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi. A corresponding roster move will be made Tuesday to make room for Thatcher on the 40-man roster.

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Springer continues rehab games, goes 1-for-4

Springer continues rehab games, goes 1-for-4

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Astros outfielder George Springer had his third straight 1-for-4 rehab performance with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in the club's 11-9 loss to the San Antonio Missions on Monday night.

Springer opened the game by drawing three straight low fastballs from San Antonio starter Dennis O'Grady, then took a called strike at the waist before grounding out hard to second base.

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Feldman set to kick off Astros' September push

Feldman set to kick off Astros' September push

Scott Feldman will look to carry over his torrid run through August when he begins the first meaningful September for the Astros since 2008, facing American League West foe Seattle and southpaw Roenis Elias on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Feldman, whose 1.33 August ERA was the lowest in the American League, comes off eight scoreless innings last Monday against the Yankees, although run support disappeared and he didn't factor in the decision in a 1-0 Astros loss. He's allowed just four earned runs in his last 27 innings of work.

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Astros owner Crane gives Fiers no-no gifts

Astros owner Crane gives Fiers no-no gifts

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane presented pitcher Mike Fiers with a Breitling watch and a shadow box commemorating his Aug. 21 no-hitter prior to Monday's game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

The shadow box included the lineup card that was posted in the dugout, a ticket stub from the game, the ball thrown for the final out and a pair of pictures of Fiers celebrating the final out of Houston's first no-hitter in 11 years.

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Astros put up fight despite missing key bats

Astros put up fight despite missing key bats

MINNEAPOLIS -- Down seven runs to the Twins in the ninth inning, it would have been easy for the Astros to fold. They hadn't scored all day and it was the last game of a six-day, seven-game road trip. They didn't.

Instead, the Astros battled in the ninth inning for five runs. Though Houston's rally fell short, it made a 7-5 loss seem a lot closer than it actually was.

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Astros' trio on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Astros' trio on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Keuchel goes for win No. 16 in opener against Mariners

Keuchel goes for win No. 16 in opener against Mariners

Dallas Keuchel hopes to further his cause for the American League Cy Young Award when he takes the mound Monday night for the Astros to open a three-game series against the Mariners in Houston. But more importantly, he aims to keep Houston atop the AL West.

Keuchel became the AL's first pitcher to reach 15 wins and hopes to become the first to No. 16 as he enters on a five-game streak of quality starts. He currently sits second in ERA, WHIP and innings in the AL, but takes on a Mariners offense that has scored 24 runs over its last five games.

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Astros don't go quietly in finale with Twins

Astros don't go quietly in finale with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- After struggling throughout August, Ervin Santana returned to form to throw seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and the Twins got home runs from Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano to earn a 7-5 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Santana's gem and the 7-0 lead the homers gave the Twins through eight innings helped Minnesota survive Houston's five-run ninth. With their eighth win in their last 10 games, the Twins kept pace with the Rangers, who also won Sunday to maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota for the second American League Wild Card slot.

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Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

Correa's injury postpones matchup vs. Twins' phenoms

MINNEAPOLIS -- The long-anticipated matchup between Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft and likely favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton -- the No. 2 pick that year -- and third baseman Miguel Sano -- another Rookie of the Year candidate -- will have to wait until the Twins visit Houston next weekend.

Correa was out of the Astros' lineup with a sore left hamstring for the fourth consecutive game in Sunday's series finale against the Twins. He ran on Saturday and will again on Monday. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa would stick to working out on a treadmill or stationary bike on Sunday.

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Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

Right-hander allows three hits over six-plus in win over Twins

Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers tried out his best Johnny Vander Meer impression on Saturday, but it only lasted three innings.

Fiers, who tossed a no-hitter in his last start against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, held the Twins hitless until the fourth, when Joe Mauer ended the right-hander's attempt to become the second pitcher to throw two consecutive no-hitters during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

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Another strong outing for Feliz; Reed extends streak

Another strong outing for Feliz; Reed extends streak

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- With Astros slugger George Springer resting after his first rehab start in eight weeks, a pair of the club's top prospects were poised to compete for center stage Sunday at Whataburger Field.

First baseman A.J. Reed and starting pitcher Michael Feliz, ranked as the Astros' No. 5 and No. 6 prospects, respectively, turned in another strong showing. Reed upped his team-high hitting streak to nine games and Feliz threw six innings of two-hit baseball, despite a no-decision in the Hooks' 2-1 victory over San Antonio (Padres) in front of 5,973 fans.

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Springer singles, 'shakes off cobwebs' in rehab assignment

Springer singles, 'shakes off cobwebs' in rehab assignment

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- George Springer returned to Double-A baseball to a hero's welcome Saturday night, going a quiet 1-for-4 with a run scored in a rehab assignment at Whataburger Field.

Wearing the home whites of the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A Astros) for the first time since his midseason promotion in 2013 -- when he was named the Texas League Player of the Year and All-Star Game MVP -- the Houston outfielder received an ovation from the crowd of 6,077 as he walked to the plate in the first.

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Astros ride 3-run 4th in Fiers' strong encore

Astros ride 3-run 4th in Fiers' strong encore

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers couldn't replicate the no-hitter from his previous outing, but tossed six-plus innings of three-hit ball to lead the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field.

Fiers, who threw a 134-pitch no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, was given extra rest and looked sharp against Minnesota. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and three walks to improve to 2-0 with 2.25 ERA in five appearances with Houston since being traded from Milwaukee. But he left after taking a comebacker from Eddie Rosario off his hand in the seventh after hitting Trevor Plouffe with a pitch -- a non-factor in his exit, he said, as he was unhurt and already at 98 pitches.

