Astros’ McCullers no-hit bid broken up in 7th against Giants

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HOUSTON (AP) — Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. had his no-hit bid against the San Francisco Giants broken up with one out in the seventh inning.

Alex Dickerson grounded out to start the seventh before Donovan Solano extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 15 games with a grounder down the third base line that rolled just out of reach of Alex Bregman for a double.

The right-hander retired his first six batters before plunking Austin Slater on the leg to start the third inning. He helped himself out with a nifty defensive play to end that inning when he ran to cover first base on a grounder hit by Mike Yastrzemski, made an off-balance catch and tagged Yastrzemski before falling to the dirt.

He got a lot of weak contact on his offspeed pitches and had six groundouts and struck out two over the next three innings before getting the third out of the sixth on a fly ball to center field by Yastrzemski.

The Astros, who are trying to snap a five-game skid, took a 6-0 lead on Martin Maldonado’s homer in the sixth.

The performance by McCullers comes after he tied a career high by allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings of a 14-7 loss at Arizona in his last start.

The 26-year-old McCullers returned this season after missing last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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