HOUSTON – Cuban Yordan Álvarez hit two home runs and produced five touchdowns, Venezuelan José Altuve drove in the lead with a single and the Houston Astros rallied to defeat the Oakland Athletics 9-6 on Tuesday night for their fifth. consecutive victory.
Álvarez, activated on Monday from the paternity list, hit a two-run homer to the center in the first inning and a three-run homer to the left in the fifth to tie the game 6-6 and end the performance of the Oakland starter Chris Bassitt.
It was the second game of the season in which Álvarez had at least two homers. Álvarez played his previous meeting on May 6 against the New York Yankees.
The Astros went up on the board with three runs scored in the sixth inning. Altuve put the Astros ahead for the first time with a two-run single and Yuli Gurriel drove in another with a groundout that ended in an out.
Bryan Abreu (3-3) worked two innings without being scored to clinch the win. They activated him from the disabled list before the game. Ryne Stanek had a perfect eighth inning and Ryan Pressly closed the ninth for his 15th save.
JB Wendelken (1-1) allowed two runs in one inning and took the loss. Oaland has lost four of the last five meetings.
For the Athletics, Ramón Laureano 4-2, two runs scored. The Venezuelan Elvis Andrus of 5-3, two scored, one produced.
For the Atros, Venezuelan José Altuve 5-2, two runs, two RBIs. The Cubans Yuli Gurriel 5-1, one scored, one RBI, and Yordan Álvarez 3-3. three scored, 5 produced. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 4-0 and Martín Maldonado 4-0.