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Oakland, CA (AP) — Yordan Alvarez hit three home runs, Houston continued to thrive in all boos, with slugging percentage …
Oakland, CA (AP) — Yordan Alvarez hit three home runs and Houston beat Oakland Athletics 9-1 on Saturday to win their third straight victory.
Houston beat Auckland 26-7 in three games against AL West Champion A, who lost to the Astros in the four-game AL Division Series last fall.
Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0) also played his role. Houston’s right-handed hit 7 and walked 3 in 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run.
Kyle Tucker first hit the RBI single to lead Houston quickly. A was Mitch Moreland’s sharp single, evening it in the middle of the lower half.
José Altuve hit a go-a-head single at the top of the second to help McCullers.
McCullers’ pitch count rose rapidly, with three of the first four batters facing him, going to a 3-0 count and then throwing 95 pitches. Brooks Raley has won 5 outsaves.
A missed a big chance when Chad Pinder loaded the bass and jumped out onto the warning track, finishing eighth.
Lefty Cole Irvin (0-1) allowed Phillies to hit four runs with seven hits in the 41/3 innings in A’s debut after pitching the Phillies for the past two seasons.
New A shortstop Elvis Andrus has been happy to pump his right fist after making a nifty dive stop for Martin Maldonado’s sharp grounder in the fourth inning.
Dusty Baker struck a nearby favorite Mexican restaurant in East Auckland the day after the burrito was delivered to the clubhouse. This time, the compassionate Astros manager has secured a traditional Mexican stew called Pozole for Sunday starter José Urquidy from Mazatlan, Mexico.
“So he will be stronger tomorrow,” Baker said.
A played Carrie Underwood’s song “Before Heat Cheats” in the Astros pre-match introduction. This is a Houston sign stealing scandal play revealed by Auckland’s right-handed Mike Fiers in November 2019. Since then, fans have participated.
Astros: LF Michael Brantley was hit by pitch at the first top and soon left the game. … 3B Alex Bregman spent a scheduled holiday after hitting a home run in each of the first two games with five RBIs.
Athletics: CF Ramon Laureano was out of the line the day after suffering from the first clog in his left wrist. X-rays showed no structural problems. “He’s okay. It usually hurts a little the next day,” said manager Bob Melvin. “He tends to heal pretty quickly, but I think he’ll be down for a few days.” … C Sean Murphy had a late scratch on Friday due to a hurt in his right hand, but he feels good. But Melvin won’t push him back at this early stage. … RHP Mike Fiers has been on the list of 10-day back pain injured back last Monday, with three innings against the Giants’ Sacramento affiliate against the club’s Stockton alternative site group on Monday. I plan to throw it.
Urquidy throws the finale of the series and makes his 13th career start and 15th overall appearance. A will compete with left-handed Sean Manaea, who started 11 times last year and scored 4-3 at 4.50 ERA.
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