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Astros being careful with Correa's injury

Rookie shortstop misses third straight game with sore left hamstring

Astros being careful with Correa's injury

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Astros in the middle of a playoff race, playing without Carlos Correa for a few games isn't ideal. But that pales in comparison to losing him for even longer, prompting the team to be extra cautious with the rookie shortstop.

Correa was out of the lineup for his third consecutive game on Saturday with a sore left hamstring, but he had a chance to test it and run on the field pregame, which he didn't do Friday.

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Castro placed on DL, Stassi called up

Catcher out with quad strain suffered during Friday's loss to Twins

Castro placed on DL, Stassi called up

MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Max Stassi would have been on his way to rejoin the Astros early next week from Triple-A Fresno when rosters expanded. But with catcher Jason Castro suffering a right quad strain in Friday night's game, Stassi got the call a few days earlier. Stassi made his way to Minneapolis in time to suit up for Saturday's game against the Twins, though he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Castro has been getting treatment since Friday, but said his quad is still sore, which was to be expected. With an already short bench, placing him on the 15-day disabled list became the team's most logical option.

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Bregman collects four hits, Reed leads Minors in homers

Astros No. 1 prospect records his first four-hit game, No. 5 prospect grabs the Minor League home run lead

Bregman collects four hits, Reed leads Minors in homers

A.J. Reed is back in front.

The Astros' No. 5 prospect (No. 99 overall) crushed his 31st home run of the season during Double-A Corpus Christi's 17-6 blowout win over Midland. In the lineup as the designated hitter, he finished 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs, boosting his line to .352/.419/.576 since joining the Hooks on July 12.

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Kazmir solid, but Astros get blanked by Twins

Kazmir solid, but Astros get blanked by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson tossed 5 1/3 innings to get his first win since July 12 while helping the Twins earn a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Friday night at Target Field.

The Twins have won seven of eight and remain a half-game behind the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Astros remain five games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.

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Kazmir's control problems prove costly in 4th

Kazmir's control problems prove costly in 4th

MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros starter Scott Kazmir retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced on Friday night. And then, the lefty unraveled for an inning.

Kazmir lost his control in the fourth and though he eventually regained it, the damage had been done in a 3-0 loss to the Twins.

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Lighting rod: Gomez's passion electric

Lighting rod: Gomez's passion electric

HOUSTON -- It's been nearly a month since the Astros pulled off a trade to acquire outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers from the Brewers, and both have found themselves making big headlines.

Fiers, of course, pitched the 11th no-hitter in Astros history on Friday, while Gomez -- who has struggled mightily at the plate since coming to Houston -- was in a firestorm of controversy Tuesday when the Yankees took exception to his flashy gestures and bat slamming, igniting a benches-clearing incident.

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Astros' starters making strong statement

McHugh quiets Yanks, adds to rotation's stellar stretch

Astros' starters making strong statement

NEW YORK -- When Mike Fiers threw his no-hitter on Friday against the Dodgers in Houston, it was just another outing in an impressive run through the rotation for Astros starting pitchers -- a run that was continued by Collin McHugh on Wednesday.

McHugh picked up his 14th win by holding the Yankees two runs and five hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings, sending the Astros to a 6-2 victory, their seventh in their past nine games. Six different starters have taken the ball the past six games, and each has been terrific.

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Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Collin McHugh pitched well into the seventh inning and Evan Gattis homered twice as the Astros defeated the Yankees, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, taking the rubber contest of a three-game set.

McHugh took advantage of a Yankees lineup that was outscored, 21-4, in the series, limiting New York to two runs and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander snapped a three-start losing streak and earned his 14th victory as the Astros notched consecutive road victories for the first time since June 17-18 at Coors Field. Houston's won 10 of its past 14 games.

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Richard Justice

Fiery Gomez only knows one speed

Fiery Gomez only knows one speed

This is one of the reasons the first-place Houston Astros wanted Carlos Gomez. Sure, they wanted the spectacular plays in center field. They wanted the power, the stolen bases and all the other stuff that has defined his nine seasons in the Major Leagues.

They also wanted Gomez's fire and emotion. They loved that part of his game, too. With some guys, you wonder how much they really love baseball. With Gomez, there's never a doubt. He takes every at-bat seriously. Doesn't matter if the score is 3-2 or 9-0.

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Astros likely to add catcher, relievers Tuesday

Bulk of callups may come after Minor League playoffs

Astros likely to add catcher, relievers Tuesday

NEW YORK -- The Astros will add a couple of players to the fold when rosters can be expanded Tuesday, likely a third catcher, another left-handed reliever and a long reliever. The rest of the players the club wants to call up could have to wait until the Minor League playoffs are over.

Both Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi have clinched playoff spots, with Fresno winning the Pacific Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League with a 7-3 win over Iowa on Tuesday. Corpus Christi won the Texas League South Division first-half title.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Explosive' Astros have long-awaited outburst

'Explosive' Astros have long-awaited outburst

NEW YORK -- The Astros took out weeks of offensive frustration on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, scoring five times in the first inning en route to a 15-1 drubbing of the Yankees in which they scored as many runs as they had in their previous seven games combined.

It was the kind of offensive outburst the Astros haven't seen in quite some time. It was the most runs they've scored in a game since April 9, 2013, at Seattle, and the 14-run margin of victory was their largest since an 18-4 win over St. Louis on Aug. 3, 2010. Not bad for an offense that had a .201 batting average in its previous 19 games.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.