The Houston Astros got a big boost from new recruit Trey Mancini when he hit a pair of home runs, punctuated by a grand slam, in the team’s 9-3 road win against the Cleveland Guardians on Friday.
Mancini, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last week, has now hit a home run in each of his two starts for his new club. In doing so, he became the first player in the modern era to hit a home run in his first two starts for his first two teams, having also accomplished the feat when he started with the O’s.
He struck first in the second inning, tying the game 1-1 after Amed Rosario hit his own home run to start the game for the Guardians, and Mancini’s second home run of the game came with the bases loaded in the third frame for the first. career grand slam.
Arguably the best hitter in baseball this season Yordan Alvarez went 2-for-5 and had his 73rd RBI of the season – seventh most in the league – and his future Hall-of-Fame teammate Jose Altuve tallied an RBI from his three meet. .
On the mound, Framber Valdez secured his 18th consecutive ‘quality’ start – defined by a pitcher going at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs – and finished with three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in his six-and- one- third round.
He now leads the league with 19 quality starts, and his streak of 18 in a row is the longest since Jacob deGrom rattled off 26 in a row dating back to May 2018.
The win moves the Astros’ record to 70-38 – one game behind the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League.
Yankees, Holmes blows late lead
The New York Yankees led for nearly the entire game before eventually falling 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to a blown save by All-Star reliever Clay Holmes.
Josh Donaldson drove in a pair of runs for the Yankees, while AL MVP favorite Aaron Judge collected two hits and came home to score twice, giving their team a 3-2 lead heading into the eighth inning.
Determined not to take any chances, the Yankees brought in Holmes an inning early to try to get to the ninth inning with the lead still in tact, but it wasn’t to be as Holmes conceded a walk and two hits, the second being a two-run double from Paul deJong to steal the lead.
Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley made no such mistakes, closing the door and collecting the save.
Gibson produces nearly perfect start for the Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Gibson had a perfect game through six innings in the team’s 7-2 win against the Washington Nationals.
Gibson retired the first 18 batters he faced, striking out three as he relied on strong fielding behind him to collect quick outs. His bid for a perfect game was finally broken up by a hit-by-pitch to begin the seventh frame, and a single by the next batter ended the no-hitter.
He finished with one earned run off two hits and one walk in eight complete innings, while Kyle Schwarber hit his 34th home run of the season to help on the offensive side of the ball. Only Judge has more home runs this season than Schwarber.