HOUSTON (APAP- The Houston Astros feeling it was to hear the home crowd’s cheers once again.they weren’t bothered by the angry crowds they faced on the road to start the season. But what a
“It was a beautiful night,” José Altuve said. “Kind of like a dream come true.”
Carlos Correa, Yordan Álvarez, and Altuve homered as the Astros kept up their hot start by treating the home crowd to a 6-2 win over the Oaklandwith fans at Minute Maid Park since 2019. Houston is 6-1 this , tied for the best seven-game start in franchise history. Five of the team’s wins have come against the Athletics after a . The Astros have outscored Oakland 41-11.
They received a warm welcome from a boisterous crowd of 21,765 in the firstGame 7 of the 2019 World Series, which the Astros lost to the Washington Nationals. Capacity was limited to 50% because of .
“It made a big difference,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I could see the positive energy on our team.”
It was a welcome respite from the reception they received on a six-game trip to start the season. The road crowds inundated the team with constant boos and chants of “cheaters” in the first chance to criticize the Astros2020.
Cristian Javier (1-0) scattered three hits with seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings.
The Athletics fell to 1-7 a day after getting their first. “We’ve been going through it for a while now,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Everybody wants to be the guy that wants to get the . Sometimes you get a little anxious. You’ve got to keep working and pressing forward.”
Cole Irvin (0-2) yielded four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Astros have shown impressive power to start the season. They’vewith 15.
“This team can hit, and theyduring spring training,” Baker said. “I’ve never seen guys hit so much. … These guys, they enjoy hitting.”
Correa got things going for theoff the second inning, barely clearing the short wall in right field.
Álvarezwith one out in the fourth before Correa came through again, sending a grounder down the left-field line for a double to make it 2-0. Álvarez’s homer came with one out in the sixth to to 3-0. He sent the off-speed pitch from Irvin into the second deck in right field for his second home run this season in his return after missing all but two games last season following . A two-run single by Myles Straw later in the inning put Houston up 5-0.
Altuve homered off the wall in left-center to pad the lead in the seventh. The crowd erupted as he connected on the pitch, fans chanting his name as the star second baseman trotted around the bases.
“Tonight was the perfect night for us,” Altuve said. “I had a lot of energy through the game because of the fans. It’s something that motivates you and encourages you.”
Oakland got anby Stephen Piscotty and a run-scoring single by Jed Lowrie in the ninth.
Athletics: Placed LHP A.AJuk on the, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained left biceps and selected the contract of RHP Deolis Guerra from their alternate site. To make room for Guerra on the 40-man roster, they transferred RHP Trevor Rosenthal to the 60-day ILILRosenthal, diagnosed with severe neurovascular compression, had surgery on Thursday in Dallas that included the removal of a first rib.
Astros: Reliever Enoli Paredes left the game with soreness on his right side.
HE SAID IT
Oakland left fielder Mark Canha on the team’s offensive struggles: “We’ve come out of the gates a little slow. We know we’ve got a good lineup and the kind of damage we can do. It’s easy to let those good at-bats slip away from you when the other team gets a lead or you’re playing from behind.”
Houston right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will oppose Oakland left-hander(0-1, 9.64) when the series continues Friday night.
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