Steve Pearce continued a hot stretch with three hits and two RBIs, helping the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Pearce had a two-run double in the first inning, and Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller drove in runs with two-out hits off Lance McCullers (3-2) in the second to give Matt Andriese (5-0) an early four-run lead.
Houston rallied with three runs in the sixth, two on Jason Castro’s homer that chased Andriese.
McCullers, who grew up in Tampa, allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
He walked four and struck out seven in his sixth start since returning from a six-week stint on the disabled list.
Andriese repeatedly worked through trouble to join Matt Moore, James Shields and Jeff Niemann as the only Tampa Bay pitchers to begin a season 5-0 or better. The right-hander yielded three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, turning over a 4-3 lead to relievers Erasmo Ramirez, Xavier Cedeno and Alex Colome, who earned his 18th save by working out a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth.
Up next: The Rays send RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.73 ERA) to the mound against RHP Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.00). The game starts at 4:10 p.m.