Javier throws 6 strong innings, AL-best Astros beat Rays 2-1

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Cristian Javier threw six shutout innings and Jake Meyers had two hits in the Houston Astros’ 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

It’s the 103rd victory for the American League-leading Astros, which is tied with the 2018 team for second-most wins in franchise history behind the 107 piled up in 2019.

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Javier (11-9) allowed two hits and struck out seven to extend his scoreless streak to 25 1/3 innings, which is the longest active streak in the majors. Closer Ryan Pressly finished for his 32nd save.