Strong odorizzi, Correa pulls home run as Astros sinks Indians
Posted On July 4, 2021
Jake Odorizzi controlled the Cleveland hitters for six innings, Carlos Correa hit a homerun and the Houston Astros didn’t miss a beat despite losing a few of their stars in a 3 win. -2 on the stoned Indians.
Through TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
4 July 2021, 02:45
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CLEVELAND – Jake Odorizzi controlled the Cleveland hitters for six innings, Carlos Correa scored and the Houston Astros didn’t miss a beat despite a few stars in a 3-2 win on Saturday night over the battered Indians, who lost a five in a row, a season high.
Odorizzi (3-3) allowed a earned run and four hits while throwing himself into the seventh. The right-hander has allowed just two runs in 20 innings in his last four starts.
The Houston reliever box, which has been volatile for much of the season, has succeeded. Ryne Stanek and Cristian Javier worked one set each before Ryan Pressly pitched a ninth 1-2-3 for his 14th save of 15 occasions.
Correa connected for his 16th homerun in fourth rookie Eli Morgan (1-3) and Abraham Toro added his third in the inning as the Astros improved to 32-16 against teams with a .500 record. or better – the best of such brand baseball.
Houston was not complete as manager Dusty Baker rested second baseman José Altuve and outfielder Michael Brantley, the AL’s top hitter, was hit late in the game due to side discomfort. law.
Cleveland lacked star third baseman José Ramírez. He missed his second game in a row with a sore left elbow.
The Indians blocked 15 runners – their most in a nine innings since 2012 – on Friday, but finally got the clutch they needed in the seventh when Harold Ramirez passed home Eddie Rosario, who started with a doubled to get closer to 3 -2.
The hit chased Odorizzi, who threw a season-high 91 shots, and the Astros brought in reliever Ryne Stanek. He stopped the Indians from leveling with two strikeouts and third baseman Toro made a good pick on an infielder to take out rookie Ernie Clement.
Morgan was the third consecutive rookie to start in the four-game series for the Indians, who try to stay above the water while their top three pitchers – Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac – return from injuries.
Odorizzi shut out the Indians in the first three, extending his scoreless streak to 18 innings before Cleveland eliminated an unearned run in the fourth.
With Cleveland fans chanting “Cheat-er!” Cheat-er! Correa, who didn’t play in Game 1 of the series when Altuve silenced the boos with a grand slam, gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first with a single RBI.
Correa was again the butt of more boos and heckling in the fourth when he fired a 3-2 pitch into the left field bleachers. A withdrawal later, Toro made it 3-0 with his shot over the fence to the right.
The Indians recovered a big chunk as Gold Glove winning catcher Roberto Pérez was activated from the injured list after missing nearly two months after finger surgery. Pérez is expected to start on Sunday.
However, Cleveland lacked Ramírez, who hit his left elbow while diving for a ball on Thursday. Manager Terry Francona said his best player was “only slightly better” and needed another day.
Astros: RF Kyle Tucker (back spasms) missed his second straight game after tightening up in batting practice on Friday. He was only available as a pinch hitter. … INF / OF Aledmys Díaz (broken left hand) hit balls off a tee for the first time since being hit with a pitch last month. Baker said he was “a few steps away” from his return.
Indians: Plesac regularly threw his fastpitch in the mid-90s during a three-innings rehab appearance for Double-A Akron. He allowed one run and two hits with four strikeouts. … OF Josh Naylor is expected to start what will be a lengthy rehab next week after surgery on Friday to repair several broken leg fractures and tear ligaments.
Houston RHP Zack Greinke (8-2) attempts to complete the series sweep against Indians RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2).
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