The Houston Astros had two consecutive outstanding starts from Framber Valdez and Javier (3-1), who allowed three runs and struck out 23 in 14 innings. Thanks to these works, they took three series against the Los Angeles Angels, this time with a close score of 5×4.
Javier allowed one hit in his six innings pitched. He struck out Taylor Ward, Trout and Ohtani in both the first and sixth innings to lead off the top of the Angels’ lineup.
Christian Javier struck out 11 in six solid innings. The Houston Astros took a slim lead after Shohei Ohtani’s two-run home run in the ninth.
Ohtani made things interesting with a two-run homer off Houston in the ninth off closer Ryan Pressley, hitting a curveball to right-field for his eighth home run after Mike Trout’s leadoff single.
Anthony Renton and Hunter Renfro surrendered singles, but Pressley retired three straight Angels to complete his sixth save.
Jeremy Pena hit a two-run single during Houston’s four-run fourth inning, and Yorden Alvarez homered as the Astros went through two in three at Angel Stadium.
Renfrow hit his 10th home run for the Angels, who lost four of five to end a disappointing home stand against AL West rivals Texas and Houston. Trout and Ohtani went 0 for 6 with five strikeouts before entering the ninth.
Los Angeles shut out Griffin Canning (2-1) with five hits and five runs in the fourth. Canning threw several of the fastest pitches of his career in this start, topping out at 97 mph, but also made a two-base error on a pickoff pitch during Houston’s fourth-inning rally.
Alvarez hit a game-high fastball in the first for his eighth home run of the season, but Renfro responded in the second with his third home run in four games for his new team.
Yordon Alvarez has a 31 game hitting streak. He has appeared in exactly 31 games, meaning he has reached the bases in all of them.
He tied the franchise record for the start of a season and broke the longest hitting streak of the season, which was held by Xander Bogaerts with 30.