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Astros Beat Blue Jays Behind Another Alvarez Homer

Yordan Alvarez has hit 4 home runs in 5 MLB games

June 15, 2019 - 5:37 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Yordan Alvarez played in just his fifth Major League Baseball game Saturday at Minute Maid Park and in the third inning he his fourth home run as the Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.

With the Astros already leading 2-0, Alvarez clocked an 0-2 slider from Clayton Richard into the second deck over the wall in right-centerfield to make it 3-0. The ball traveled 439 feet. That was the first of three hits for the 21-year old as the Astros improved 48-23 on the season.

Alvarez wasn't the only Astros rookie to have a big day, as Jack Mayfield added three doubles, the first coming in the second inning to get the Astros on the board. He would score their second run of the game when Garrett Stubbs reached on an errer. He then started a two-run fourth inning with his second double, scoring on Myles Straw's RBI double. Straw was brought home when Alex Bregman singled, making it 5-0. 

Toronto scored a pair of runs in the fifth to cut the Astros lead to three, but the added to their advantage when Josh Reddick hit a first pitch fastball from Nick Kingham for his eighth home run of the season. Mayfield followed with his third double and scored on Straw's single.

Straw and Tyler White had two hits for the Astros.

All that offense was plenty for the Astros pitching trio of Framber Valdez, Chris Devenski and Josh James. Valdez allowed two runs on four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts as he earned his third win. Devenski followed him by throwing scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and James closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Eric Sogard had two hits for the Blue Jays who fall to 25-45.

The Astros will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon when they send Brad Peacock to the mound against Trent Thornton.