Major League Baseball roundup
Astros 10, Brewers 8
Yordan Alvarez's teammates told the slugger they'd fine him if he didn't homer in his first game for the Houston Astros.
After he connected in his debut, they warned him that the fine would be double if he didn't knock one out of the park in Game 2.
So far, Alvarez isn't out a dime.
Alvarez hit one of Houston's four home runs to become the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two major league games and lead the Astros to a win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
"It's something incredible and emotional. I can barely describe it, to be able to hit two home runs in my first two games in the big leagues," Alvarez said through a translator.
Yuli Gurriel, Robinson Chirinos and Tyler White also homered for the Astros, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Houston led by one in the fifth when Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring triple to chase Freddy Peralta (3-3). He was replaced by Matt Albers, who was greeted with a single by Gurriel which pushed the lead to 6-3. Alvarez then knocked a changeup by Albers into the right field seats to extend the lead to 8-3.
The 21-year-old Alvarez, who led the Pacific Coast League with 23 homers, also had a two-run shot in his debut on Sunday. He is the first player since Trevor Story in 2016 to homer for the first two hits of his career.
Manager AJ Hinch was impressed with how Alvarez bounced back with his homer run after striking out in his first two at-bats on Tuesday night.
"I haven't been around him enough to see how he really responds to the success or failure," Hinch said. "But after the couple of punch outs, he stays on the ball, he's got tremendous strength ... it was a nice swing. We needed as many runs as we could get tonight."
Travis Shaw hit a solo homer for the Brewers in the seventh before a two-run home run by Chirinos in the bottom of the inning extended Houston's lead to 10-4.
The Brewers added a run on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and got within two on Yasmani Grandal's three-run homer off Chris Devenski with two outs in the ninth. But Devenski struck out Eric Thames to end it.
Houston starter Brad Peacock (6-3) yielded seven hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings for the win.
Peralta took the loss by giving up eight hits and six runs in four-plus innings.
"I thought some of the pitches were good ... sometimes that's concerning too, just because they're hitting your good pitches, that's trouble," manager Craig Counsell said. "He threw strikes again. He attacked. That part I liked. Obviously, the home runs and the driven balls got him."
Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 25th home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle as Milwaukee's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was his second straight game with a home run and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.
"I could not see Yelich hit again and I'd be fine," Hinch said. "He's really good."
The Brewers led 1-0 early after an RBI single by Grandal with two outs in the first inning. Tony Kemp singled with one out in the second before White put the Astros on top 2-1 with his opposite-field shot to the seats in right.
Yelich homered to the bullpen in right-center to start the third and tie it at 2-2.
Houston regained the lead when Brantley doubled before Gurriel's fifth home run this season made it 4-2. Gurriel had three hits and drove in three runs.
Orlando Arcia singled to start the fifth and scored on a double by Ben Gamel to get the Brewers within 1 before Houston's big fifth.
Chirinos has five home runs this month, which is tied for second-most in the majors. He has 11 home runs in 50 games this season after finishing with a career-best 18 in 113 games last year.
Indians 2, Reds 1, (10 innings)
Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th inning, leading Cleveland past Cincinnati in the intrastate matchup.
Mercado lined a 1-2 pitch from Raisel Iglesias (1-6) to left field and was mobbed by his teammates after rounding first base.
Mike Freeman drew a one-out walk and took third on a single by Leonys Martín. Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Mercado.
Brad Hand (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the 10th.
Cleveland has won five of seven on its homestand, taking two of three from Minnesota and the Yankees.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and threw 118 pitches. Red starter Luis Castillo allowed a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the fourth and struck out six in six innings.
White Sox 7, Nationals 5
Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and top rookie Eloy Jiménez homered at home for the first time, powering Chicago.
Castillo got his second career slam, with the other coming June 14, 2017, in the same ballpark when he played for the Baltimore Orioles.
Jiménez went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs. He drove a 1-1 pitch from Washington starter Patrick Corbin (5-5) over the batter's eye in center and onto the concourse for an estimated distance of 462 feet.
Anthony Rendon homered twice for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game winning streak.
Reliever Evan Marshall (1-0) retired all four batters he faced to get the win
Alex Colomé got the final five outs — working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth — for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2
Rookie John Means tied a season-high with seven strikeouts and Baltimore took the series opener from Toronto.
Means (6-4) allowed one run on four hits with three walks over five innings and lowered his ERA to 2.60.
Baltimore reliever Shawn Armstrong threw a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Anthony Santander had three hits and an RBI-double for Baltimore, which can win consecutive games for the first time since May 4-6 and a series for the first time since April 22-24.
Eric Sogard led off the game with his sixth home run for the Blue Jays, who dropped their fifth straight game and have lost 11 of 13.
Blue Jays rookie right-hander Trent Thornton (1-5) loaded the bases on three walks in the second, but the Orioles couldn't capitalize. Thornton allowed three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks over five innings.
