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Astros Beat Brewers Behind Another Alvarez Homer

Alvarez becomes first Astro to homer in first two big league games

June 11, 2019 - 10:09 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Yordan Alvarez became the first player in Astros history to homer in his first two Major League games as the Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. 

The second home run of Alvarez's big league career came off a Matt Albers' 2-2 changeup that just cleared the rightfield wall. It followed Yuli Gurriel's single and put the Astros on top 8-3.

Milwaukee scored first in the first inning when Yasmani Grandal singled home a run with two out, but Tyler White gave the Astros the lead with his own two-run homer to rightfield. Christian Yelich led off the third inning and launched a 3-1 Brad Peacock fastball into the Astros bullpen only to see Gurriel follow a Michael Brantley leadoff double in the home half of the inning with his fifth home run, making it 4-2 Houston.

Both teams went down in order in the fourth, though the Brewers threatened in the fifth against Peacock. Orlando Arcia started the frame with a single and scored on Ben Gamel's double. Yelich singled Gamel to third, but he was thrown at the plate on Lorenzo Cain's groundball to third, and Peacock worked out of the jam. That was the closest Milwaukee would get as the Astros increased their lead before the Alvarez home run in the last of the fifth.

Brantley followed Alex Bregman's leadoff single with an RBI triple, which was followed Gurriel's run scoring single. 

Peacock made the four run fifth stand up with a 1-2-3 sixth inning, though he did give up a home run to Travis Shaw in the seventh. He earned his sixth win of the season, going 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Will Harris finished the seventh inning for him, and Robinson Chirinos hit a 2-run homer, his 11th of the season, in the bottom of the inning. Milwaukee scored a run against Hector Rondon in the eighth before Chris Devenski allowed a 2-out, 3-run homer to Grandal, but recovered to strikeout Eric Thames to end the game.

Gurriel finished with three hits and three RBI, while Brantley and Jake Marisnick had two hit nights as the Astros improve to 46-22 on the season.

Yelich had three hits for the Brewers, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, as they fall to 38-29.

The Astros and Brewers will conclude their two-game series Wednesday night at Minute Maid with Justin Verlander taking the mound against Brandon Woodruff.