HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit two of the Astros’ 4 homers as Houston locked up home-field benefit within the AL Division Sequence with a 10-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night time.
With the win, the AL West champion Astros could have host the primary two video games of their best-of-five match-up in opposition to the AL Central champion White Sox subsequent week. The Astros personal the tiebreaker over the White Sox, profitable 5 out of seven in opposition to Chicago this season.
“It feels nice,” Houston supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned. “It feels nice for us. It feels nice for our group. It feels nice for the town. That is what you play for and what you wished.”
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 Bins 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 evaluation.
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 truth that the final couple video games, we’re scoring,” Baker mentioned. “We now have some guys swinging the bat fairly 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 fairly good,” Odorizzi mentioned. “I felt it had good metrics to it. It was one in every of my larger carry days of the season. That’s good to see. That’s one in every of my robust factors. I feel it’s the very best that it’s been this yr. I felt like I positioned it fairly effectively.”
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 terrific yr not to mention the final couple months,” Oakland supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned of Kemp. “Whether or not we lead him off, whether or not we hit him down the lineup, whether or not he performs second, whether or not he performs left, he’s simply had a very good yr. That is the perfect yr 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 in opposition to the Astros continued because the right-hander has allowed 21 runs over 13 1/3 innings in 4 profession appearances in opposition to Houston.
“At the moment is unquestionably a troublesome factor to enter the offseason with,” Blackburn mentioned. “I’m type of annoyed and type of embarrassed with the best way it went immediately.”
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 an enormous shift,” Melvin mentioned. “It’s a tie recreation. … Credit score Tucker for getting a very good soar and making a very 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 truthful territory you play it, in foul territory it’s lifeless,” Melvin mentioned. “That ball was going to be thus far over the fence that you’d assume widespread sense would rule, and MLB would do one thing like Tampa the place they’ve a line or some mark up there to point out what a house run can be as a result of that ball would have hit the glass.”
Astros: OF Jose Siri has a small fracture in his proper pinkie finger, Baker mentioned. “He’s being additional evaluated to see what he can do, and if he can do it,” Baker mentioned. Siri suffered the damage sliding into third on a triple within the first inning on Friday.
RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.56) will begin within the sequence and season finale reverse Oakland LHP Cole Irvin (10-15, 4.18).
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