Athletics 4, Rays 3
Mike Fiers pitched six effective innings, Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit consecutive homers, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Fiers (6-3) allowed two runs and three hits and is 4-0 in seven starts beginning with his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7.
Liam Hendriks, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, who gave up Willy Adames' RBI single in the ninth en route to his 15th save, combined to strike out six and complete the four-hitter.
Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, who are 16 games over .500 despite an 18-15 record at home.
After Matt Chapman reached on shortstop Adames' throwing error in the sixth, Olson hit a two-run homer and Davis then went deep two pitches later off Emilio Pagan (1-1) as Oakland took a 4-2 lead.
Royals 3, Tigers 2
Jorge Soler had the tying RBI double in the eighth inning and Cheslor Cuthbert followed with the go-ahead run-scoring single to lead Kansas City over Detroit.
Adalberto Mondesi started the rally with a double with one out and scored on Soler's hit off Victor Alcantara (2-1). Terrance Gore ran for Soler and stole third. He then scored on Cuthbert's single between three fielders in right field to put the Royals ahead.
Scott Barlow (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his fifth save.
Jakob Junis had a quality start for Kansas City, allowing two runs and five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
The Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos hit his 100th career homer, all with Detroit. Brandon Dixon hit a 447-foot homer in the fourth.
Twins 6, Mariners 5
Jorge Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during Minnesota's three-run rally in the eighth inning.
Polanco reached base all four times he batted. He tried for a hustle double on each of his three hits, beating the tag at second base twice. That included the eighth against reliever Brandon Brennan (2-5), when Polanco followed Max Kepler's leadoff double with his own on a head-first slide to cut the lead to 5-4.
After advancing on a long fly out by Eddie Rosario, Polanco raced home on a stray slider by Austin Adams that skipped in the dirt past catcher Tom Murphy. Gonzalez put the surging Twins in front with his sharp single.
Matt Magill (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Twins, winners in 19 of their last 25.
Cardinals 7, Marlins 1
Rookie Dakota Hudson allowed one run in a career-high seven innings, and St. Louis handed Miami its sixth consecutive defeat.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned after missing 11 games because of a strained right thumb and went 2 for 5 with a single and double.
Marcell Ozuna punctuated the victory with a ninth-inning homer, his 18th.
Hudson (5-3) gave up four hits, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during one stretch for the Cardinals, who have won his past five starts.
The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles. They rank last in the majors in runs and have been outscored 31-10 in the past six games.
Elieser Hernandez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first start of the year, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 4
Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta threw six effective innings and Philadelphia beat Arizona.
Arrieta (6-5) allowed three runs and six hits for his second win in eight starts. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 tries.
Ketel Marte went deep for the Diamondbacks and the teams combined for only two homers a night after setting a major league record with 13.
Arizona lefty Jon Duplantier (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings. The Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak ended.
Kingery gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the second with a drive to left, his seventh homer and third in two games. Bryce Harper ripped an RBI double to right to make it 4-0.
Carson Kelly's two-run double with two outs in the fourth cut it to 4-2. Eduardo Escobar's sacrifice fly in the fifth got Arizona within a run.
The Phillies regained their two-run lead in the bottom half. Bruce had an RBI single after J.T. Realmuto hit a double on which Rhys Hoskins scored following a throwing error by left fielder David Peralta.
Rockies 10, Cubs 3
Rookie Peter Lambert went five strong innings and baffled Chicago for a second time in five days as Colorado won its 10th straight at home.
Lambert (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in his Coors Field debut.
Daniel Murphy led the Rockies offense with three hits, including a two-run double in the first. Charlie Blackmon added a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth to break open the game.
Chicago lefty Jose Quintana (4-6) allowed four runs, three earned, over 4 2/3 innings. He also took the loss in Lambert's debut.
Jason Lambert homered in the second for the Cubs.
Braves 7, Pirates 5, (8 innings)
Brian McCann hit one of four Atlanta homers in the second inning and took Pirates starter Chris Archer deep again with a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the sixth to lead the Braves.
The Braves, tied for first in the NL East, have won five straight. The game was called following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay after the eighth inning.
Touki Toussaint (4-0), who relieved after another ineffective start by Mike Foltynewicz, earned the win. He allowed two hits and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
Giants 6, Padres 5
Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and made a stellar defensive play in the ninth as San Francisco rallied past San Diego.
Joe Panik singled twice, and Pablo Sandoval added a sacrifice fly for the Giants. Steven Duggar hit a home run, his first since mid-April.
Fernando Tatis Jr. homered on the first pitch of the game and drove in two for San Diego. Ian Kinsler also went deep.
Mark Melancon (3-1) retired three batters to win. Will Smith pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save in 15 tries. Longoria backed Smith with a leaping grab on Manuel Margot's hard liner for the second out of the inning.
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