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Astros slug season-high 5 homers to rout Angels 9-1

HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered early because the Houston Astros hit a season-high 5 lengthy balls Wednesday night time in a 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Altuve launched a leadoff homer and Gurriel, who additionally went deep Tuesday, added his two-run shot later within the first inning. Kyle Tucker additionally linked for a second straight recreation when he smacked one other two-run drive off Andrew Heaney (1-3) within the sixth to make it 5-0.

“Guys are getting good pitches to hit and keeping pitchers in the stretch,” Astros supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned. “Hitting’s contagious and just keep them coming.”

Houston starter José Urquidy allowed two hits and struck out 4 in 3 2/3 innings earlier than leaving with posterior shoulder discomfort.

“His strike-to-ball rate was outstanding and then all of a sudden he lost his velocity,” Baker mentioned. “He said he was feeling some discomfort behind his shoulder.”

Brandon Bielak (2-2) was strong after Urquidy’s early exit, giving up simply two hits and a run in 3 1/3 innings for the win.

“He wasn’t trying too hard tonight,” Baker mentioned. “We told him to try less and be natural. He gave us all that we needed.”

Yordan Álvarez hit a solo homer and Chas McCormick added a three-run shot within the eighth to assist the Astros win their second consecutive sequence after additionally they took two of three from the Blue Jays.

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani batted leadoff, making him the primary participant to achieve this the day after a pitching begin since Ray Caldwell for the Yankees in July 1916. Ohtani, who struck out 10 in seven innings on Tuesday night time, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday.

Angels supervisor Joe Maddon was requested if he thought fatigue performed into Ohtani’s off night time on the plate.

“He may have been fatigued tonight but he didn’t relate that to me,” Maddon mentioned. “He’ll get a nice day off tomorrow and then he’ll just hit for a couple of days.”

Heaney yielded a season-high 9 hits with 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings for his second straight loss.

Altuve despatched the primary pitch he noticed off the foul pole in left subject. There had been two outs within the first inning when Álvarez singled, and Gurriel made it 3-0 together with his opposite-field shot to the entrance row of seats in proper.

Carlos Correa singled after that earlier than Heaney settled down, retiring 12 of the subsequent 13 earlier than Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman hit consecutive singles with two outs within the fifth.

Correa singled once more with one out within the sixth earlier than Tucker chased Heaney together with his towering shot to the second deck in proper subject to push the lead to 5-0.

(*5*) Heaney mentioned. “I tried to keep us in it. The way it ended was a backbreaker.”

There had been two outs within the fourth when Urquidy was injured. Pitching coach Brent Strom and a coach got here on the sector to verify on him earlier than they summoned Baker, and Urquidy was faraway from the sport.

The Angels reduce it to 5-1 on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera within the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon, on the injured record since May 3 with a left knee bruise, is bettering and might be activated Friday for the beginning of a sequence at Boston. … SS José Iglesias returned to the lineup after lacking three video games with again tightness.

Astros: Baker mentioned Gurriel exited within the eighth as a result of he was feeling sick, and the crew ought to know extra about it on Thursday. … RHP Jake Odorizzi threw reside batting apply and can start a minor league rehabilitation task in a number of days. He’s been on the injured record since April 24 with a strained muscle in his proper arm.

THEY SAID IT

Tucker, who has homered in three of the final 4 video games, on his current success on the plate after early struggles this season: “When you’re swinging at better pitches over the plate you get better outcomes, and I’ve been doing that a little more lately. That’s definitely helped me out the last few games.”

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles is off Thursday and RHP Griffin Canning (3-2, 5.19 ERA) will begin the sequence opener Friday in opposition to Boston.

Astros: RHP Cristian Javier (3-1, 2.90) is scheduled to begin Thursday night time within the opener of a four-game sequence in opposition to Texas.

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