Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit two of the Astros’ 4 homers as Houston locked up home-field benefit within the AL Division Series with a 10-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night time.
With the win, the AL West champion Astros can have host the primary two video games of their best-of-five match-up towards the AL Central champion White Sox subsequent week. The Astros personal the tiebreaker over the White Sox, successful 5 out of seven towards Chicago this season.
“It feels great,” Houston supervisor Dusty Baker stated. “It feels great for us. It feels great for our team. It feels great for the city. This is what you play for and what you wanted.”
Alvarez related on a three-run homer to proper within the first, and Tucker hit a two-run homer to left within the seventh.
Jason Castro hit a solo house run into the primary row of the Crawford Boxes in left within the second, and Yuli Gurriel hit a solo house run to left within the third that was initially dominated a double however overturned and dominated a house run on overview.
Michael Brantley had a two-run triple within the sixth to extend Houston’s result in 8-3.
Gurriel and Brantley had two hits every, leaving Gurriel main the AL with a .318 common going into the ultimate day and Brantley second at .313.
Alex Bregman added an RBI groundout within the second. Jose Altuve had 4 hits for Houston.
“I like the fact that the last couple games, we’re scoring,” Baker stated. “We have some guys swinging the bat pretty good.”
Jake Odorizzi yielded three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Odorizzi didn’t pitch greater than 5 innings in any of his final six outings.
“My fastball command was pretty good,” Odorizzi stated. “I felt it had good metrics to it. It was one of my higher carry days of the season. That’s good to see. That’s one of my strong points. I think it’s the highest that it’s been this year. I felt like I located it pretty well.”
Phil Maton (6-0) loaded the bases with two outs within the fifth however induced a groundout by Seth Brown to earn the win.
Oakland took a 2-0 lead within the high of the second on an RBI triple by Starling Marte and an RBI double by Chad Pinder.
Tony Kemp, who had a career-high 4 hits, hit RBI singles within the fifth and eighth innings.
“He’s had a great year let alone the last couple months,” Oakland supervisor Bob Melvin stated of Kemp. “Whether we lead him off, whether we hit him down the lineup, whether he plays second, whether he plays left, he’s just had a good year. This is the best year he’s ever had.”
Paul Blackburn (1-4) was tagged for a season-high six runs on seven hits in two innings. Blackburn’s struggles towards the Astros continued because the right-hander has allowed 21 runs over 13 1/3 innings in 4 profession appearances towards Houston.
“Today is definitely a tough thing to go into the offseason with,” Blackburn stated. “I’m kind of frustrated and kind of embarrassed with the way it went today.”
TUCKER ROBS KEMP
Tucker stored the Astros in entrance within the sixth, stealing a game-tying three-run homer from Kemp with a leaping seize on the proper area wall to finish the inning.
“That’s a big shift,” Melvin stated. “It’s a tie game. … Credit Tucker for getting a good jump and making a good play.”
Khris Davis hit a flyball that hit the roof and was caught by Alvarez. After the umpires convened to debate the play, Davis was dominated out finish the fourth inning. Melvin was not happy with the ruling, saying that it was an enormous shift within the recreation.
“In fair territory you play it, in foul territory it’s dead,” Melvin stated. “That ball was going to be so far over the fence that you would think common sense would rule, and MLB would do something like Tampa where they have a line or some mark up there to show what a home run would be because that ball would have hit the glass.”
Astros: OF Jose Siri has a small fracture in his proper pinkie finger, Baker stated. “He is being further evaluated to see what he can do, and if he can do it,” Baker stated. Siri suffered the harm sliding into third on a triple within the first inning on Friday.
RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.56) will begin within the collection and season finale reverse Oakland LHP Cole Irvin (10-15, 4.18).
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