Jose Siri hit two home runs and added a two-run single in his first major league start, Yordan Alvarez hit a pair of 400-foot home runs and the AL West leading Houston Astros overwhelmed Monday. 15-1 to the Texas Rangers, who were in last place.
Siri finished 4 of 5 with five RBIs and scored three times for the Astros (84-59). Alex Bregman added a two-run homer, while Carlos Correa and José Altuve had two-run doubles. Houston built a 9-0 lead after scoring multiple runs in each of the first three innings against three Texas pitchers.
Houston starter Jake Odorizzi left with a sore right foot after coming off the mound and running to cover first base in the first out of the second inning.
Cristian Javier (4-1), the first of five relievers after Odorizzi, struck out six on a walk and allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings.
Rangers starter Spencer Howard allowed six runs in one 1/3 innings. After retiring Bregman with a 10-pitch strikeout in the second inning, Alvarez greeted reliever Wes Benjamin with a 401-foot two-run homer to right-center field.
Alvarez had the eighth multi-homer game of his career and the first season of 30 homers, when he added a 422-foot solo drive in the seventh inning.
With left fielder Michael Brantley missing his second straight game due to a sore right knee, manager Dusty Baker put rookie Siri, 26, into the starting lineup for the first time in his sixth major league game. While Baker wanted to take advantage of his speed and ability to cover a lot of ground in the spacious outfield, the bat turned out to be quite large.
Siri, who hit eighth, led off the second with a single and scored on Altuve’s double. He added a two-run home run in the third, a two-run single in the sixth and a solo home run in the eighth.
The 14-run win equaled the biggest this season for the Astros, who in their last game at Texas on Aug. 29 suffered their most lopsided loss (13-2). The 14-run loss equaled Texas’ biggest this season.
NO MALTA NO MORE
Siri’s first home run came off AJ Alexy, who was pitching in relief as planned for the third outing of his career. Alexy entered having pitched 11 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit in each of his first two starts. He had been the first pitcher in Major League history to pitch at least five scoreless innings and allow one or no hits in his first two career appearances. He allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Astros.
Astros: Baker said before the game that Brantley, among the AL leaders with his .315 batting average, was fine. … C Jason Castro (right knee discomfort) and 1B Taylor Jones (COVID-19 injury list) began injury rehab assignments for Triple-A Sugar Land.
Rangers: RF Adolis Garcia was hit by a pitch to his left wrist in the third inning. He stayed in the game and didn’t come out until Jason Martin took over right field in the eighth inning of the lopsided game. … OF Will Calhoun (left forearm) and INF Andy Ibanez (left hamstring) began rehab assignments at Triple-A Round Rock. 3B Brock Holt (COVID-19 disabled list) also played in that game and could rejoin the Rangers on Tuesday.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Astros RHP Zach Greinke (11-5, 3.66 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start since testing positive for COVID-19 last month. His last start was 16 days earlier, when he allowed six runs in four innings in a loss at Texas on Aug. 29. Texas RHP Jordan Lyles (8-11, 5.43) won his last out at Arizona last week when he pitched seven innings. in relief.