Astros sending six to All-Star Game, topping all teams

Last time the Houston Astros went to Cleveland, they made a boozy, bubbly mess in the visiting locker room.

Now they’re invading the home clubhouse, too.

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and four of their Astros teammates will lead the American League squad at the All-Star Game in Cleveland on July 9. Major League Baseball unveiled full rosters for the midsummer showcase Sunday, and Houston topped all big league clubs with six players. No other AL team has more than three.

“Impressive,” Verlander said. “I mean, I think we could have a lot more.”

Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley will be in the starting lineup, and Verlander, Cole and Ryan Pressly are on the pitching staff. It will be the first trip to Cleveland for those Astros since Game 3 of last year’s AL Division Series, when Houston won 11-3 to complete a sweep.

The Dodgers, Brewers and Rockies lead the NL with four players each. The Los Angeles contingent includes Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler.

Braves teammates Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka are set to be this year’s youngest players at 21.

Six of the eight derby participants are known — the Acuña, the Indians’ Carlos Santana, Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso and Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell. Guerrero will be 20 years, 114 days old for the July 8 showcase, making him the youngest ever in the derby — 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990. The full field will be announced Wednesday.

Yankees 12, Red Sox 8: Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single during a nine-run seventh inning, and New York overcame a four-run deficit to beat Boston for a two-game sweep in London.

Dodgers 10, Rockies 5: Joc Pederson had three hits and three RBIs, Matt Beaty doubled twice and drove in two, and visiting Los Angeles rallied past Colorado.

Mets 8, Braves 5: Newly named All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso had the big hits in a five-run eighth inning that rallied host New York past Atlanta, snapping its seven-game losing streak.

Rays 6, Rangers 2: Blake Snell struck out 12 over six innings for just his second win in 10 starts and host Tampa Bay beat Texas.

Astros 6, Mariners 1: Rookie Yordan Alvarez drove in three to back up seven strong innings by Cole as host Houston completed a three-game sweep.

Nationals 2, Tigers 1: Max Scherzer struck out 14 against his former team and Anthony Rendon homered for the second straight game as Washington topped host Detroit.

Brewers 2, Pirates 1: Eric Thames homered leading off the eighth inning, and host Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.

Reds 8, Cubs 6: Eugenio Suarez ended his slump with a three-run homer and Athony DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings for host Cincinnati.

Indians 2, Orioles 0: Shane Bieber allowed three hits and struck out 11 over eight innings, Carlos Santana drove in two and visiting Cleveland edged Baltimore.

Phillies 13, Marlines 6: Bryce Harper homered and drove in four runs to help visiting Philadelphia end a streak of five consecutive losses to Miami.

Royals 7, Blue Jays 6: Jorge Soler homered and Brad Keller pitched five innings to win for the first time since May 22 for visiting Toronto.

White Sox 4, Twins 3: Lucas Giolito allowed one hit in five innings to earn his majors-leading 11th victory for host Chicago.

Cardinals 5, Padres 3: Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning as visiting St. Louis won.

Briefly: Braves reliever Anthony Swarzak was placed on the injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. … The Mets activated right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Carlos Gomez was designated for assignment.

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