by Alan Spector

The Astros built a five-run lead and held on to top the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-2 at Houston.

Alex Bregman belted a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs, while Yulieski Gurriel knocked in the first two runs of his career with a pair of RBI doubles.

Dallas Keuchel pitched seven solid innings to pick up the win.

The Astros have won seven of their last eight games.

Bobby Wilson clubbed a two-run homer to keep the Rays from being shut out.

Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell got chased in the fourth inning, falling to 4-7 on the year.

In other state sports news...

  • Clayton Richard hit a season high, pitching seven innings to help the San Diego Padres blank the Marlins, 1-0 at Miami.  That napped the Padres' four-game losing streak.  San Diego's Ryan Schimpf homered for the second straight game and the 16th time since July 1st.  Martin Prado had four hits for the Marlins for the fourth time this season.  However, the Marlins were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position while getting shut out for the sixth time in their last 32 games.
  • The University of Miami (FL) is losing two key members of its football team as the season rapidly approaches.  Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace were both kicked off the team on Saturday because of NCAA rules violations.  Both players were expected to be starters. Muhammad was a redshirt junior and Grace was a senior.  The Hurricanes host Florida A&M on Saturday.