MLB

Rays overpowered by Astros despite 2 Corey Dickerson HRs

HOUSTON (AP) -- Jake Marisnick had three hits, including two homers, and a career-high five RBIs and the Houston Astros coasted to a 14-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

The Rays cut the lead to one after a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson in the third inning before an RBI single by Tyler White made it 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

Marisnick's first shot -- a three-run homer which bounced off the wall above the seats in left field -- came next to push the lead to 7-2.

Two pitches later Derek Fisher, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, connected off Alex Cobb (9-7) on a home run to right field to make it 8-2.

The Astros were up 10-2 in the fifth inning when Marisnick, Houston's No. 9 hitter, launched a solo shot to left field for his second career multi-homer game.

Houston starter Charlie Morton (9-4) allowed a season-low two hits with two runs in six innings for his fourth win in five starts.

Cobb was tagged with nine hits and eight runs in a season-low three innings for his first loss since July 2. He'd been pitching well lately, allowing just five runs combined and going 3-0 in his past four starts.

Jose Altuve added two hits, including a two-RBI single which pushed Houston's lead to 3-0 in the second, before being lifted in the seventh with the game out of hand.

Dickerson added a solo home run in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 11-3 and give him his seventh multi-homer game and third this season. Wilson Ramos and Mallex Smith added RBI singles in the eighth and the Rays tacked on another run when Francis Martes plunked Taylor Featherston with the bases loaded to get them within 11-6. Chris Devenski took over and retired Dickerson to end the inning.

Houston added three runs in the eighth inning when the Rays put backup catcher Jesus Sucre in to pitch with their bullpen taxed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 1B Logan Morrison was the team's designated hitter on Monday after missing three straight starts with a bruised left heel. Manager Kevin Cash said he wanted to give him one more day off his feet and expects him to return to first base on Tuesday.

Astros: Houston placed right-hander Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with back discomfort. This is the second stint on the disabled list with the same problem for McCullers, who was also out from June 12-24. McCullers is 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts this season. … Reliever Michael Felix left Monday night's game after the second home run by Dickerson because of discomfort in his left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Rays: Chris Archer (7-6, 3.80) will start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He struck out 10 in six innings in his previous start, but didn't factor into the decision after Alex Colome's blown save in a 6-5 loss in 11 innings.

Astros: Mike Fiers (7-5, 3.71) is scheduled to start for Houston on Tuesday. Fiers looks to bounce back after allowing five hits and three runs in just four innings of a 9-0 loss to the Phillies in his previous start.