CLEVELAND — Trey Mancini hit two house runs, together with his first profession grand slam, and drove in 5 runs, main the Houston Astros over the Cleveland Guardians, 9-3, on Friday evening.
Astros supervisor Dusty Baker examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than the sport. Baker held his ordinary pregame availability with the media about two hours earlier than the 7:10 p.m. first pitch.
Baker, 73, is in his third season as Houston’s supervisor. Bench coach Joe Espada crammed in for Baker in opposition to Cleveland.
Mancini, acquired from Baltimore on Monday to bolster Houston’s already dynamic lineup, hit a solo homer within the second and capped the Astros’ five-run third with a blast that cleared the 19-foot wall in left discipline and landed within the house run porch.
“It took me a very long time,” Mancini mentioned about his grand slam. “I lastly bought one.”
Mancini, beginning at DH on Friday, has homered 3 times in 4 video games with Houston. The Astros acquired him in a three-team commerce that additionally included Tampa Bay.
Mancini missed the 2020 season whereas battling Stage 3 colon most cancers. He returned to the sphere final season and was named the AL Participant of the Yr. Mancini batted .268 with 10 house runs and 41 RBIs with Baltimore this season.
Mancini mentioned he spent the primary day with the Astros studying the names of his new teammates and is feeling extra settled.
“From the second I bought traded right here I simply needed to make a optimistic influence every time I’m in there,” he mentioned. “Hopefully I can preserve it going.”
Yordan Álvarez drove in his 73rd run of the season — good for third within the AL — with a single within the third inning that gave Houston a 2-1 lead. Jose Altuve had three hits and an RBI.
Framber Valdez (10-4) gave up a solo homer to Amed Rosario within the first. The left-hander held Cleveland in test till the seventh when Luke Maile and Myles Straw drove in runs.
Valdez was pulled after strolling rookie Will Benson to load the bases with one out. Seth Martinez retired Rosario on a popup and struck out pinch-hitter Nolan Jones. Valdez allowed three runs and 7 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Houston has received seven straight at Progressive Area and has outscored Cleveland within the first two video games of this sequence 15-3.
Mancini and the Astros spoiled the key league debut of Cleveland right-hander Hunter Gaddis (0-1), who was charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. He retired the aspect so as within the first earlier than Houston’s offense took management.
Gaddis grew to become the thirteenth Cleveland participant to make his main league debut this season. He was 5-3 with a 4.07 ERA in 17 video games with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland chosen Gaddis, 24, within the fifth spherical of the 2019 draft.
Mancini’s one-out homer within the second tied the sport. Houston strung collectively three singles and a stroll earlier than Mancini’s grand slam within the third that got here on a 3-1 pitch.
“I by no means had three guys ready for me that had been on base earlier than so it was a very good feeling,” he mentioned.
Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan was 0 for two, snapping his 18-game hitting streak. Kwan was faraway from the sport within the fourth inning after fouling a pitch off his leg within the first.
Espada mentioned nobody else with the Astros has been affected by COVID-19 as of the conclusion of Friday’s sport.
Guardians supervisor Terry Francona despatched his greatest needs to Baker.
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“Ya know we didn’t discover out till concerning the fifth inning,” he mentioned. “I knew Dusty wasn’t there. I hope he’s OK. I imply, man, he’s close to and expensive to everyone. He’s a lot of what’s good in baseball. I hope it simply appears like he has the flu or an allergy and is again as a result of we care about him.”
Gaddis was instructed round 10 p.m. Thursday that he can be pitching within the huge leagues in lower than 24 hours.
“It was loopy,” he mentioned. “I blacked out. I don’t keep in mind the conversations I had, for essentially the most half. I used to be simply dashing round, attempting to get all the things collectively. It was wonderful, I can inform you that.”
Astros: Baker mentioned earlier than the sport that assessments on OF Aledmys Diaz’s left ring finger confirmed no fracture. Diaz, injured after colliding with heart fielder Jake Meyers on a fly ball Thursday evening, was out of the lineup. … OF Kyle Tucker, missed his second straight sport with an sickness.
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (proper wrist sprain) allowed two runs (one earned) in 4 innings on a rehab begin for Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He has been on the 15-day injured record since July 14.
Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (8-7, 3.81 ERA) bought the loss in opposition to Cleveland on Might 23, permitting 4 runs — two earned — over 5 innings.
Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (7-5, 4.08 ERA) misplaced to the Astros in Houston on Might 25. He gave up two runs, six hits and 4 walks in six innings.