Yordan Alvarez landed a 0-for-22 slump with a two-point homer to help the Houston Astros win 4-3 over the Cleveland Indians
HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez scored a 0-22 collapse with a two-point homer to help the Houston Astros win 4-3 over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
The Astros were leading by 1 with one out in the fifth inning when Alvarez connected rookie JC Mejía (1-5) with his soaring second-deck shot in the right-hand area for 4-1.
Alvarez held his bat and watched the ball for a few seconds before trotting to first base, and the batter received plenty of high fives and hugs on the bench after finishing his slump in style.
Alvarez also doubled up and Michael Brantley added two hits to help the Astros in their second consecutive win.
Houston owner Zack Greinke (9-3) scored five hits and two points in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Pressly walked one on a ninth goalless score for his 17th save.
There were runners in the first and second with two outs in the eighth when Harold Ramirez hit a single RBI on a liner on the right-hand corner of the pitch to cut the lead to 1. But Ryne Stanek knocked out Bradley Zimmer to finish the match. inning.
Franmil Reyes scored a solo homer and an RBI single for the Indians, whose streak of two straight wins came to an end.
Mejía conceded seven hits and four runs as he scored a career eight in 4 1/3 innings in his eighth major league start.
Brantley spotted with one out in the first and Houston took a 1-0 lead when he scored on a brace from Yuli Gurriel.
Amed Rosario scored to start the fourth but was canceled when José Ramírez went down in a double play. Reyes followed with his left blast to equalize at 1-all.
Chas McCormick hit a single at the bottom of the inning and finished second on a Robel Garcia groundout. The Astros have regained the lead on a single from Martín Maldonado’s RBI.
There were runners in the first and third with one out in the sixth when Greinke was replaced by Cristian Javier. He was greeted with an RBI single from Reyes who narrowed the lead to 4-2. But Reyes was out on the second attempt to extend the blow into a double.
Javier accompanied Bradley but limited the damage by retiring Harold Ramirez to finish the innings.
Indians: Shane Bieber, winner of last season’s AL Cy Young, launched on Monday for the first time since it closed in June with a pain in his shoulder. He launched from 60 feet. There is no timetable for his return. … OF Eddie Rosario (right abdominal strain) has made progress towards a comeback and manager Terry Francona said he should have more information on his status by the end of the week. … RHP DJ Johnson was cast in Triple-A Columbus to make room for Mejia on the roster.
Astros: RHP Jose Urquidy (right shoulder pain) threw on flat ground but it’s still unclear when he’ll be back. … RHP Andre Scrubb was placed on the injury list, retroactive to July 17, with a strained right shoulder. … C Garrett Stubbs was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place on the roster.
Luis Garcia of Houston (6-5, 3.06 ERA) will face Triston McKenzie (1-3, 5.47) when the series continues on Tuesday night.
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