Astros sweep struggling Rays behind Tucker, McCullers

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Houston Astros' Kyle Tucker (30) watches his two-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brooks Raley during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Catching for the Rays is Rene Pinto. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer, Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven effective innngs and the AL West champion Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was hit on the left elbow by Corey Kluber’s pitch in the fifth and left one inning later with elbow discomfort.

He was replaced by Mauricio Dubón. Both Tucker and McCullers went to high school in nearby Tampa, Florida.