Yuli Gurriel ties Astros record with eight RBI game

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First baseman Yuli Gurriel tied an Astros record on Wednesday afternoon, knocking eight runs in a 14-3 win over the Rockies. The only other Astro to drive in eight runs in one game was J.R. Towles on September 20, 2007 against the Cardinals.

Gurriel smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to break a 1-1 tie. He added a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then cleared the bases with a double in the fourth. Finally, he brought home a run with a ground out in the sixth. He finished 2-for-4 on the day. Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s action, Gurriel is hitting .298/.333/.539 with 23 home runs, 80 RBI, and 62 runs scored on the season.

Gurriel is the third player to knock in eight runs in a game this season. The Athletics’ Josh Phegley did so on May 3 against the Pirates and the Giants’ Brandon Crawford brought home eight runs versus the Rockies on July 15. Interestingly, Gurriel had just two hits, becoming the ninth player since 1908 to knock in eight runs with two or fewer hits. The last player to do that was Eric Chávez on August 30, 2001 against the Orioles.

Wednesday’s victory marked the Astros’ sixth in a row and their 16th in their last 19 games. They now lead the Athletics by 10 games in the AL West.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.