Dubón shines against former team as Astros beat Giants 7-3

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HOUSTON (AP) — Mauricio Dubón had three hits, highlighted by a tiebreaking RBI double in a five-run seventh inning, and the Houston Astros beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Monday night.

The game was tied at 2-2 with one on and one out when Dubón, who played for the Giants from 2019 until last May, smacked his double to right field off Sean Hjelle (1-1).

Alex Bregman followed with an RBI single. He later scored on a groundout by José Abreu.

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The Giants intentionally walked Kyle Tucker before an RBI single by Jeremy Peña made it 6-2. Corey Julks wrapped up the scoring in that inning with a single that scored Tucker.

Houston’s offensive outburst came on a night the team saw its starter leave with an injury for a second straight game. Right-hander Luis García was lifted after just eight pitches Monday with discomfort in his throwing elbow.

His exit came a night after Jose Urquidy left in the sixth inning with discomfort in his right shoulder. Urquidy was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday.

Ryne Stanek (2-1), the fourth of six Houston pitchers, worked a scoreless seventh.

Joc Pederson had a two-run homer and LaMonte Wade Jr. added a solo shot for the Giants, who lost their fourth straight, including both games in a weekend series in Mexico City against the Padres.

García allowed a leadoff single to Wade and had thrown six pitches to Thairo Estrada when he stopped and motioned for catcher Martín Maldonado to come to the mound.

Maldonado spoke to García before signaling for a trainer. He and manager Dusty Baker came to the mound and spoke with the right-hander for a couple of minutes before escorting him off the field.

García looked to be in pain and shook his right arm a bit as he walked off the field.

Right-hander Brandon Bielak was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take Urquidy’s roster spot. He took over after García’s exit with the count at 2-2 on Estrada and struck him out.

Dubón singled to start Houston’s first and stole second base with two outs. Abreu singled on a grounder to center to score Dubón and put Houston up 1-0.

Bielak walked Wade with one out in the third and Pederson connected on his third homer this season with two outs. The shot, to the second deck in right field, put San Francisco up 2-1.

There were two outs in the fifth when Jake Meyers got things going with a single. Maldonado followed with a single on a grounder that was deflected by Estrada.

Dubón then lined a single to center to score Meyers and tie it at 2-2.

San Francisco starter Ross Stripling allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in five innings.

Bielak allowed two hits and two runs with three walks in four innings.


Giants: SS Brandon Crawford and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski were placed on the 10-day injured list. Crawford, who has a strained right calf, was injured in the fourth inning of San Francisco’s 16-11 loss to San Diego Saturday night in Mexico City. His stint on the IL is retroactive to Sunday. Yastrzemski was shelved with a left hamstring strain. He was injured in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Padres while diving to try and catch a ball hit by Matt Carpenter in the eighth inning. The Giants recalled outfielders Cal Stevenson and Brett Wisely from Triple-A Sacramento.

Astros: Urquidy was scheduled to see a doctor Monday evening.


Houston rookie Hunter Brown (3-0, 2.37 ERA) opposes Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 2.70) when the series continues Tuesday night.


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Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press