Urquidy pitches 7 scoreless innings, Astros beat Rays 3-1

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Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, left, and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino, center, looks on as Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel hits a two-run single during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 1, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

By DICK SCANLON

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jose Urquidy scattered four hits over seven shutout innings and the Houston Astros made an early lead stand up, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1. Jose Altuve doubled on the first pitch of the game, leading to a three-run inning. Houston got three hits in the first inning and only one more the rest of the game. Urquidy walked one and struck out five in winning his second straight start. Alex Bregman hit an RBI single and Yuli Gurriel had a two-run single as the Astros won for the eighth time in 10 games.

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