Puerto Rican Carlos Correa and Cuban Aledmys Días both hit home runs this Tuesday in the Major Leagues for the Houston Astros to beat the Angels while Venezuelan Ronald Acuña threw it twice but in a lost cause.
Correa hit a two-run homer to break the tie in the ninth inning and the Astros beat the Angels 4×2, splitting the two-game short series between teams in the AL West.
Slugger Kyle Tucker and Diaz also hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning for the Astros, who posted an impressive 5-1 on their six-game road trip to start the season.
Slugger Mike Trout hit a 464-foot home run in the first inning and Japan’s Shohei Ohtani had two hits, but the Angels were 4-2 and failed to match the best six-game start in franchise history.
After starters Zack Greinke and Dylan Bundy exchanged solid innings at the beginning, fellow Cuban Yordan Álvarez also singled in the ninth against new Angels closer, compatriot Raisel Iglesias (1-1), ultimately defeated.
Iglesias has already allowed two home runs this season, one more than he allowed in all of 2020 with Cincinnati.
“I definitely think my stuff (pitches) are still there,” said Iglesias, who also has a win and a save for the Angels. “My confidence is there too. I’m going to keep going (on the mound) even if I get hit 20 home runs.”
The win went to fellow reliever Ryan Pressly (1-0), who pitched two scoreless innings for Houston.
– Acuña, the boot in pairs –
In Washington, the Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. dumped it twice but his Atlanta Braves could not avoid the 6×5 defeat against the Nationals, which did have good production from the Dominican Juan Soto.
Soto came out in the ninth inning with the game tied and two men on bases off left-handed reliever Will Smith. It was then that Soto sounded a line to center field for the first hit of his career to decide a game against his rival in the East Division of the National League.
Soto thus heard the cries of “MVP!” out of an announced crowd of 4,801, the first fans allowed into Nationals Park since Game 5 of the 2019 World Series, when they won.
“It just made my heart beat a little bit faster,” Soto said of the crowd in the stands.
The first games of the Nationals season had been postponed by security protocols due to covid-19 when four of its players tested positive.
– Tuesday’s Major League Baseball Results:
Tigres to Pistons 4×3 in 10 innings
Nationals to Braves 6×5
Astros to Angels 4×2
Reds to Pirates 14×1
Yankees a Orioles 7×2
Cardinals to Marlins 4×2
Red Sox to Rays 6×5 in 12 innings
Mets a Filis 8×4
Rangers a Azulejos 7×4
Brewers to Cubs 4×0
Dodgers to A’s 5×1